Artist Brings Perspective On Iraqi Turmoil

On Feb. 1, 2019, Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) and School of Visual Arts and Design hosted a guest lecture by Berlin-based, internationally renowned artist Hiwa K. Born and raised in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Hiwa K’s award-winning work has been internationally exhibited in venues such as Manifesta 7 (2008), the Venice Biennale (2015), and […]

What It’s Like to Compete at the Westminster Dog Show

BY NICOLE DUDENHOEFER Dan Strachan ’85 first got into the Westminster ring 10 years ago. Now he’s showing at the competition for the third time with experience from 300 shows. In a few days, nearly 3,000 top dogs will gather in New York for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to find out who is […]

Veteran Policymaker To Discuss Growing U.S.-India Relationship

Former Deputy Secretary of State Manpreet Singh Anand will visit the University of Central Florida as a guest of the India Center. Singh will participate in a series of events for students, faculty and members of the community. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, he will give a talk title: “Examining the U.S.-India Relationship: Growth, Opportunities & […]

Alumnus Shapes World With Law Degree

The law can be a powerful tool in the right hands. Matthew Goodison-Orr has directly discovered this as an attorney who has helped both the socially disadvantaged and veteran communities. But those rewarding moments almost didn’t happen. “I had a vague idea of wanting to help people by pursuing a legal career,” Goodison-Orr said. “But […]

Ambassador Shines Light on Middle East Challenges

  On Jan. 24, Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Ph.D., presented a puzzle to an audience of about 70 people: For an American public weary of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, why has U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to withdraw troops from Syria received such a negative response? In an event titled “Managing Turmoil in […]

Swedish Study Abroad Opportunity Now Open to Students

UCF and Malmö University (MU) have recently signed a student exchange agreement, opening the opportunity for UCF students to spend a fall semester at Malmö University. In an effort to boost existing linkages and establish research cooperation between these universities, a UCF faculty member recently visited MU. Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Chair and Professor […]

Taking Risks Translates Into Rewarding Career For PoliSci Graduate

  Fausto Cardenas, ’18, said it was the risks they took as a UCF student that taught them the road to change is built on taking chances. Born in Ecuador, Cardenas moved to the U.S. with their mother at age 4. Cardenas said their mother always had at least two jobs to support them during […]

Former U.S. Ambassador To Share Middle East Perspectives

Conflicting news about the Middle East can be puzzling. Is ISIS really defeated in Syria? Is Turkey still a U.S. ally? What’s happened to the nuclear deal with Iran? Ambassador Eric S. Edelman will draw from his experience as U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Finland, and as […]

PoliSci Student Among Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women

A UCF senior’s advocacy for undocumented minors has earned her a spot as one of Glamour Magazine’s 10 College Women of the Year for 2018. Karen Caudillo’s tearful interview with the Guardian newspaper after a Capitol Hill hearing went viral when it was broadcast on social media, including to NowThis’ 14 million Facebook followers. Caudillo […]

India Center Visits Smart City Champions

  A UCF delegation led by Michael Johnson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Sciences, and interim director of the India Center, recently completed an intense, 8-day visit to the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The delegation, which included individuals from the College of Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Office of Research, met with […]

PoliSci Grad Makes Community Impact With Law Office

Amal Laassel,’04, is using her legal skills to help the Central Florida community and inspire young girls to explore the legal field. Laassel was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, and moved to the U.S. when she was 16 years as part of an international student exchange program.  After graduating high school, Laassel majored in Political Science […]

Panel Discusses Past and Future of Kurdish Society

On Nov. 15, 2018, the Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invited experts on Kurdish society and politics to a panel to discuss the way forward in the region, and specifically among the Kurds. The event drew attention from a mixed audience, ranging from UCF undergraduate and graduate students […]

Cultural Traditions of India: Music and Art

by Madison Kjosa This past Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Burnett Honors College was swathed in the sights and sounds of India during “Cultural Traditions of India: Music and Art” as part of UCF’s International Education Week (IEW). Described by UCF Global, IEW is a “joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department […]

COS Alums Among OBJ’s 40 Under 40

BY NICOLE DUDENHOEFER ’17 AND JENNA MARINA LEE Four College of Sciences alumni were among those honored at the Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Awards, an annual celebration that recognizes successful professional who have created a big impact within their industry and in the local community. Honorees were selected from a group of nominees submitted […]

Lady Bikers, Street Dogs and Kolkata Featured in New Films from UCF Students

  By ROBERT WELLS Lady bikers, street dogs and visceral sights and sounds from a city nearly 10,000 miles away are showcased in new documentaries completed by UCF film students while they spent a few weeks in Kolkata, India. The documentaries will make their UCF debut at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Burnett Honors College as part […]

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