Saturday, March 29, 2014

Peter Small talk on April 2nd

Peter Small, Director of the Gates Foundation’s tuberculosis program, will give a talk entitled "The Gates Foundation, Tuberculosis and India" on Wednesday, April 2nd at 4 PM in Thompson 395.

The IPE Program is a co-sponsor of the talk. We hope you can attend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Janet Matota talk on April 3rd

Janet Matota
Co-Director of the Zambezi Region Program
of Integrated Rural Development &
 Nature Conservation (IRDNC)

Thursday April 3, Mc103, 6-7pm
Meet & Greet 5-5:50, Battin Lounge (Mc109)

For almost two decades, Ms. Matota has been at the forefront of facilitating community-based natural resource management in Namibia. Due in part to her work, there are now 14 community-based organizations in the Zambezi Region that manage wildlife and other natural resources while generating benefits from trophy hunting and tourism. Ms. Matota has spearheaded a craft development program in the region, leading to more than 300 crafters improving their skills and livelihoods through the sale of handmade baskets and other products. Ms. Matota’s greatest legacy to date has been her promotion of women’s participation in natural resource management, and her leadership in community health programs. 
Sponsored by the Business Leadership Program

Monday, March 24, 2014

Political commentator E.J. Dionne to deliver spring Pierce Lecture, March 25

Acclaimed journalist, NPR commentator, and columnist for The Washington Post, E.J. Dionne will present“Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent” on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, as part of the Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture series. His Washington Post column runs in more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad, and he's the author of five books, including the best-selling Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Admission to the lecture is free for faculty and staff members, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Info Center.

Guest speaker Aseel Al-Awadhi discusses democracy in the Middle East

Aseel Al-Awadhi, assistant professor of philosophy at Kuwait University, will be on campus Monday, March 24, to give a presentation on "The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects," exploring what she believes to be the crucial factors that hinder democratization in the Middle East, and shedding light on the problematic assumptions that arguments for “Islamic Liberalism” or “nonsecular democracy” rest upon. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Politics and Government, and Religion, and by the Gender Studies and International Political Economy programs, the lecture will begin at 6 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Seniors: Save this Date

An important IPE tradition is for graduating seniors, the faculty and select alumni to gather in the spring for dinner. It's an opportunity to look back at your experiences at Puget Sound and to look ahead to the future.

We are tentatively scheduling this year's Senior Dinner for Thursday, April 10th, from 6-8 pm in Trimble Forum. Seniors, please save the date for this important event. Details will follow soon.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sally Judson (IPE '12), a research assistant at the SETA Foundation at Washington, DC, has recently co-authored a short article on Syrian peace talks. Check it out at here.

Alternative Spring Break registration

Alternative Break ("Alt Break" for short) is a unique service immersion program hosted by the department of Spirituality, Service & Social Justice during the fall and spring breaks. What social justice issues are especially relevant in Tacoma? Alt Break will give you the chance to learn about & address the issues our community faces.

Alt Spring Break 2014 will focus on Sustainable Food Justice. The first half of Spring Break (Sunday, 3/16 – Wednesday, 3/19) will be spent exploring the successes, issues, and impacts of America’s food system, locally and nationwide. Programming will include discussions, opportunities to hear from experts, and hands-on service projects.

Register here!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

IPE Alumnus Makes $10,000 Bitcoin Gift to Puget Sound

Bitcoin entrepreneur Nicolas Cary ’07, who graduated with a double major in international political economy and business leadership, has made a $10,000 gift in bitcoins to Puget Sound. He is the CEO of Blockchain. More information about him can be found at Campus News.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Talk by GE Capital Vice President on Friday, 2/21

Daniel Thorson, IPE major and the chair of publicity for Four Horsemen Investments, sends this announcement:

4HI has invited Bill Dawson, Vice President of GE Capital, to give a talk on Friday, February 21st, at 4 pm in McIntyre 103. Mr. Dawson will discuss international investments, banking from a professional perspective, and how to position oneself for a career in this field as a Puget Sound grad. Hope you can attend.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Career Fair on February 20th

The Career Fair is Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall.

Whether you are actively job seeking or just browsing for ideas and practicing your professional demeanor—the Career Fair provides a key career development opportunity.

More info is at:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

IPE Summer Research Fellowship

Dear IPE majors,

The IPE Program is accepting applications for the IPE summer research fellowship for summer 2014. The deadline for submitting applications is February 24, 2014. Each year the IPE Program awards at least one grant of up to $4000 to support student research for 8 weeks during the summer. Awards are usually granted to rising seniors, but rising juniors are also welcome to apply. It is a great opportunity to work on a project that you are interested in.

Application information can be found on the IPE website at The instructions and requirements look a bit daunting, but they are really fairly straightforward. Your faculty supervisor can help you with the application process, or you can ask me questions by email or by stopping by my office in McIntyre 209. We also encourage you to apply for the University’s summer research awards; applications for them are due March 10th.

Even if you are not applying for an IPE summer fellowship this year, we hope you’ll familiarize yourself with the award and the process of applying so that you can consider it next year.

Best wishes,

Bradford Dillman
Chair of the International Political Economy Program
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St., # 1057
Tacoma, WA 98416

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Bentley University MBA program information

Ann Marie Larese from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business will be on vendor’s row in Wheelock Student Center on Friday, February 7, from 12-3p to discuss their MBA programs

Friday, January 31, 2014

Professor Emelie Peine to participate in webinar on China's meat industry and the impact on Brazilian agriculture.

February 11, 8 AM PST
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Events
China’s Meat Revolution and its Need for Feed
Tuesday, February 11, 2013

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. CST
11:00 a.m.
–12:00 p.m. EST
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. GMT

Register now!

China’s meat and dairy sectors have undergone a massive transformation in the last thirty years from backyard farming toward a highly destructive U.S. meat industry model of industrial meat production. This transition towards “scale, standardization and consolidation” continues to unfold as we speak. IATP’s first webinar in this series, along with the publication of four in-depth studies on China’s meat and feed industries, will feature China’s “need for feed,” taking us to China and Latin America.


Jim Harkness lived in China for 16 years, working on rural development, natural resource management and environment. Before to serving as president of IATP from 20062014, he was China Country Representative for WWF and Environment and Development program officer for the Ford Foundation in Beijing.

Shefali Sharma is the director of agricultural commodities and globalization at IATP. She is leading IATP’s initiative on the social and environmental impacts of an increasingly globalized and concentrated meat industry. Her work in the past year has focused on China’s meat and feed industries, the culmination of which are the four IATP reports. Over the last 18 years, Shefali’s work has also focused on accountability of international trade and financial institutions, international trade and agricultural policies and their implications for social justice.

Emelie Peine is an assistant professor in the International Political Economy Department of the University of Puget Sound. Her research focuses on the role of multinational agribusiness in the global food regime. Emelie has examined China’s “go out” policy for feed grains such as soy and what this means for control of the supply chain in Brazil. Her recent publications include “Trading on Pork and Beans: Agribusiness and the construction of the Brazil-China-soy-pork commodity complex”. The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition. Harvey S. James, Jr., ed. New York: Springe

Register now!
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Casey Krolczyk's Honors Thesis presentation, Dec. 5th

IPE major Casey Krolczyk ('13) will present his honors thesis on December 5th, 4-5 pm, in the WSC Murray Boardroom. His thesis is entitled "Peace in the Middle East: U.S. Aid, the BDS Movement, and the Two-State Solution."

Monday, December 02, 2013

Brownbag presentation by Martin Klingbeil (‘14) on December 4th, 1:00-1:50-- Murray Boardroom

Harnessing “The Human Network”: Connecting HIV Prevention and Development in Moshi, Tanzania

 Wednesday, December 4th 1:00-1:50