Politics & International Affairs  Greg Domin
 January 2010 (#10)  politics.nau.edu
Spring 2010: Welcome Back...Everyone!
Students in Class
Welcome back for the Spring 2010 semester! Students have returned to campus, the halls of SBS are busy, and faculty are in the classroom once again. The department has some updates to share with everyone. Sheila Nair has returned from Spain (see next story) and Bob Poirier is back in the classroom. Carol Thompson is on research leave in Zimbabwe this semester and Lori Poloni-Staudinger is heading to Austria as a Fulbright Scholar in February. Geeta Chowdhry and Steve Wright remain on sabbatical. This will be an exciting semester featuring important programs such as the multidisciplnary graduate student conference and a visit by Juan Coles, a prominent Middle East Scholar.
Sheila Nair Returns From Spain
Sheila in San Sebastian
Sheila Nair spent Fall semester 2009 teaching for the Universities Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in San Sebastian, Spain. She had American, local (Basque), and other foreign exchange students from Europe (such as Poland) and Australia in her Global Poverty and Human Rights classes. One of the interesting features of being in San Sebastian from a human rights perspective was the active local student body at the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del Pais Vasco). There was also much interest in issues such as preventative detention, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, climate change, and water and food rights. Despite its exceptionally lovely location, San Sebastian sustains a unique community and cultural identity, and one that has not been overshadowed by the march of globalization and tourism.
Leslie Fauver Studied Contemporary Islam
Sheila in San Sebastian
Leslie Fauver, undergraduate Politics & International Affairs student, studied Contemporary Islam through the Washington Semester Program at American University during the Fall 2009 semester. Through the class she met with ambassadors, researchers, and political groups; everyone offered a different perspective and an area of expertise to give a holistic understanding of contemporary issues. While in Washington, Leslie also interned at Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. At the end of the semester her class traveled to Jordan and Egypt for 3 weeks. While there, Leslie met with political leaders, religious scholars, journalists, activists, and student groups.
Zachary Toubman Interned w/ Sen. McCain
Zach ToubmanZachary Toubman, undergraduate Politics and International Affairs student, interned with Sen. John McCain in Washington, DC last semester. Here's the story of his experiences:

"On my first day working in the United States Senate, intimidation overwhelmed me as I approached the office where I would spend my fall semester. Making my way through the grandiose hallways of Russell Senate Office Building, I passed by the offices of Senator John Kerry and Lindsay Graham before I finally made it to my destination, Senator John McCain's office" [click here to continue story]
Alumni Update: Phillip Alexander
Phillip Alexander
Phillip Alexander (MPA, 1995) lives in Chandler, AZ and now serves as an Information Security Officer for a major financial institution. Phil is a published author, with dozens of articles and three books to his credit. He is married and has two sons. According to Phil, "My education at NAU helped to give the drive to continue my industry specific training which at the beginning seemed quite daunting."

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