January 18, 2001|
To: UCSD Faculty Interested in International Studie
From: International Studies Center Working Group
Subject: International Studies Retreat
This letter is to remind you of the invitation to participate in an all-day retreat on Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the UCSD Faculty Club, on the subject of "International Studies at UCSD: Developing a Center."
This event arises from the work of an advisory committee appointed by SVCAA Chandler in 1999 to review the status of international studies at UCSD and consider ways in which UCSD might better organize its research and teaching to promote synergies among existing programs. One recommendation of the advisory committee was the formation of a Center for International Studies, whose mission would be to facilitate research, teaching and public communication on international issues at our campus. A center could coordinate work among existing programs, encourage new activities, and be an advocate for resources on international programs. Our Working Group was charged to develop plans and a proposed structure for an International Studies Center, and we are preparing the final draft of a report to the SVCAA on these issues.
As a step in this process, we seek to articulate some of the areas of intellectual interest on the campus that cut across departments, divisions and programs. Discussion around several selected themes will help identify areas of research, help faculty learn about others on campus who may share their interests, and stimulate projects for the future.
Following the Retreat, faculty will be invited to submit Planning Grant proposals for Working Groups -- teams of faculty that will set out to collaborate on specific research projects. Three Working Groups will be funded by the SVCAA at $5000 each to develop ongoing work in their area.
The International Studies Center Working Group, after informal consultation with faculty, has identified a program for the Retreat. The panel topics reflect only a partial list of broad faculty research interests. In a single day, it is not possible to cover all topics. The complete program appears below and includes the names of the coordinators and members of the panel sessions.
Schedule for Retreat
9:00 am Welcoming Remarks: Explanation of Goals of Retreat
9:15--10:45 am SESSION I: Citizenship -- Changing Definitions &
Panel Coordinator: Akos Rona-Tas, Sociology
10:45 am Coffee Break
11:00--12:30 pm SESSION II: Globalization -- Culture,
Panel Coordinator: Peter Gourevitch
12:30--1:30 pm Lunch at the Faculty Club
1:30--3:00 pm SESSION III: Violence and Conflict in National &
Panel Coordinators: Charles Briggs, Ethnic Studies
3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:15-4:45 pm SESSION IV: Area Studies in Transition
Panel Coordinators: Joseph Esherick, History & Chinese Studies
4:45-5:45 pm SESSION V: A Center for International Studies --
5:45-6:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception
This is an important event for international studies on our campus. We hope you can attend.
Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 by filling out and returning the following questionnaire to Michele Dotson (firstname.lastname@example.org, or X4-0097). The questionnaire asks that you let us know which Session interests you the most. Please take the time to complete this section.
Thank you for your interest.
The International Studies Center Working Group:
Joe Esherick (History/Chinese Studies)
Enclosure (Questionnaire on International Studies Center) -- please see below
QUESTIONNAIRE ON INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CENTER
Please return by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2001 to:
_____ YES, I am planning to attend the retreat on Saturday, January 27, 2001.
_____ NO, I am unable to attend.
I am primarily interested in the following sessions (check as many as you wish):
_____ Citizenship -- Changing Definitions and Consequences
_____ Globalization -- Culture, Communication, Politics, and Economics
_____ Violence and Conflict In National & Transnational Contexts
_____ Area Studies in Transition
_____ A Center for International Studies -- Issues and Themes for the Future