|Dr. Juan Cole Lectures to Full House|
Dr. Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, spoke to a packed crowd of 600 students Monday, April 5. Author of the recent book Engaging the Muslim World, Cole spoke eloquently about how the United States needs to think more complexly about our role in the Middle East. Earlier in the day, Cole met with faculty and graduate students in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at a brown bag lunch. He was honored at a public reception on campus just before his evening talk. Dr. Juan Cole is a preeminent Middle East Scholar. He is regularly invited to comment on U.S. news programs. His blog "Informed Comment" has won many awards for excellence and is followed regularly by policy makers around the world. The Department of Politics and International Affairs was proud to sponsor Dr. Cole's visit to NAU.
| Dr. Jared Sexton Addresses Race in America|
Jared Sexton, Associate Professor in the Program in African American
Studies and the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University
of California, Irvine, spoke to NAU students on Thursday, March 25. His lecture explored the significance of the ongoing shift in the color line from a white/non-white to black/non-black configuration in the post-civil rights era United States. In his talk, Sexton addressed how we might re-frame discussions of immigration, multiracialism (race mixture), and coalition-building among people of color in this context. Jared Sexton recently authored Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism (2008). Following his public presentation, Dr. Sexton met with Dr. Joel Olson's graduate class on Race and Ethnic Politics for a more in-depth exploration of these ideas.
|Paid Internship Opportunity in Sedona|
The Department of Politics and International Affairs is pleased to announce a new internship opportunity with the Sedona City Manager's Office. Starting next year, the City Manger will take on paid interns from the department to perform duties involving real policy issues. Tim Ernster, Sedona City Manager, met with students on Tuesday, March 30 to discuss this opportunity. Ernster is dedicated to creating a meaningful experience for one student each semester. This is a terrific way for students to see if they would like to pursue a career in municipal government. A call for interns will be distributed early next year.
|Alumni Profile: Brian Donkersley|
Brian Donkersley (IA, 2009) recently completed an internship with the International Rescue Committee where he worked with refugee communities in the United States. He is now heading to graduate school. In the Fall he will begin attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He looks forward to a career in international humanitarian service. According to Donkersley, "I owe my success to the sturdy foundation set in place at NAU and your initiatives to challenge, encourage, and develop my abilities." We look forward to hearing good things from Brian for years to come.