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Students Write About Women's Struggles for Safety and Independence in Egypt and the USA

International relations major Megan Schwab '15 and religious studies major Breanna Ribeiro '14 published an article in the viewpoints section of the McMinnville News Register in reaction to the latest coup of the Egyptian government. Read the article here: “Women struggle for safety, independence in Egypt and USA.”

Schwab conducted research with Professor Patrick Cottrell in the summer of '13 focusing on accountability issues with the United Nations with regards to sexual violence, spreading of disease and other crimes committed against local Haitian populations during peacekeeping missions. Ribeiro conducted research with Professor Dawn Nowacki analyzing patterns of violence against women in Middle Eastern and North African countries during times of political upheaval.  

Professor Leads the Initiation of New Two-Year Immersion Program on Campus

Professor Patrick Cottrell of the political science and international relations departments at Linfield College is first to direct the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). A large part of the inception and development of the new program, Cottrell also headed up the program during its 2012-13 pilot year. Composed of a board of 11 Faculty fellows and 3 Student fellows (including International Relations major Megan Schwab 15'), PLACE identifies a broad interdisciplinary theme and uses it to highlight two or three different Linfield Curriculum designations. As there are eight designations, a four-year student will see each of the designations highlighted during their time at Linfield. This theme then serves as a focal point for cross-campus events, innovation in integrated and experiential learning and community dialogue.

Student Researches Medicinal Plant Programs in Peru 

Following a semester abroad in Ecuador, international relations major Sam Gauksheim '14 spent the summer of '13 studying the medicinal plant program at the EsSalud Complementary Medicine Clinic in Trujillo, Peru, under the direction of Tom Love, professor of anthropology and cocordinator of Latin American studies at Linfield. Many medicinal plants can only be found in the mountains in Peru, so the goal of the project was to aid the Peruvians in setting up a supply chain of medicinal plants from th emountains down to the coast of Trujillo.

Gauksheim conducted interviews with government leaders, farmers, physicians, and others, traveling and writing bi-lingual reports on the project and often translating for people in the research group who did not speak Spanish.

Student interns for World Affairs Council of Oregon

Linfield College senior Clara Martinez 14' spent the past sumer as an intern for the World Affairs Council of Oregon after she was awarded the Deborah M. Olsen Public Service Internship. She worked closely with Amy Barass, director of International Visitors and Training Programs and Linfield alumni. The International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s professional exchange program. Current and emerging foreign leaders are selected by U.S. Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world. Martinez worked with delegates from 20 countries by helping to introduce them to different aspects of Oregon and U.S. culture.

At one point in her internship Martinez worked on a sub-regional project for Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines. Representatives from these countries came to the U.S. to explore the theme of economic models for community sustainability in the U.S. Martinez helped introduce these visitors to the Portland area and accompanied them to the Blanchet House of Hospitality, where they all served meals to the homeless.

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