Honors students recognized
Senior Charles Hunt (pictured, right) receives hearty congratulations from University Honors Co-Director Ruth Ost at the biannual Honors Certificate Ceremony in the Diamond Club on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Hunt, a sport and recreation management major, told the audience that he hopes to attend law school and “represent big-name athletes” after graduation.
The certificates, awarded to 90 students, designate that a student has completed the requirements of the Honors program, which call for students to take eight Honors courses, including two sections of Intellectual Heritage.
Last week’s ceremony included remarks by Ost and Honors Co-Director Ray Coughlin, Provost Ira Schwartz, acting Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones and Honors Council President Matthew Scannapieco.
— Ted Boscia
Colloquium examines politics, geography and conflict
Last week, an impressive assemblage of scholars and politicians from Temple and around the world — including Ambassador to Sierra Leone Joseph Melrose — presented an all-day colloquium on politics and geography. The event, sponsored by the geography/urban studies, political science and African-American studies departments and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, covered a range of topics from “The Geography of Terrorism” to “The Mano River Border Region in a Decade of Conflict.” Jeffrey Herbst (left) of Princeton University delivered the keynote speech on how political boundary changes affect conflict and conflict resolution between nations.
“I think everyone left with an awareness that in order to understand the ethnic unrest in Eastern Europe, AIDS in Africa, the conflicts in the Darfur region of Sudan, the Middle East, Nigeria’s civil unrest, or what’s happening in Haiti, Chechnya, Bosnia, and countless other places,” said Rickie Sanders, professor of geography and urban studies, “we really do need an approach that recognizes that all of these issues are inextricably tied to their geographical context. The geographical perspective is critical.”
Latino Heritage Month
Live music from the band Wiso y su Grupo (left) Explosivo helped kick off Latino Heritage Month last week at the Bell Tower. Events celebrating Latino heritage and culture continue throughout October on Main and Ambler campuses, including dance workshops, health programs and speakers. Students interested in studying abroad can attend an information session on studying in Latin America (Thursday, Oct. 7, noon, Tuttleman Learning Center) or Brazil (Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Student Center).