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The new students are here! They’ll be on the move for the whole week, meaning life in Admissions is not so completely different from last week. But we’ll meet them over lunch or at special sessions (including a morning of community service that I’ll be participating in tomorrow) and it’s starting to feel like the fall semester is upon us. Here’s the registration scene from this morning.
I liked this group in the corner, already looking like a study group at work.
Today’s agenda is a mix of welcomes and briefings that will help everyone get settled in. A barbeque tonight will cap it all off. By next Tuesday, when returning students are back in the building, the first-years will feel like old pros.
Tagged with: Orientation
There have been several interesting stories this week about triple Jumbo Nahid Bhadelia, who completed her MA degree at Fletcher and her MD degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2005, after graduating from Tufts Arts and Sciences in 1999. As she prepares for a trip to Sierra Leone to work with Ebola patients, Nahid has been profiled in the Boston Globe and on Boston’s local CBS, NBC, and ABC, stations, as well as on MSNBC, WBUR, and in a piece in the Huffington Post that describes the disease in detail.
Though the current circumstances are extreme, Nahid exemplifies the professional profile of our MA-MD graduates. Just as Emerson Tuttle wrote in the blog this spring about the MA-DVM dual Fletcher-veterinary degree, the relatively small number of students for whom the MA-MD is the right fit are seeking a particular path for their career — one where the international dimension is inseparable from the medical/veterinary core of their work.
Tagged with: Dual Degrees
The few students at Fletcher for the past two weeks were in the GMAP program, but they took off during the weekend. Next up for GMAP: the mid-program residency in Tallinn, Estonia for the students who started the program in March.
Though the GMAP students may have gone, the Fletcher staff is not alone this week. The MIB pre-session starts today!
All incoming MIB students are required to take the pre-session, but it is open to new and continuing students in other programs as well. The pre-session wraps up just in time for new student Orientation, meaning we’re within two weeks of a full house. I’m looking forward to it, even as I’m scrambling to wrap up some summer projects!
I’d like to draw your attention to the Fletcher Forum website, which includes several articles posted in recent weeks. (Forum writers and editors never rest!)
Click through the photos on the front page, and you’ll find:
The Peace Corps We Deserve, by Emily Cole
It Still Takes a Network: Defeating the Progeny of al-Queda in Iraq, by Travis Douglas Wheeler
How the Internet Became a Focal Point for Espionage, by James Lewis
In case you missed it, Fletcher compiled a set of videos reflecting the Best of 2013-2014 at the School. (More specifically, the videos share some highlight moments from the year’s conferences and visitors.) Check ‘em out!
Blog posts have a short shelf life, and most readers don’t dig too deep into the archives. For that reason, I thought I’d share some of the most “liked” posts of this past year, as generated by the button below each post. Click on the photo below to take you to the original blog post or the feature series that it was part of.
First, and probably the blog post that has received the greatest number of “likes” ever, was Devon Cone’s report on her five years after Fletcher. It’s a lovely story that has drawn several particularly warm comments. If you enjoy reading about Devon’s post-Fletcher path, consider scrolling through all of the Five Year Updates.
Each of the posts in the Faculty Spotlight series was well received, and I couldn’t possibly choose among the professors, so I invite you to read all of their self-introductions. Click on Prof. Klein’s photo to the left, and then scroll through the posts I collected in 2013-2014. More to come this fall!
Incoming students have told me that they appreciated reading the stories of current students, and everyone was happy for Roxanne when she received the Presidential Award for Citizenship. To catch up with everything that Roxanne, Mirza, Scott, Diane, Liam, and Mark wrote this year, check out all the Student Stories.
Also informative for prospective students have been the updates from students in their first year post-Fletcher. Given the favorable response, I was proactive this year — I lined up a big bunch of students who graduated in May and who volunteered to write about the post-Fletcher career they hadn’t yet started. I’ll begin collecting the posts at the end of the fall. (As I write this, Margot’s post has exactly 100 likes.)
I enjoyed reading the posts students wrote about their activities during the academic year. I learned about things I had never even heard of! In addition to the post on the Human Rights Practicum, the one on the International Criminal Court Simulation was particularly well liked, but go ahead and check out the complete collection of Cool Stuff posts.
Finally, there were lots of likes for a few stories about particular students or alumni — posts that weren’t part of a blog feature series.
I don’t do it too often, but sometimes I can’t resist a nice wedding story. And with a Fletcher professor officiating at the ceremony, they don’t get much more Fletcherish than Megan and Sebastian’s event last summer.
The common element in nearly all these most-liked posts is that they were written by students, alumni, or professors. The few that I wrote myself tell the stories of students or alumni. That gives me a strong hint about areas on which to focus blog posts in 2014-2015!
Last Sunday, while I was doing a bit of cooking, I had good (and informative) company through the airwaves from Dean Stavridis, who was interviewed on NPR about the crisis in Ukraine. In any week, the dean can be found in a number of different forums, starting with his own blog and Twitter feed. He also has a new book coming out this fall. But the real reason for this short post is to bring your attention to a column he wrote for Time.com about his transition to an academic life. Among his other observations: “I went from the crisp efficiency of the U.S. military to what feels like, in comparison, the free-wheeling academic carnival that is higher education.” One year into his tenure as dean, Dean Stavridis seems to be thoroughly enjoying the “challenge of leading and mentoring young people, helping guide the trajectory of their lives in a positive direction,” despite the “startling shift” in his environment.
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Though summer reading is no more required this week than it was last week, I wanted to share some recent books by members of the Fletcher community, both faculty members and graduates. I can’t ensure that the list is comprehensive, but with topics from brand management to grand strategy, the new publications provide a nice picture of the breadth of interests at Fletcher.
Books by faculty
Kelly Sims Gallagher, The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology
Robert Pfaltzgraff (with Jacquelyn K. Davis), Anticipating a Nuclear Iran
Joel Trachtman, The Future of International Law: Global Government
Jeswald Salacuse, Negotiating Life: Secrets for Everyday Diplomacy and Deal Making
Books recently or soon-to-be published by recent graduates
Benedetta Berti, Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy and Affinity
Alison Lawlor Russell, Cyber Blockades
And two others
Finally, a less recent graduate, Bill Richardson F’71, has published How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator. Prof. Salacuse also wrote a review essay of the book for Negotiation Journal. Check it out for a nice description of Ambassador Richardson’s career.
Tagged with: Supplementary reading
Tucked into one of Fletcher’s lecture rooms for the next two weeks are mid-career students in the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) class of 2013-2014. They were welcomed back to campus with a dinner last night, and they’ll be in residence for two weeks, capping off a year of internet-mediated learning, punctuated by two prior residencies — here at Fletcher last summer, and in Abu Dhabi in January. This class will graduate on Saturday, July 19. A fresh group of students in the Class of 2014-2015 will arrive shortly thereafter.
The GMAP class is big enough to make a little noise when they’re on break, but the daily schedule is intense and we won’t see them often. It’s still nice to know that there are students in the building.
Tagged with: GMAP
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