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Global Briefs

Global BriefsA quick look at some of the international happenings in the student community.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.24.09] For the second year in a row, the Department of International Relations teamed up with Career Services to host the International Affairs Virtual Career Networking Forum.

From Oct. 27 to Nov. 17, students interested in careers in international fields networked with alumni across numerous disciplines, industries and employers. Participating alumni included a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, Americorps members, a former trade analyst for the Department of Commerce and a marketing consultant for the Olympic Games. Over a three-day period, alumni were available to give students advice and information about upcoming opportunities.

"Students are not aware of the diversity of jobs they can pursue with an internationally focused education," says Moira Todd, program administrator for the IR department. "This event helps broaden their perspective."

Approximately 100 students took part in the networking forums over the two years they have been in place, and 20 more alumni participated this year than last year.

A Heated Debate

Ever wanted to watch two professors go head to head in a heated debate? Every year, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy gives students that chance by hosting their annual Everett-Moomaw Debate, where Bruce Everett, professor of International Business, and Bill Moomaw, professor of International Environmental Policy, tackle issues like climate change and environmental policy for the education and entertainment of Tufts students.

Everett and Moomaw have been participating in this event for six years. This year's debate, held on Nov. 19, focused on the expectations and fears for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Organized by the Elke Jans, a doctoral candidate in The Fletcher School, the debate provides students with an outlet not only to hear both sides of the argument but also to voice their own opinions.

"Many students find their own perspectives challenged during the debate," Jans says. "Plus it's a fun format. We don't often get to see our professors disagree and pick on each other."

Interested in viewing the debate? Watch it here.

The World in Film

Students have until Dec. 6 to catch films in the Global Lens Series, an international touring film series run by the Global Film Initiative and sponsored on campus this fall by the Department of International Relations.

Screening films from ten countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, the series exposes students to a variety of cultures and encourages discussion among viewers.

"Some are slower than others, some are stranger than others, but all bring to life the history, culture and social issues from around the world," says Moira Todd, program administrator for the IR department.

Remaining screenings include Macedonia's "I am from Titov Veles" (Dec. 5, 7 p.m.), Indonesia's "The Photograph" (Dec. 2, TBD) and Argentina's "Possible Lives" (Dec. 4, 7 p.m.). For more information about the films and times and locations of all screenings, visit

Stories by Catherine Scott (A'11)

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