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3 posts from March 2012

03/14/2012

Staff Update-- CIEE Study Center in Beijing

Dr. Elena Caprioni—Academic Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elena Caprioni has joined CIEE as Academic Director. She will be based at Minzu University in Beijing alongside Center Director, Pat Lucas, teaching courses on the Ethnic Identity and Cultural Studies program. In addition, she will coordinate the 2012 Summer ILCP program at Peking University. 

Dr. Caprioni has an M.A. in Foreign Literatures and Languages (Chinese) from the University of Rome, Italy. She received her Ph.D. in Chinese Modern and Contemporary History and International Relations from the University of Cagliari, Italy, in 2008. Since coming to China in 2004 as a language student, Dr. Caprioni has been involved with several research projects at Minzu University of China, Renmin University of China and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, as well as the Xinjiang Normal University in Urumqi. Before joining CIEE, she undertook post-doctoral studies on sexist proverbs in the Uyghur language at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests include gender and identities in Uyghur society as well as the Western Development Program in north-western China, and Chinese diasporas.

 

 

Staff Update—CIEE Study Center in London

 

Elizabeth Lippolis, Resident Director at the CIEE Study Center in London, will be leaving on a yearlong maternity leave.

We are happy to announce that Carol Nahra, CIEE’s first London RD, will be replacing Elizabeth during this period.

Carol has been working on a number of interesting projects as a freelance journalist, documentary producer and media studies lecturer.  Carol has written for the Associated Press, the Guardian, and International Documentary Magazine, amongst other publications, and now specializes in writing about documentaries.  As a documentary producer she has helped bring to the screen a number of creative documentaries on topics from climate change to religion to mental health; including Secrets of the Tribe, a critique of the field of anthropology which she co-produced for the BBC and HBO, and has played at more than 50 film festivals.

Carol starts work at the end of this week and can be reached at cnahra@ciee.org

Please join CIEE in welcoming Carol back temporarily. 

 

I am writing today with another update on the CIEE Study Center in London. 

 

As I wrote to you earlier, Elizabeth Lippolis, our new London Resident Director, is already leaving us, although temporarily, for a yearlong maternity leave.

 

I am happy to announce that Carol Nahra, CIEE’s first London RD, will be replacing Elizabeth during this period.

 

Some of you know Carol and she’s been working on a number of interesting projects as a freelance journalist, documentary producer and media studies lecturer,  Carol has written for the Associated Press, the Guardian, and International Documentary Magazine, amongst other publications, and now specializes in writing about documentaries.  As a documentary producer she has helped bring to the screen a number of creative documentaries on topics from climate change to religion to mental health; including Secrets of the Tribe, a critique of the field of anthropology which she co-produced for the BBC and HBO, and has played at more than fifty film festivals.

Carol starts work at the end of this week and can be reached at cnahra@ciee.org

Please join me in welcoming Carol back temporarily and wishing Elizabeth best wishes on her maternity leave.

03/09/2012

CIEE SPONSORS UNITY DOW VISIT TO MAINE

To celebrate 65 years of leadership in international education and exchange, CIEE has joined The University of Maine School of Law and the Justice for Women Lecture Series to sponsor a very special visit to Portland by The Honorable Unity Dow, an international human rights advocate, best-selling novelist, and the first female Judge of Botswana’s High Court.  Ms. Dow will be in Portland, Maine, from March 26th-28th for a series of talks with law students, college students, high schools students, and leaders of commerce and government. 

Unity Dow will share her story of leadership and success in overcoming immense barriers – social, cultural, political, and economic – to achieve greater rights and dignity for women in her home country of Botswana, and other African nations. She is an amazingly accomplished woman who served for a decade as the first female Judge of Botswana’s High Court. Having recently returned to the practice of law, she has been actively addressing challenges of HIV/AIDS, child protection, violence against women, and human rights in Botswana and other nations throughout Africa. Ms. Dow is also an acclaimed author and novelist and has taught and lectured around the world. She co-founded the AIDS Action Trust, is a member of International Women’s Rights Watch, and serves as Executive Committee Chair of the International Commission of Jurists.

CIEE is the leading international education and exchange organization based in Portland, Maine.  Our mission has been: "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." Currently operating in more than 40 countries, CIEE develops and administers programs for the advancement of international education and exchange.