Global Honors students to present research at colloquium

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This year, UW Tacoma sent seven extraordinary seniors around the world to study problems of global significance.

Now home and ready to apply the wisdom acquired in foreign lands, these globetrotting students will share their research at the second annual Global Honors Research Colloquium Thursday, May 15, from 12:50 to 3:15 p.m., in Carwein Auditorium.

The Colloquium will highlight the work of graduating Global Honors students, who study abroad as a requirement of the rigorous academic honors program. Topics of their research include the social effects of Internet use in contemporary China, issues surrounding water rights and uses of rivers that cross national boundaries, the United Nations' human rights infrastructure, Western health programs in Africa, a long look at the darker side of humanity, the trials of Latin American immigrants to the United States and the relative success of democratic "revolutions" in Eastern European countries.

UW Tacoma Associate Vice Chancellor Ginger McDonald, Global Honors Director Claudia Gorbman and guest Roy Wadia, a native of India and former CNN journalist who is now director of communications for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, will provide brief opening remarks at 12:50. A reception will follow the student presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Honors, UW Tacoma's academic honors program, was launched in 2005. Open to high-achieving students in all academic fields, the program offers a challenging series of seminars aimed at providing students with a sophisticated understanding of history, cultures, arts and world problems in a global context.

For more information about Global Honors, contact the program office at (253) 692-4770 or visit To track students' journeys, visit the Global Honors blog.

May 5, 2008