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Celebrating 50 Years of Latin American Studies at Stanford

The year was 1965. The Cuban Missile Crisis had elevated fears about international security as the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war, and U.S.-Latin America relations were at an all time low.

To improve relations and expertise, and to prevent the proliferation of communism in the region, President John F. Kennedy enacted a series of federal aid and education programs, and expanded funding for higher education centers dedicated to the study of Latin America.

CEAS MA student researches history of disputed China Sea islands

Friction between China and Japan over sovereignty for the resource-rich Diaoyu Islands has escalated in recent years. Research by East Asian Studies graduate student Xiang Zhai reveals new details about the dispute that might help resolve it.

A desolate chain of small, rocky islands in the East China Sea has caused more than a few waves between Japan and China in recent years.

Foothill Community College Fellows Collaborate with Lacuna Stories

Stanford's Lacuna Stories is a dynamic education research project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA).  Their web-based platform  helps create a “flipped classroom” that encourages greater interaction between faculty and students, and more effective reading, thinking, and discussion through engagement with digital course materials, annotation tools, and discussion platforms.

SGS Announces Summer 2015 Film Festival Lineup

The sixth annual Summer Film Festival “Imagining Empire: A Global Retrospective,” will run from June 17th to August 26th and features eight films from around the world.  

"Empire," the focus of this year's film festival, offers a flexible lens with which to look at both historical and contemporary geopolitical and socioeconomic contexts. The films chosen truly represent the variety of ways in which empire has been cinematically interpreted and reimagined. 

Photo Contest Winners Announced

More than 100 photos were submitted in this year's SGS Student Photo Contest where they were judged on their technical quality, clarity and composition as well as the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment. 

Bao Jia Tan's photograph, "The Meat Seller," taken in Lhasa, Tibet, China, was judged the Best Photograph in Show.  The following description was submitted with the photo: 

SGS Awards Grants for Summer Research

 A generous gift from the Friends of Stanford University Foundation in Taiwan enables the Stanford Global Studies Division to award “Global Perspectives” grants to help fund SGS graduate student research each summer. The following students were awarded grants for summer 2015:

Srihari Seshasayee (CLAS) - Research at the Center of Studies on India and South Asia at Colombia’s Universidad Externado, and Peru’s Universidad del Pacífico and the Pontifical Catholic University

Navi Pillay Speaks to SGS Students

Stanford Global Studies (SGS), in partnership with the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice, presented its inaugural SGS Student Dinner featuring Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

 Approximately 80 students and faculty members from SGS’s 14 affiliated centers and programs gathered at the Stanford Faculty Club on May 4 to celebrate their spirited SGS community with a guest who embodies the ideals of global studies. 

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