NEXUS | The IGL Newsletter | Spring 2009

Newsletters | Posted May 5, 2009
Program: Tufts Energy Forum
Original “Syns” Prepare To Graduate In May, the inaugural class of 11 Synaptic Scholars will graduate. Synaptic Scholars is designed to encourage and enable students to realize their potential in collaborative, intensive, and interdisciplinary settings. It is meant to provide a forum for students to take risks, pursue passions, and challenge assumptions in an intimate and supportive environment.
The IGL Empowers Social Entrepreneurship Research and Internships at Tufts University The Empower Program for Social Entrepreneurship of the Institute for Global Leadership was launched last year and has significantly developed its program offerings this academic year. This April, we selected an outstanding group of students to support in their summer internships and research endeavors related to microfinance, international development and social entrepreneurship.
IGL and GlobalPost Establish New Collaboration The headlines read “Turkey Offers the US a Path Out of Iraq,” “Dominican Dreams: El Barrio to the Big Leagues,” and “The Other Side of an Aegean Wonderland.” They represent articles found on the web site of GlobalPost, a new Boston web-based global news service which now has a special collaboration with the Institute for Global Leadership.
Apathy is the Enemy, Not the Other On the flight home from Tel Aviv, we would have been celebrating our successful trip if we hadn’t been so demoralized and emotionally exhausted. On paper, the New Initiative For Middle East Peace (NIMEP) fact-finding mission to Israel and the West Bank had been an admirable success... more
IGL Co-Sponsors Two New Courses this Spring The Role of Leadership and Change in Conflict Transformation: Durable Peace, Fragile Peace, Intractable Conflict The Global Financial Crisis: A Seminar in Investigative Economics

Inquiry Pilots Program in Shanghai This past winter break, the IGL organized the first ever Inquiry international research trip to provide an opportunity to see this year’s topic, Global Cities, first hand in Shanghai. Inquiry is the IGL’s high school global issues outreach program. The topic of Inquiry coincides with the EPIIC theme for the year, and the high school students spend the year leading up to the conference preparing for the program.
A Perspective on the Pilot Program to Shanghai Sometimes serendipity knocks on your door. This past winter, I learned that the IGL would be sending student guides and mentors for two groups of high school students on a trip to Shanghai in preparation for this year’s inquiry simulation.
Powering the 21st Century: Tufts Energy Forum Hosts Fourth Annual Conference The 4th annual Tufts Energy Conference, “Global Green Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century”, took place on Saturday, March 28th in Tufts' new and environmentally-friendly Sophia Gordon Hall. It was a highly successful event that brought together students and professionals interested in improving our means of power generation, transmission, and delivery, in both domestic and international markets.
Program Update: International (interdisciplinary) Resilience (research and policy/practice) Program (IRP) Funding support of $14,140 was gratefully received from the Christensen Fund’s Global biocultural initiative – Institutions and Policies: Wisdom and Practice grant program ( to publish and disseminate a special issue of the African Health Sciences journal on the application of Resilience theory to understanding individual, community and environmental resilience in crisis and change as well as upgrade computer and internet access for this important on-line and print journal.