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    IGL News | December 10, 2010

    This October, as one of its 25th anniversary events, the Institute for Global Leadership hosted a symposium on “Morality and the Mind: Cognitive Science and Politics” in collaboration with the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts.

    Over the past decade, cognitive scientists have begun to address morality as an aspect of human cognition.  Is morality an inborn capacity?  How much can it be influenced by culture?  How much of it can be traced to our primate heritage? 

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    IGL News | December 10, 2010

     “I have felt it myself, the glitter of nuclear weapons. It is irresistible if you come to them as a scientist. To feel it’s there in your hands, to release this energy that fuels the stars, to let it do your bidding. To perform these miracles, to lift a million tons of rock into the sky. It is something that gives people an illusion of illimitable power, and it is, in some ways, responsible for all our trouble--this, what you might call technical arrogance, that overcomes people when the

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    IGL News | December 10, 2010

    By LT Anne Gibbon

    Assistant Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, US Naval Academy and trip leader 

    Representatives from three ALLIES chapters, USNA, Tufts, and West Point, traveled to Uganda from July 23 – August 9, 2010 to conduct field research on the state of post-conflict reconstruction following the civil war against a rebel army, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), that ended in 2006.   Students included Ben Ross and Emily P

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    IGL News | December 10, 2010

    This winter intersession, 54 Institute students will be conducting research in 12 countries on issues, supported by the Javier Macaya Global Research Fund and the Empower Fund.

    To prepare for their research, the students have been writing background papers and submitting proposals to the Tufts Institutional Review Board (IRB).  To prepare for being on the ground in a broad range of countries, the Institute invited Andrew Kain, CEO of AKE Ltd., to com

  • IGL News | December 7, 2010

     This summer, in collaboration with Aftermath Founder and photographer Sara Terry and photographer Jeff Jacobsen, eight members of Exposure explored one of America's most defining aftermaths -- the aftermath of slavery, the Civil War, and the civil rights movement -- and the effect these events continue to have on our country today, particularly as they relate to race relations. Individual photo essays explored gentrification, B

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    IGL News | December 7, 2010

    On October 22-23, 2010, ALLIES, the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services, hosted its fourth annual Intellectual Roundtable at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). 

    Serving as the capstone event for ALLIES, the Roundtable previously has taken place at Tufts University and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). This year, over 25 students, cadets and midshipmen participated in the two-day conference. As part of the conference, the National Defense University’s Center for Advance

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    IGL News | December 7, 2010

    This fall, Inquiry secured a grant from the US-Japan Foundation for its second Inquiry Research Trip.  This January, Inquiry will be taking 22 high school students and seven high school teachers from seven high schools in four states to Japan for nine days of study.  In a collaboration with the Synaptics Scholars program, two of the Synaptic Scholars – Ben Perlstein and Nadia Nibbs – will lead the trip.

    This year, EPIIC’s topic is “Our Nuclear Age: Peril and Promise” and Inquiry will f

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    IGL News | December 7, 2010

    This past summer, three students from the Institute’s ALLIES Program (Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and Service) teamed up with students from the US Air Force Academy, US Military Academy, and US Naval Academy to travel to Ukraine and conduct research on the future of that country’s military reforms.  The trip was the fourth ALLIES Joint Research Project (JRP) that has taken Tufts students and members of the service academies to Chile and Jordan in recent years to study civil-military

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    IGL News | December 7, 2010

    IGL Empower fellows Rachel Brown (Tufts 2010) and Cody Valdes (Tufts 2012) spent the summer launching Sisi ni Amani [We are Peace], a project to map and connect peace initiatives in Kenya. Brown and Valdes are co-founders of Sisi ni Amani, and will be staying on in Kenya to run the project for one to two years, at which point it will be handed over to local staff. During their summer months in Kenya, Rachel and Cody have made great strides on their way to launching Sisi ni Amani’s peace map a

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    IGL News | December 7, 2010

    Alison Coffey (EPIIC’09, Synaptic Scholar, A’11)

    I arrived in Brazil in June 2009, still reveling in the buzz of EPIIC: Forging an Urban Future. After nine exhausting but fulfilling months with a reading list like no other and the joy of soaking up the wisdom of our guest speakers, I landed in a new country where I intended to learn the language and begin an equally intense exploration of the urban experience in Rio de Janeiro, particularly its favelas. After working as a rese