Blogs from the Field

New Graduate Student Spring 2015 Orientation


On behalf of the orientation team, we are excited for the new Semester ahead and look forward to getting to know all our new students better.

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Panama Field Work Experience - Fall 2014


We have finished the Fall 2014 semester of the Payson Panama Field Work Experience! All three students involved in this program completed a demanding internship with the United Nations Development Programme and were lauded by UN colleagues for their efforts.

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Minting new Payson PhDs


One of the great satisfactions of my job is watching people move successfully through their degrees to completion. There is no greater degree challenge, of course, than researching, writing and defending a doctoral dissertation. I am pleased to report that last week two more Payson doctoral candidates successfully defended their dissertations.

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Bringing some Payson-style logic to a national microfinance event


This past weekend, two other Tulane undergraduates and I attended the sixth annual Lend for America Summit. This year held at UC Berkeley, the Summit brings together students and professionals active in the American microfinance industry. This year’s theme was “Activating Impact”, with a focus on how to provide the highest quality services to micro-entrepreneurs in communities around the country.

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Video: Payson PhD Workshop November 17, 2014


This workshop provided our PhD cohort with some concrete tools to be better equipped and more efficient in their quest for their doctorate.  This platform was an opportunity for the students to communicate their needs and discuss any questions they may have on any stage of the doctoral process. 

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The view from São Paulo


I find myself in São Paulo because I was asked to participate in the Second Annual Seminar on "Dialogue Among Judges", hosted by the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, one of this capital city's very best private universities.

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Video: Recordings of Payson Events Held in October 2014


October was a busy month at the Payson Center as we welcomed three guest speakers to New Orleans for the Payson Graduate Student Association International Development Colloquium Series. All three speakers gave fascinating talks ranging in topics from urbanization in Kuwait to the importance of sustainable housing in Guatemala as well as the importance of studying the social and economic impact of development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Goodbye and good wishes to our colleague and graduate Kelly Jones


This week is bittersweet for many of us in the university as we bid farewell and best wishes to our collaborator, colleague and former student Kelly Jones. Kelly, a Spring 2013 of the Payson International Development Master's program, has also for the last two years been the Program Coordinator for Tulane's Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), a frequent Payson collaborator.

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A week of thinking about how we live: from the skyscrapers of Kuwait, to green housing in Guatemala to the world's slums


It has been a busy week at the Payson Center. We began the week with two outstanding lectures. The first, entitled Losing and Restoring a Right to the City: Kuwait's Urban Development Between 1950 and 2014 was delivered by Dr.

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Assessment of national higher education and research capacity in Panama


The Payson Center is currently involved in an innovative and much needed research project for the Government of Panama. Funded by Panama's National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and led by Dr.

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