Global Articles & Blogs

Tiana Golding stands in front of the Great Wall of China
April 27, 2018
For years, Tiana Golding ’19 has been fascinated with China and how the world’s most populous country interacts with the United States. She studied China as a student at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. And she set her sights on continuing her studies at Clark University....
Timothy Downs, seated, in office, holding a water bottle
April 26, 2018
A four-year study by Clark University and Boston University researchers examining the vulnerability of Holliston, Massachusetts’ drinking-water sources has raised questions about residents’ exposure to contaminants. Furthermore, the authors conclude, “the findings in Holliston have national and global significance for...
Corn dying in a field because of parched earth from drought
April 25, 2018
Two experts from Clark University will serve as lead authors for the next major report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Edward Carr
Lyndon Estes standing next to tree on Clark University campus
April 4, 2018
A study led by Clark University geographer Lyndon Estes and published this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests how ecologists might employ better methods and scales for collecting data on ecological phenomena. Ecologists study ecosystems by comparing changes over time and between different areas of a region or...
Rebecca Carter-Chand standing in front of bookcase in Rose Library
March 26, 2018
Salvation Army bell ringers with their kettles are a familiar sight around the holidays in the United States, and their charitable work is well known, but few are familiar with a dark chapter in the organization’s history. Rebecca Carter-Chand, visiting professor at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies...
Kaiomi Innis stands in front of audience, holding a microphone
March 22, 2018
Editor's note: Kaiomi Inniss ’19 chaired the sixth annual Third Culture Kid and Global Nomads Conference at Clark on Feb. 24, and co-led a workshop, “Picking Up the Crumbs: An Exploration of Food Politics in the Lives of TCKs,” with Chikondi Thangata ’20. Below, Inniss reports on the day’s events. The question, "Where are...
Several students gather with Professor Richard Peet on the staircase of Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University in 2004
February 28, 2018
Clark University Geography Professor Richard (Dick) Peet will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) at the association’s Annual Meeting in April. The AAG will honor Peet “for his extraordinary career as a scholar, teacher, mentor, editor and activist.” “AAG honors are among...
Victor Uhuru sits at table, holding a pen and writing in a notebook, with another book in front of him
February 27, 2018
Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has welcomed Victor Uhuru, the Inaugural Fellow-Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. Uhuru is a graduate of the University of Nairobi in Kenya and president of the Youth Advancement Initiative, which engages young adults in decision-making...
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Scott Zimmerman speaks at podium in Anderson House conference room
February 20, 2018
“What can you do with an English degree?” is a question that Clark University’s English Department encourages students to explore, especially by meeting with alumni who return to campus to talk about their careers. At a recent gathering in the department’s Anderson House, Scott Zimmerman ’99 relayed what happened when he...
Kim Lucian in front of tank
February 14, 2018
Lucian Kim ’92 calls himself a wanderer. The summer before his first semester at Clark University, he backpacked his way around Eastern Europe. He did it again two summers later — then spent his junior year studying abroad in Germany. He made his first trip to Russia that year as well. All that roaming has served Kim well...
Russia
February 14, 2018
Hardly a day goes by when American media outlets don’t cover a new bombshell about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s the Russian view? “I don’t think collusion is on the radar of the average Ivan on the street. It doesn’t affect them.” Lucian Kim '92  “Often, there isn’t one,” Lucian Kim ’92...
Trump supporter holds sign saying "Teamsters 4 Trump"
January 25, 2018
As President Trump and other global leaders headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, two international publications featured timely articles by Yuko Aoyama, associate provost, dean of research and professor of geography at Clark University, and three Clark geography alumni, examining the backlash against...
Molly Gurney sits on a stone fence and points at a mountain in Thailand as a villager stands by
January 24, 2018
The women of Na Nong Bong, a small village in northeastern Thailand, sell hand-woven scarves to sustain themselves and raise money for their local activist organization, Kon Rak Ban Keud (People Who Love Their Hometown). They do so with a distinct purpose: to protest a mining company they say is contaminating their...
Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
Gilman scholars standing for a posed shot
January 9, 2018
Thirty percent of Clark University undergraduates study abroad, compared with only 2 percent of college students nationwide. And now there’s even more good news to report: Clark has a record number of students – nine – who received the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern...
Charline Kirongozi speaks to another student at Clark University's Fall Fest 2017
December 8, 2017
Charline Kirongozi ’18 brings multiple perspectives to her political science studies at Clark University. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who grew up in Portland, Maine, Kirongozi draws from her personal experiences while also learning from others. If there’s a common thread to her research, it’s that she...
Erika Schaper standing in the jungle in the Philippines
December 4, 2017
Since 1893, most biologists have accepted Dollo’s law, named for the Belgian paleontologist who hypothesized that evolution moves forward, never reversing. A living organism doesn’t regain a trait — an inherited characteristic, like a tail or limb – lost during its evolutionary development, Louis Dollo suggested. About...
Sun-Hee Gertz, right, stands and poses with her husband, Uwe Gertz
November 9, 2017
“Since third grade, I knew I would be a professor. I just didn't know of what. In fact, I didn't know which field would become my area of specialization until my first year of Ph.D. studies. Moving from chemistry to philosophy to art to literature, I finally decided on comparative literature with a focus on Western...
Sweta Basnet standing near a building in Nepal
November 1, 2017
Two years after twin earthquakes struck central Nepal, the country is still feeling the aftereffects. Thousands of residents are living in temporary shelters, and communities are working to rebuild hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. About Sweta Basnet ’18 Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Spanish Hometown...
Father at left talking to teen son at right
October 24, 2017
Across two different cultures — Ghana and the United States — when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, youth have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, with less depression. Yet allowing adolescents to make decisions and...
Marissa Callender feeds an elephant in South Africa.
October 5, 2017
Marissa Callender interacted with amazing wildlife, like elephants here and in photo above, during her internship with Africa Media. Marissa Callender ’18 recently experienced a summer of firsts. It was the first time she traveled alone to a new continent; the first time she snapped a selfie with an elephant; the first...
Clark students, some in traditional garb, enjoy conversation and refreshment at the Global Scholars reception.
September 21, 2017
Clark’s 2017 Global Scholars gathered for a welcoming reception and mixer on Sept. 19, hosted by President David Angel and Jocelyne Bauduy, his wife, at Harrington House. The eleven new students, who hail from nine different countries, mixed with Global Scholars from previous classes. Many also met for the first time with...
Erica Issenberg sitting in front of computers, with Terrset GIS image on screen
September 21, 2017
Since her high school days in Vermont, where she was involved in social and environmental justice movements, Erica Issenberg ’18 has always sought to change the world for the better. At Clark University, she has found others who share her passion for justice, and discovered new ways to make a difference, whether in...
Anthony Jreije stnaind on a beach in Beirut with buildings in background across the water
September 15, 2017
Imagine paying 90 percent of your income on rent. That’s a reality facing many residents of Beirut — and a focus of Anthony Jreije’s research into the politics of gentrification in Lebanon’s capital. The Clark University undergraduate’s project has been supported by Steinbrecher and Condakes fellowships and the LEEP Center...

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