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 SVCAA
                                                      Marsha Chandler; Peter Gourevitch

9:15--10:45 am SESSION I: Citizenship -- Changing Definitions &

            Panel Coordinator: Akos Rona-Tas, Sociology
            Panel Members: Wayne Cornelius, Political Science
                                          James Holston, Anthropology
                                          Michael Schudson, Communication
                                          John Skrentny, Sociology

10:45 am Coffee Break

11:00--12:30 pm SESSION II: Globalization -- Culture, Communication,
                                                    Politics, & Economics

            Panel Coordinator: Peter Gourevitch
            Panel Members: David A. Lake, Political Science
                                          Lisa Lowe, Literature
                                          Lawrence Palinkas, Family & Preventive
                                          Medicine, SOM
                                          Joel Robbins, Anthropology

12:30--1:30 pm Lunch at the Faculty Club

1:30--3:00 pm SESSION III: Violence and Conflict in National &
                                                Transnational Contexts

            Panel Coordinators: Charles Briggs, Ethnic Studies
                                                Lisa Yoneyama, Literature
                                                Panel Members: Denise Ferreira da Silva,
                                                Ethnic Studies
                                                Rosemary George, Literature
                                                Stephanie Smallwood, History

3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 pm SESSION IV: Area Studies in Transition

            Panel Coordinators: Joseph Esherick, History & Chinese Studies
                                                Peter Smith, Political Science & Latin
                                                American Studies
            Panel Members: Richard Madsen, Sociology -- China
                                          Vicente Rafael, Communication -- Southeast Asia
                                          Winifred Woodhull, Literature -- Europe
                                          Eric Van Young, History -- Latin America

4:45-5:45 pm SESSION V: A Center for International Studies -- Issues &
                                                Themes for the Future
            Panel Coordinator: Peter Gourevitch
            Panel Members: Joseph Esherick, History
                                          David A. Lake, Political Science
                                          Akos Rona-Tas, Sociology
                                          Peter Smith, Political Science
                                          Lisa Yoneyama, Literature

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 (mdotson@ucsd.edu, 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)
Peter Gourevitch (IR/PS), Chair, 2000-01
Miler Kahler (IR/PS), Chair, 1999-00
David Lake (Political Science)
Joel Robbins (Anthropology), 1999-00
Akos Rona-Tas (Sociology)
Peter Smith (Political Science/Latin American Studies)
Lisa Yoneyama (Literature)

Enclosure (Questionnaire on International Studies Center) -- please see below


Please return by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2001 to:
Michele Dotson, mdotson@ucsd.edu, or mail code 0001, or you may simply REPLY to this message.

_____ 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


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