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Global Studies Initiative

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The Global Studies Initiative (GSI)  at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility provides a complement to one of of the College’s newest academic program in Global Studies (GLBL) and is managed by GLBL’s co-coordinators, Prof. Ayse Kaya and Prof. Carina Yervasi, and is supported by GLBL’s program committee. GSI supports programming that stresses the interaction of the local and the global and that aims to develop knowledge of global issues, connections, and processes as well as potential solutions to global problems.  It welcomes an interdisciplinary focus. 

In AY2021-2022 and 2022-2023, GSI was particularly interested in supporting initiatives for curricular development on global issues and the local-global connections. Specifically, funds were awarded to support faculty to transform existing relevant course materials either to enhance their global content or integrate global content.  We also welcomed courses that provide students the opportunity to critically compare similar content across different regions or localities of the world (e.g. the reception of documentary films in Europe and Asia).

GSI funds are also available to support events and activities. Thus far in 2022-2023, GSI funds supported the following:

  • "The Constitution, the Court, and Politics," Constitution Day Lecture: Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University
  • Launch event for a publication related to a community-based component of a course
  • “Women Builders and the Earthen Architectural Heritage of Central and West Africa,” documentary film screening and hands-on workshops, Amélie Esséssé, earthen architect/conservationist and film director
  • “How Did I Make Career Out of That,” Angela Walsh, project manager and consultant
  • Upcoming events: 8th Internat'l Conference on teaching Chinese as a Second Language: New Directions in Chinese Language Education in the 21st Century (June 2023)

If you have an event that you would like GSI to support, please send a brief (no more than a single page) description of your event, how you think it addresses the Initiative’s goals, your funding needs (please list other co-sponsors), and your plans to advertise the event to

Global Studies Initiative Contact

Ayse Kaya


Program Coordinator, Global Studies

On Leave - Academic Year

Political Science


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8471
  2. Trotter Hall 311

Carina Yervasi

Associate Professor

Executive Director, Global Engagement

Section Head, French & Francophone Studies

Modern Languages & Literatures-French & Francophone Studies

Global Engagement

Global Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8167
  2. Kohlberg Hall 309
  3. Cunningham House Scott Arboretum
  4. Office Hours:

    Most MONDAYS when classes are in session: 1- 4 PM

    Please sign up at the following link.

    Walk-ins available for 20 min. appointments, when the office door is open.