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Chat & Chai Series
DGA hosted its second Chat and Chai on Thursday, November 3rd at Art Kitchen with Nikka Landau of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
Students got to hear about some of Nikka's work experience which includes a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan, creating a non-profit for teachers called PhilaSoup in Philadelphia, and work in K-12 public schools in Detroit. Nikka also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, where she received her Master’s in Non-Profit Leadership.
Chat & Chai is a new DGA series where top young leaders and innovators share advice on international careers, discuss their time in the field, and answer questions in a relaxed setting. Sign up to attend one of the other Chat & Chai's taking place this semester.
Carnegie Global Ethics Day
Rutgers DGA and the Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) teamed up with the Carneg
ie Council to celebrate Carnegie Global Ethics Day
. On Wednesday, October 19th, DGA and SIR organized a debate on whether drones are ethical in warfare. Eight brave students divided into two teams, arguing about the pros and cons of using drones. Each student had three minutes to make their statement and after a round of questions from the audience, each team could present a three minute closing statement.
This was the third Carnegie Global Ethics Day that DGA and SIR participated in. In previous years, we hosted a keynote speaker from the UN who briefed students on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and organized graduate panels to give DGA students a chance to present their own research to their DGA fellows. Inspired by Global Earth Day, the Carnegie Council initiated the Carnegie Global Ethics Day in 2014 to provide organizations around the world with an opportunity to hold events exploring the meaning of ethics in international affairs. 68 institutions across the global participated in 2015.
Meet our Faculty
Meet DGA faculty member Professor Alison Howell
An Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and an affiliate member of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Professor Howell first joined Rutgers in January 2013. Shortly after she became affiliated with DGA where she has taught courses on theories of global politics and supervises students. In her current work, Professor Howell is furthering critical research on war by not only looking at how war is destructive but exploring how war can produce things like inequalities (e.g. race, gender, disability, sexuality), science and technology and how it links to politics.
For more info on her work, check out our more detailed website story here
. If you are interested in working with Professor Howell, she is currently supervising research looking at war, military and security; science and technology; medicine and global health; global inequalities (gender, race, disability and/or sexuality); and critical social theory.
Meet our Students
This month we are introducing doctoral student Rochdi Nazala. Rochdi is a Fullbright scholar who received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Hons.) from Universitas Gadjah Mada, a Master of Strategic Affairs from Australian National University and a Master of Letter in Political Violence and Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews.
Before coming to the United States, Rochdi worked as an adjunct professor at Universitas Gadjah Mada and at the Indonesian Military Academy. While working for the Indonesian government he was involved in various research projects on topics such as political violence and social movements.
Rochdi chose DGA because of its interdisciplinary nature which has allowed him to explore the dynamics of dual relationships between state and society. This is closely related to his research on religious civil militias in developing countries. Rochdi’s academic focus encompasses IR theories, security, political violence and social movements. Because DGA is close to NYC, he is able to engage in various discussions and meet experts in his area of study.
After completing his Ph.D., Rochdi plans to continue his academic career either in Indonesia or in another country. He would like to participate in the security policy making process within the Indonesian government and ASEAN.
DGA Faculty & Student Publications
The month of October was a busy time for SAGA and November will be just as productive!
In case you missed it...
- MS/PhD Roundtable, October 19: MS student Jessica Mulcahy-Miller spoke on the USAID program in South Africa and Ph.D. student Jumo Ayandele discussed her dissertation research regarding Boko Haram and terrorism in Africa
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- Nov. 15; 4pm: Chat and Chai hangouts; see emails for information on speakers and RSVP
- Nov. 15; 7pm: DGA Harvest Potluck in the DGA Lounge. Please RSVP here, and sign up to bring a dish here. All are welcome - the more the merrier!
- Nov. 16; 4pm: MS/PhD Roundtable
- Nov. 30: Career workshop with Professor Alison Howell as a guest speaker
Have a question for SAGA? Email us at SAGA.Rutgers@gmail.com