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Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Buddhist temples, elephants, green curry, tuk tuks, lantern festivals!

by Alison Ralph  •  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

For three weeks in late fall of 2017, I traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to research and develop relationships with possible practicum organizations and to learn more about Southeast Asia in the context of student placements. The decision to travel to the region was a follow-up to a student survey that was initiated because more of our IDS and CRS students were choosing to complete their practicum locally rather than internationally and we wanted to learn more about how and why students were making practicum decisions.

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Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi

CRS and IDS influencers from the African diaspora

by Alison Ralph  •  Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

February has almost flown by, but we didn't want to let it slip away without marking Black History Month!

This year, we want to highlight influential people from the African diaspora who are working in International Development and Conflict Resolution—experts our professors reference regularly in their classes.

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Emmanuel Allieu at Radio Gurune in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

Lessons from Community Radio in Ghana (video)

by Alison Ralph  •  Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:11 AM


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Video: Learning From the Field | Public Lecture with Jane Rabinowicz

by Alison Ralph  •  Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 7:18 AM

MSC welcomed Jane Rabinowicz, Executive Director of USC Canada, in a public lecture entitled, "Learning from the field: Farmer-led solutions for food sovereignty, climate resilience and sustainability of small scale agriculture."

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L-R: Tom Denton, Mike Molloy, Dr. Stephanie Stobbe, Peter Duschinsky, John Wieler, Brian Dyck, and Dr. Shauna Labman.

Video: Refugee Resettlement in Canada: Moving Forward from Lessons of the Past

by Alison Ralph  •  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Seven refugee resettlement experts with experience in Canada's past and present programs gathered for a panel discussion examining the past, present, and future of Canada's refugee resettlement efforts.

"Canada has a long history of resettling refugees," says Dr. Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College, who moderated the panel. "Today there are 17.2 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, and over 1 million refugees are in need of resettlement. We want to explore what the future of Canada's resettlement program might look like."

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