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I never attend as many special lectures as I would want, but it’s always good to know that they’re happening and that students have the opportunity to broaden their education beyond the classroom by attending. The series developed by the The Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) for this spring looks particularly interesting. In announcing the line-up, the folks over at IBGC describe the IBGC Speaker Series as having “provided Fletcher students with substantive networking and recruiting opportunities with relevant global business leaders for the past 12 years.” Updates to the lineup can be found on Twitter @IBGC_Fletcher.
- Wed. 1/22 – Susan Livingston, Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman
- Thur. 1/23 – Ashish Karamchandani, Partner, Monitor Inclusive Markets, Monitor Deloitte India
- Wed. 1/29 – Jeff Dodson (GMAP ’12), EVP, Strawn, Arnold & Associates
- Mon. 2/10 – Theodore Forbath, Global VP, FrogDesign
- Wed. 2/26 – Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie, Former Iraqi Security Advisor and Statesman in Residence at Fletcher
- Wed. 3/5 – Chip Ray, EVP, Chicago Bridge & Iron
- Fri. 3/7 – Maria Gordon, F’98, EVP, PIMCO
- Thurs. 3/13 – Willy Foote, CEO, Root Capital
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The spring goes by in a blur of admissions work for me, but outside our office, it’s about the most interesting time of the year. In just the past few weeks, Fletcher students ran or attended a successful Energy Conference, and listened to a whole bunch of special lectures. Since I can’t list them all, you might want to click on the highlighted dates on the April Fletcher calendar.
Classes end Monday but that doesn’t mean the events have come to a quiet close. Instead, recent Fletcher grad Andrew Lewis will highlight a conversation session with the Diplomacy Club. And today, there’s a featured talk about the Turkish economy, before students start tying their bow ties for tonight’s annual Diplomat’s Ball. (Sadly, no links to share — you’ll need to trust me that it has been the source of much discussion.) Dip Ball attendees will want to cut short their sleep to attend tomorrow’s Spring Fling. (Even I might come up to campus at about 1:00 to catch Lupe.)
There are two past events that warrant particular mention. First was Brian William’s participation in the annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. The event was sponsored, in part, by Fletcher’s Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy. And the second was the very special lecture last Friday by Muhammad Yunus.
Honestly, I have no idea how students manage to complete all their academic work.
An amusing aside — no matter how advanced their technology, some phones are still not a good match for a student in international affairs. Margot shared her failed attempt to convince her phone to allow her to tell a friend that she had walked by Muhammad Yunus. In an email, she further noted, “It’s not every place where passing Muhammad Yunus on the sidewalk is something worthy of a text in the first place — that’s sort of a Fletcher thing.”
April is a crazy time at Fletcher! Classes are nearing their conclusion on the 29th, which should be enough to keep students busy. But added to the reading, paper writing, and test taking, is a sudden burst of lectures and conferences that are the culmination of the year’s work of the School’s groups, programs, and faculty.
Cheating a bit by starting off on March 30, I’m going to list some of the events from which Fletcher students have been choosing. Coming up, or recently passed, we have:
The Center for Emerging Markets Enterprise conference on country management.
The WSSS (Water: Systems, Science and Society) symposium on Water in 2050.
The Tufts Institute for Global Leadership conference on A World of (wiki) Leaks.
The World Economic Forum at The Fletcher School.
The Killing Cash conference.
That may not even capture all the conferences since, for all I know, another notice will go out by email as soon as I post this blog entry.
And in addition to the conferences, there have been lectures (Bob Woodward) and films (The Dark Side of Chocolate) and book talks (Prof. Ian Johnstone) and more. In sum, a zillion opportunities to learn (and procrastinate) before the end of the semester and exams.
Erin, a current student, thought you all need a break from decision talk and she sent information about an upcoming conference, conveniently timed for one of the weeks when admitted students sometimes come by for a visit. Here’s the info:
“Exploring Energy’s Great Debates:
Moving Past Posturing to Arrive at Achievable Energy Solutions”
April 15 – 16, 2011, Cabot Intercultural Center, Medford, MA
We welcome you to attend the 6th Annual Tufts Energy Conference. Learn from and engage with key energy industry experts, policymakers, and the rising generation of energy leaders in a thought-provoking discussion on the pertinent challenges and opportunities facing today’s energy sector. Registration NOW OPEN! Sign-up by March 15 to get your early-bird discount!
Our goal is to create constructive debate on how incremental policy changes and business model innovations can make a meaningful impact on global energy challenges in the next 10 years. In addition to learning from our diverse expert panelists, you’ll have the opportunity to network with energy-industry professionals and learn about career and internship opportunities in a variety of fields at our showcase.
Features of the 2011 Tufts Energy Conference include:
• Two day conference with keynotes, panels and workshops covering a wide range of pressing energy debates in energy efficiency, mass transit, clean energy, shale gas and deepwater drilling.
• Energy Showcase — an educational and interactive platform intended to indulge the curiosity of all energy enthusiasts. Presentations on diverse projects and technologies developed by companies, NGOs, governmental organizations, and student research groups
• Professional Networking, career & internship recruitment opportunities
• Inaugural Energy Challenge — Tufts undergraduate and graduate students compete to win $1000 to fund energy research and action projects
• 1st Hot Rod Show — Car companies & student groups display energy-efficient autos for the public.
The Tufts Energy Conference is organized by a diverse mix of Tufts undergraduates and graduate students from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning program and the School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.
As Admissions staff members don our blinders, all the better to focus on the task at hand, we hear rumors that the rest of Fletcher is carrying on as normal. Normal, that is, so long as we consider hyper-drive to be a typical state. Consider the comments of second-year MALD student, Jasmine, as presented to the Social List this week under the heading “Huge Dilemma: Six Great Events on at Fletcher this Friday: How do I decide?” Here’s Jasmine’s message:
I love the dynamism of Fletcher, but looking at my calendar for this Friday, I find myself strangely disappointed that there are six wonderful events on that day. Why would I be disappointed at so much greatness? Because I can’t be in more than one place at once, and therefore have to decide, somehow, which of the events to attend.
This Friday we have:
1. Professor Ibrahim Warde on the current crisis in Libya at 2:00 p.m.
2. The U.S. – China Symposium, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
3. “Implications of Regime Collapse in North Korea,” the Korea Policy Study Group discussion, from 12 to 2 p.m.
4. “U.S.-Vietnam Relations: Past, Present and Future,” the ASEAN Society discussion with Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. Tung Nguyen, F’96, 2 to 4 p.m.
5. The Marketing Workshop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6. “The Clash of Titans: Hitler and Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia,” the talk by Gabriel Gorodetsky, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Anyone facing a similar dilemma?
Love you Fletcher,
Here’s a word from Peter, our chat organizer and expert:
If you are currently in the process of completing your application to Fletcher for September 2011, you’re probably busy putting the finishing touches on your essays, preparing to upload various documents, or finding a polite way to remind your recommenders to submit their letters on your behalf. As our application deadlines approach, admissions staff will be available for two online chats to help answer any last minute questions about the Fletcher application process. You are invited to log in and ask any remaining questions you may have. The chats will be held at the following dates and times:
Tuesday, January 11th
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Thursday, January 13th
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
In addition, we will be holding “Virtual Office Hours” on Friday, January 14th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). During this time period, an admissions officer will be online and available to answer any questions you may have related to your application to Fletcher.
To log in to the Chats or the Virtual Office Hours, please visit this site at the dates/times indicated above. Please note that all times are Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5). If you are unable to participate in the online forums or would prefer to ask your questions individually, please feel free to contact our office directly by email or phone (+1.617.627.3040).
We look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications in the coming weeks and months!
Please note that we’d like to keep this week’s chats focused and efficient for the applicants who join us. If you aren’t planning to apply to Fletcher this year, or are just interested in learning more about the School and the degree programs we offer, we look forward to sharing information with you in more broadly-focused chats at a future date.
Shopping Day today! It’s a chance for students to efficiently sample new courses, new professors, and the fall’s seminars. It’s like academic speed dating, with the result being a good schedule for the semester. The day’s agenda allows shoppers to move from option to option, picking up a better sense of the nature and pacing of a class than can be gained from the syllabus alone. Tomorrow we dive into the fall semester and all the action it brings — both inside and out of the classroom.
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