Author: James Heflin

Meet SIT and World Learning leaders empowering women around the world

International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8, is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and efforts to support them. SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute are part of World Learning. World Learning’s global development and exchange programs strengthen leadership, intercultural understanding, and…

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SIT alum Katharina Zellweger on the ‘6 Ms’ changing North Korea

In the early 1990s, Katharina Zellweger was working at Caritas Hong Kong, a job she’d held since 1978. She took time away from Caritas to attend SIT’s International Administration program. After completing her master’s degree, Zellweger returned to her work involving Hong Kong’s Vietnamese refugees, projects in China, and later…

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Peacemaking in Myanmar: iPACE and CONTACT alum Harry Myo Lin

Harry Myo Lin has a vision for a peaceful Myanmar. He has been working toward that vision ever since conflict broke out in the Rakhine State in 2012—promoting interfaith dialogue first through the Mandalay-based NGO he founded called Seagull, and now at the international peacebuilding organization KAICIID. Last month, TIME…

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A Different Feather: SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard studies seabirds

Two Nazca boobies in the Galapagos archipelago.

Isolated locations are appealing to SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard, a PhD candidate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Not long ago, she spent months camping with a small research group on an island in the Galapagos archipelago — just over 550 miles from mainland Ecuador — studying a seabird called the Nazca booby.

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“Glocal” digits: Study Abroad alum Max Smith publishes research on cell phones in Africa

photo of Max Smith

SIT and Kenyon College alum Max Smith studied cell phone use in West Africa for his Independent Study Project with SIT Cameroon: Culture, Social Change, and Development. His results made him a published author. His book, The ‘Glocalization’ of Mobile Telephony in West and Central Africa, was published in September.

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Robots and Research: SIT Netherlands alum Audrey Pope

Vanderbilt junior Audrey Pope studied in Amsterdam with SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender in fall 2018, and researched something new and unusual: the sex robot industry. Why did you choose SIT and this program? I was initially looking at SIT just because some of the programs had…

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Alum Ken Bluestone advocates for the aging in the developing world

Ken Bluestone says studying anthropology made him disillusioned with being an academic. So how did he end up getting a graduate degree?

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Alum’s fish film nets attention

Student filmmaker Antonia Brown

For Rice University senior Antonia Brown, SIT’s program Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation was a great fit – a chance to do real field research. But that opportunity, she admits, was one she found daunting at first.

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SIT students go back and give back

Few for Change students and family members

During December, we’re focusing on reciprocity — one of the core values shared by all SIT programs. Each week, we’re highlighting stories and posts from the past year about the ways students and staff give back through projects and research on their programs, and the alumni who have taken reciprocity…

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Breaking the Pattern: A conversation with refugee scholar Kenneth Mukonyezi

Kenneth Mukonyezi

“I realized that the hardships I faced as a child were the same challenges my parents faced,” he says. “And those were the same challenges my child was likely to face unless we broke the pattern.”

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