Blogs from the Field

New Graduate Student Fall 2014 Orientation


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

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, on-campus students will meet at Tulane Law School and an online meeting session will be made availalble for our distant students. This post contains links to the resources covered in the session to help everyone remember who they met and what was discussed when they reach newbie overload.

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Undergraduates study and intern in Geneva, Switzerland at a pivotal time in humanitarian relief


During our Geneva Summer for Development Study Abroad and Internship program held from June 30 to July 26, 2014, undergraduate students enjoyed personal tours of the Headquarters of:

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Report from Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting 2014 in Istanbul


As the international community prepares to mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations next year, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) held its 2014 Annual Meeting to examine Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and Emerging Challenges.

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From Rwanda to the Gates Foundation, the story of PhD Alumnus, Paulin Basinga


I am Paulin Basinga. I grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) even though I was a Rwandan citizen. My  parents had to flee Rwanda so we lived in exile for many years. Unfortunately, I lost both of my parents while living in the DRC.

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First week of Health & Development classes end well as protests in Bangkok dissipate


We stayed at the hotel today but everything has remained completely calm. The military has taken over and, it seems, effectively dissolved any protest. There have not been any reports or indication of violence. The impact on daily life is minimal (curfew from 10pm to 5am) and the general mood is positive. The overthrown government was deeply disliked by the elites and much of the population here, who tend to prefer military rule over the political confrontations of the previous months. 

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Update from Bangkok, Thailand


As you likely know from the news, the military formally seized control this afternoon (and was, in fact, in control since Tuesday). This is not noticeable in any form on the streets but, of course, we are cautious. All the students are back in the hotel and are aware of tonight's curfew. We have no field trips scheduled for tomorrow and will stay in our classroom in the hotel and monitor the situation.

I have been through several of these events and assure students and their families that there is little risk beyond the normal.

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Students travel to Bangkok to learn about health & development as martial law is declared on the second day of classes


The Thai army declared martial law in Thailand early Tuesday morning, May 20th, the day after the Payson Center Global Development Summer Institute course, Health & Development Interventions: New Approaches began. It is in the media but there is no noticeable change throughout Bangkok.

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Discovering Social Innovation through Scholarship


Discovering Social Innovation through Scholarship was an inaugural symposium held on April 4, 2014 led by doctoral students from Tulane University, two of which are Paysonites: Joshua Schoop and Maille Faughnan. The symposium offered an opportunity for researchers and academics to learn how different disciplines are investigating social innovation.

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