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SGSP Dean participants in training workshops for Finnish Journalists

March 22,  2018

School of Global Studies and Partnerships’ Dean Randy Kluver was a featured speaker at a training workshop for senior Finnish journalists March 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

The event, co-organized by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University and a Finnish media network, focused on the role fake news in journalism. The workshop featured academic speakers from Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Exeter, and more, as well as senior Finnish journalists from the nation’s top media companies, including YLE, Helsingen Sanomat, and others.

Dr. Kluver’s talk showcased recent research he has completed with OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications’ Assistant Professor Skye Cooley on geopolitical narratives in global media.

Participants also discussed Finland’s public diplomacy efforts with senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Defense.

The training workshop was held at the Government Banquet House, or “Smolna,” originally built as a private palace in the 19th century, and later became the official house of the Governor General of Finland. Today, Smolna is used primarily for government receptions and events.

Happy Nowruz from the School of Global Studies and Partnerships!

March 20,  2018

Nowruz, known as the Persian New Year, marks the first day of Spring and the rebirth of nature. It contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among different people and communities through the promotion of the values of peace and solidarity.

The holiday is celebrated over 13 days with a variety of music and dance rituals involving fire and water, traditional sporting events, and ceremonies. Gifts are often exchanged between loved ones.

Many practice the tradition of gathering around a table, called a haftseen, that has been decorated with seven items, as seven is considered a lucky number. These items include an apple, garlic, vinegar, hyacinth, sweet pudding, sprouts and coins. Each is seen as a symbol of spring and renewal.

Photo by Azita Mehran/Tumeric & Saffron

Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in several regions around the world. Some of the countries that recognize Nowruz as a holiday are Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkey. The United Nations declared March 21 as International Nowruz Day in 2010.

You can learn more about Nowruz on the United Nations’ website. http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/index.shtm

International Women’s Day

March 8,  2018

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”

– UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

Happy International Women’s Day from the School of Global Studies and Partnerships! Today, we celebrate women and their achievements despite divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political, and we continue to support the empowerment of women across the globe.

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Parsi discusses the secret diplomacy behind the Iran Nuclear Deal

March 1,  2018

Trita Parsi, award-winning author and U.S.–Iranian relations expert, gave a talk on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, titled “The Secret Diplomacy Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal: Can the Deal be Renegotiated?” as part of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program (IPGS) Farzaneh Speaker Series.

Parsi, the second Farzaneh speaker of the semester, advised the Obama administration throughout the controversial 2015 nuclear deal negotiations. During Monday’s talk, he discussed his new book Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy and the factors that contributed to the historic 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

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Chinese New Year Greetings from President Hargis

February 20,  2018

2018 Chinese New Year—The year of Dog

February 12,  2018

The Chinese zodiac is made up of twelve signs, the signs are cycled through every twelve years, and the dog is the eleventh sign. Additionally, each year is designated by one of five earthly substances referred to as “elements,” which include gold (also called metal), wood, water, fire, and earth. 2018 will specifically be an Earth Dog year.

Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is Lantern Festival. Among these days, the most important activity is family reunion dinner on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, which is Feb. 15 this year. Other celebration traditions include red-envelop for kids, posting Spring Festival Couplets, relative visits, hanging red lanterns, and fireworks.

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Chinese delegation from SWJTU visits OSU

February 5,  2018

A Chinese delegation from Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) recently visited OSU on Feb 2nd, 2018. The delegation was led by Chief Manager Mr. Kaining Tang of National University Science Park. Other delegation members include Associate Dean Dr. Hongxia Sun of the Research Institute and Director Liu of Technology Incubator Center and Dr. Peijun Wang of Mechanical Engineering at SWJTU. The purpose of their visit was to learn about OSU technology commercialization process. The delegation visited OSU Technology Development Center and OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and learned about programs and services available to support OSU faculty, staff and students’ creative initiatives and scholarly research for commercialization. The delegation also met with Dr. Randy Kluver of School of Global Studies and Dr. Randy Seitsinger of CEAT about the current collaboration and partnership.

SWJTU is the leading institution in Chinese higher education system in commercializing advanced research. Their innovative pilot technology transfer program since 2014 has launched over 20 start-up companies by SWJTU faculty members. Southwest Jiaotong University is OSU longtime strategic partner in China. OSU signed a memorandum of understanding with SWJTU in 2007. Since then, OSU and SWJTU has enjoyed a fruitful partnership including student joint degree programs, faculty-training program and student affairs staff exchanges. The visit may yield future joint research or joint technology transfer programs.

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Cirincione speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal

February 1,  2018

From left: Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Direction for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies; Mr. Jamal Farzaneh President of Home Creations, Dr. Jamie Fullerton, Director of SGSP Academic Programs, Mr. Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund; and Randy Kluver, Dean of SGSP On January 29th J. Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, who is one of the most active experts on nuclear weapons, was the Farzaneh guest speaker of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program of Oklahoma State University to present a talk entitled “The Iranian Nuclear Deal”.

In 2015, during the Iran nuclear deal framework agreement, Mr. Cirincione played a key role in Western negotiations to end the diplomatic stalemate regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program; since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, most international nuclear cooperation with Iran has been cut off.

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Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars to France and Germany Accepting Applications!

January 19,  2018

The Fulbright U.S.-France International Education Administrator Seminar and the Fulbright U.S.-Germany International Education Administrator Seminar are now accepting applications. We invite you to share this message with colleagues, such as deans, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors, career services administrators, alumni affairs admins, and other international education administrators, so that they can share their expertise abroad and bring the benefits of a Fulbright IEA Seminar grant back to your campus or community.

Fulbright IEA seminars are two-weeks in length and designed specifically for U.S. higher education administrators to become familiar with the higher education system, society and culture in the country of choice. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of their home institution, and how the institution will benefit from this program.

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Professor Craig Edwards receives International Excellence Faculty Award

December 6,  2017

Dr. Craig Edwards, professor in OSU’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, Leadership, has been awarded the 2016-2017 International Education Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his extensive international experience and his work with broadening the global impact of Oklahoma State University. The annual award, which includes a $1000 research stipend, signifies special recognition awarded by the School of Global Studies and Partnerships to faculty members who have distinguished themselves through excellence in international teaching, research, and/or outreach programs and activities.

This is the 13th anniversary of this award, which began in the 2004-2005 school year. Oklahoma State University has a long history of global interaction, and this activity has contributed greatly to the university’s legacy and mission in research, teaching, and extension.

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OSU wins national community engagement honor

November 16,  2017

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday night that Oklahoma State University is the winner of its national community outreach award for 2017. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.

“This is a wonderful honor and exciting national recognition of Oklahoma State’s health initiative with the Chickasaw Nation,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It’s a humbling acknowledgement of our founding commitment to serve and engage in our communities. I want to thank and congratulate the many OSU employees and students who carry out our land-grant mission in countless ways.”

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OSU encourages students to study beyond Stillwater

November 3,  2017

From Iceland to the Virgin Islands, Oklahoma State University offers students several options for personal and professional growth as they live and study across the U.S. and around the world.

OSU students can participate in long and short-term study abroad experiences. Opportunities include faculty-led programs, internships, summer courses, self-service learning projects and semester and academic year programs.

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Almost 200 OSU Students Briefly Experienced Life under Intense Poverty

October 30,  2017

In spite of the rapid pace of technological change and economic development around the world, approximately half the world’s population continues to live on an income of less than US$2 per day. It is this overwhelming statistic that motivates many Oklahoma State University faculty and students to focus their energies on addressing this endemic global issue.

On October 13, as most of the OSU community was preparing for homecoming, almost 200 OSU students participated in a “Struggle for Survival” simulation by getting on their hands and knees and making paper bags to replicate a slum. The event, co-sponsored by the School of Global Studies an d Partnerships, the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, and the Department of Geography, was led by facilitators from the Hong Kong-based NGO Crossroads Foundation. The simulation is designed to help participants understand the emotional and psychological pressures that accompany poverty.

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View and vote on exchange student's video about adjusting to life at OSU

October 23,  2017

One of our exchange students from Peru, Sebastian Bayona, created a nice little video on his adjustment to living in the USA: Click here to view and vote!

Link to Sebastion's video

Expo brings international flavors to OSU event

October 5,  2017

By David Bitton/Stillwater News Pressdbitton@stwnewspress.com

TThe pleasant aroma of food from countries all over the globe filled the Wes Watkins Center Wednesday as nearly two dozen student organizations offered a taste of their homeland during the annual International Expo.

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International Events



Talk: What Is America’s Interest in the Middle East?

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: 108 Wes Watkins Center

John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute, will speak on America’s interest in the Middle East Monday, April 2, at noon in Wes Watkins Center Room 108. This will be the final Farzaneh Speaker Series talk for the Spring 2018 semester.

Glaser’s research interests include grand strategy, basing posture, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, the rise of China, and the role of status and prestige motivations in international politics. Glaser has been a guest on a variety of television and radio programs and has had his work published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, CNN, and Time, among other outlets.

Glaser earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Arts in International Security at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

The talk is free, and all are welcome. Light Persian snacks will be provided.

The IPGS Farzaneh Speaker Series hosts top scholars and policymakers who are specialists of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf Region.




The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography

The Qajar Lens: Diversity in Qajar Photography, a photo exhibition sponsored by the Dr. Ali Fazel Visual Archive, Media Collection and Digital Resources, has been extended to run through the end of the 2018 Spring semester. The exhibition is on display from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in 201 Wes Watkins Center.

The exhibition showcases selected works of the court photographers of Nasser al-Din Shah, who was the King of Iran from 1848 to 1896. Nasser al-Din Shah promoted photography in his court and throughout Iran because he knew it was a sign of modernity. He created the first Iranian photography studio, the Royal Photo Studio of Iran, after the arrival of the French photographer Francis Carlhian in 1858.

Nasser al-Din Shah’s court photographers also traveled around Iran to take photos of the land and people. The photographs of The Qajar Lens show the daily of life of the king’s court and the Iranian people during Nasser al-Din Shah’s reign.

The Qajar Lens is a collaboration between the Golestan Palace Museum of Tehran and the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program of Oklahoma State University.



Difficult Dialogues: Islamophobia in America: What does it look like in American culture?

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: Room 035 Murray Hall

The Oklahoma State Difficult Dialogues team is sponsoring a panel discussion and Q&A session on Islamophobia in America and how we can respond to it.

Panelists include:

  • Ibraheem Rahhal – Marketing and Entrepreneurship undergraduate student
  • Sheryl Siddiqui – Chairperson for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma
  • Anna Facci – Oklahoma Organizer for Planned Parenthood Great Plains
  • Adam Soltani – Executive Director of CAIR Oklahoma

Check with your professors to see they are offering extra credit for attending.



The Mexican Consulate: It’s Role and Support Activities

Date: Friday March 2nd

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Room 410 Ag Hall

International diplomacy is a complex and interesting area. Mexico has 50 consulates in the United States, the most that any country in the world has in another single country. Mexico's foreign service started in 1822. In 1831, legislation was passed that underpinned the establishment of diplomatic representations with other states in Europe and America. As of 2017, Mexico has diplomatic relations with 193 countries (Wikipedia). Today, Mexico has a significant worldwide presence, with over 150 representations, including the 50 consulates in the United States. This presentation will acquaint you with the workings of a consulate, and present some information on the recent political issues between the United States and Mexico. The consul in Little Rock, Arkansas serves the Oklahoma area, sometimes with a mobile consulate office operating in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Sr. Rodolfo Quilantán has a distinguished career in the Mexican Foreign Service, making him very knowledgeable on this topic. Sr. Quilantán is very fond of OSU, where his son is currently pursuing a Masters Degree. FYI he is not an economist, this is a general interest seminar.

Consul Rodolfo Quilantán-Arenas is originally from Saltillo, Coahuila, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. He obtained a master’s degree with emphasis in National Security at the Colegio de Defensa Nacional, in Mexico City. He also studied U. S Law at the University of New Mexico in the City of Albuquerque.

Since 1985 Consul Quilantán has been an active member of the Mexican Foreign Service and has served in Mexican Consulates around the world, in cities such as, Antwerp, Belgium; Milan, Italy; Los Angeles, USA; Guayaquil, Ecuador and Brownsville, Texas.

Additionally at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C., he served as Legal Affairs Advisor.

Aside from his public duties, he has given academic conferences for Mexican and foreign universities on a myriad of topics including international, consular and diplomatic law. Furthermore, he has written articles on foreign politics, diplomacy and protection to Mexican nationals and is the author of two books titled: The Death Penalty and Consular Protection and Mexico in the Culture.



Talk: The Secret Diplomacy Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal: Can the Deal be Renegotiated? “Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS): Farzaneh Speaker Series”

Monday, Feb. 26, at 12 p.m. in Wes Watkins Center Room 108

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and was selected as the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Parsi an expert on US-Iran relations, Iranian foreign politics and the geopolitics of the Middle East. In 2015, Parsi advised the Obama Administration throughout the controversial nuclear deal talks with Iran and worked with both the U.S. and Iranian decision-makers and diplomats. He reveals his experiences with both sides in his latest book Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy.

In addition, Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, a nonprofit organization that gives Iranian-Americans a stronger voice and facilitates a better understanding between American and Iranian people.

Parsi also authored Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Deals of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), which received the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council of Foreign Relations, and A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale Univeristy Press), which was selected as the Best Book of 2012 by the Foreign Affairs journal.

Parsi will conclude his talk with a book signing. The talk is free and will include a pizza lunch.

The IPGS Farzaneh Speaker Series hosts top scholars and policymakers who are specialists of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf Region.