OU in Ghana: My African Sabbatical

I arrived in Accra, the capital of the West African nation of Ghana, on the evening of the last day of January 2016 to embark upon the second sabbatical of my tenure as a professor at Oglethorpe. Why on earth would a Spanish professor spend an entire semester in an English-speaking African country? What would be …

Student Awarded Full Scholarship to Study Abroad in Japan

Jordan K. Michels ’17 has been awarded a full tuition scholarship by the Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America to study abroad at J.F. Oberlin University’s Reconnaissance Japan Program, designed for exchange students from overseas partner institutions who wish to learn about Japan and experience it firsthand. While in the program during the spring 2016 semester, Jordan will study Japanese …

A Working Holiday in the Andes: Oglethorpe & the Liberal Arts in Ecuador

While most of my colleagues and students were devouring turkey and dressing for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was killing multiple birds (figuratively speaking) with one stone in the land of the condor, that treasured, colorful and fascinating Andean nation: Ecuador. The “multiple birds” were projects that aligned themselves ever so smoothly during my brief five-day …

Oglethorpe Grad’s Internship Research Featured in The New York Times

John Yager ’15,  an Oglethorpe graduate who majored in international studies, recently saw his internship research—relevant to current world events—published in one of the world’s top newspapers. While an intern at The Carter Center in Atlanta, John was a part of its Conflict Resolution Program’s Syria Conflict Mapping Project, founded in 2012, which analyzes open …

Why I Spent September 11th at an Iraqi Refugee Camp

I am a millennial. I am the generation that is accused of laziness while simultaneously being praised for innovation and change. At Oglethorpe I am taught to “make a life, make a living, make a difference.” I never took those words to heart until I moved to Brussels, Belgium, to study for five months. Little did …

Internship Spotlight: International Studies Major Guest Blogs for Atlanta Nonprofit

Lily Iijima ’16, an international studies major with a Japanese minor, interned during the spring semester with Go Eat Give, an Atlanta nonprofit that educates the public about differing cultures in an effort to eliminate stereotypes—a mission that resonated with Lily. “Growing up in a multi-cultural household, Lily has seen first-hand the power of personally experiencing …

Porsche Care Network Awards Grants to Three Student Groups

Congratulations to three Oglethorpe student groups who came in first with Porsche! In 2015, three Oglethorpe student organizations were awarded a total of $1500 (of the $5,000 available) from the Porsche Care Network, the community service organization of Porsche Cars North America, headquartered in Atlanta.  Environmentally Conscious Oglethorpe Students (ECOS), Heifer International, and the Outdoors Club, …