International

GlobeMed at Tufts University

GlobeMed at Tufts is a group dedicated to building a movement of people who believe in health and justice for all. They partner with Nyaya Health,  a U.S. non-profit that works to provide free healthcare to the people of Achham, Nepal.

In 2012, Nyaya Health treated more than 30,000 patients as they began to implement a sustainable healthcare system in the region. Tufts GlobeMed is proud to be  a partner of this dynamic organization.

Check out GlobeMed’s new promo video:

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Fletcher Summer Institute

Applications are now available for the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI). This is the only executive education program in the interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields. This program offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict that draws upon its multidisciplinary approach to global affairs.

Since the program was founded in 2005, more than 300 individuals from more than 50 different countries have come together during this week-long seminar and shared their experiences. They have learned all about non-violent conflict, which is under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, as well as the fact that many hold widespread misconceptions about its use.

Watch the video below to get an overview of what this program encompasses.

For more information, visit the program website.

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Crisis Mapper – Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier, a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School, recently starred in a video inspired by the work of the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF).

SBTF group includes 1000+ digital humanitarians in more than 80 countries around the world. They are responsible for some of the important live crisis mapping operations that support humanitarian and human rights organizations. Crisis mapping involves monitoring use of information communications in conflict and disaster areas in order to improve response.  SBTF is committed to rapid learning and innovation as well as creative uses of technology due to their dedicated volunteers, Mapsters.

Check out this short video about Meier and SBTF that first aired on National Geographic Television Channel.

For more information visit Meier’s blog here.

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For Me For Me Formidable

Tufts in Talloires is a summer program offered for Tufts students to spend six weeks in the beautiful French alps studying a variety of subjects including botany, literature, language and international relations.

The students live with French host families as part of a homestay experience. Living with a family is a great way to experience and appreciate everyday French life, culture, authentic cuisine and French customs.

Check out this a video of the Tufts in Talloires Priory Staff practicing “For Me For Me Formidable” to perform at the Host Family Talent Show and Reception:

 

 

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House of Cards

Looking for a new show to watch? Netflix’s new original series, House of Cards, is actually based on a book with the same name by Fletcher alum Michael Dobbs, F72, F77. Dobbs published House of Cards in 1989, as the first of a trilogy and in the early 90′s all three novels were turned into a BBC miniseries.

Dobbs attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and graduated with an M.A., M.A.L.D, and PhD in nuclear defense studies. A native of England, he returned there after graduation and became involved in government as a member of the Conservative Party. He later became a a full-time writer.

Check out the trailer for the American adapted House of Cards:

For more interesting Fletcher tidbits, visit here.

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TuftsRecycles! Sends Shoes to Africa

Last semester, the TuftsRecyles! Team put a recycling bin for shoes in the Tisch Sports Center. The project was a partnership with Rerun Shoes, a full-service footwear recycling company, that aims to remove usable shoes from waste lots in North America while supporting sustainable microbusinesses in the African Tropics.

TuftsRecycles! recently updated their blog announcing that the are sending their first full box of shoes to secondhand shoe vendors in Mali, Guinea and Liberia. Check out the photo below and visit their blog for more details.

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Winter Break Abroad

This winter break,  students involved with the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) traveled across the globe to conduct research. IGL at Tufts focuses on teaching students to be  effective and ethical leaders, “ready to act as global citizens in addressing international and national issues across cultures.”

Students traveled to Cambodia, Colombia, India, Kosovo, New Orleans, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda,  Turkey and Uganda this winter break and the IGL Facebook page posted some great photos from their travels. Check out these below and more on their Facebook page!

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Conflict & Natural Resources Videos

Part of  Nancy Gleason’s PS138: Conflict & Natural Resources class requires students to create group presentations on oil, diamonds, or minerals, the potential conflicts they bring about, and potential resolution approaches to the conflicts related to their natural resource of choice. The course itself “examines the role of natural resource endowments and scarcity in national and international conflict.”

Check out three videos from this semester’s batch of projects:

“The Cost of Conflict: A Message to Private Oil Firms” by Ryan Egger, A14, Ally Manning, A13, Mariah Martin, A13, Janet Rubin, A14, Katie Segal, A14

“Revamping the Kimberley Process” by Danielle Jenkins, A13, Meagan Maher, A13, Karen Bustard, A13, Daniel Goodman, A14, and Stephanie Krantz, A14

“Somali Piracy Over Natural Resources” by Jack Miller, A14, Chris Banaszek, A13, Sean Gunn, A15, Angela Sun, A13, Hans Ege Wenger, A14, Steve Yu, A13

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Kim Wilson: Cashless Conversations

Professor Kim Wilson, a lecturer at The Fletcher School and fellow at the Feinstein International Center, will be one of the featured panelists during MasterCard’s Cashless Conversations event, “What Does Financial Inclusion Mean to You?” on November 13.

MasterCard’s mission is to unite leaders and experts who can share insights into the benefits of a cashless society. Wilson’s academic and research interests concern how we can best use business to help marginalized women and families. At the event, she will discuss how to best help those on the margins of financial development enter–and thrive in–a world with better financial options.

In this clip, Wilson introduces her conversation topic and expresses enthusiasm for the upcoming event:

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Fletcher Students: “It Only Takes Ten”

The Educate Lanka Foundation is running a campaign called “It Only Takes Ten” in an effort to expand access to educational resources in Sri Lanka. The campaign encourages people to donate $10, volunteer 10 minutes out of their day, or tell 10 people about the cause, as a means to raise global awareness  while also generating funds.

Students at The Fletcher School are doing their part to spread the word: in this recently released video, you’ll meet a multilingual group of students who announce the campaign in several different languages. Watch the video below, and learn more about the campaign here:

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