Iinternational Studies Institute
College of Arts and Sciences
University of New Mexico

Stephen Bishop, Director
Ian Stewart, Associate Director

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International Studies Institute

MSC03 2165
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Humanities, 4th Floor, Room 420

Phone: (505) 277-1991
Fax: (505) 277-1208


About ISI

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The International Studies Institute (ISI) is an umbrella organization for the interdisciplinary undergraduate program in International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. The goal of the Institute is to pursue broad-based initiatives such as coordinating lecture series and conferences, reaching out to secondary schools, and supporting an international and interdisciplinary study, research, and outreach programs.

As an institute that serves undergraduates and the associated faculty in International Studies, our primary goal is to provide greater opportunities for the dissemination of knowledge about all parts of the world on the UNM campus and throughout the state.

ISI seeks to attract faculty with international experience, and develop relationships with local, regional, and global communities by supporting faculty and student exchange programs to all parts of the world.

For information on the International Studies major, please contact
   Director and Professor Stephen Bishop
   Associate Director and Professor Ian Stewart

Academic Advisor Farah Nousheen
Administrative Assistant Loyola Chastain


News & Upcoming Events
The UNM International Studies Institute proudly presents

2019 Fall Lecture Series in Contemporary Jewish Studies

Monday, March 25th, 1:00-2:15 PM-"Poles, Jews, and History: One Hundred Years of Polish-Jewish Migration"

Tuesday, March 26th, 1:50-3:00 PM- "Thinking about Antisemitism"

Come join us, we look forward to seeing you!

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

2018 Fall Lecture Series 

Migration Stories

September 24-November 12

Mondays 5:30-6:45 pm 

Education Building 103, UNM Main Campus

Lecture, followed by discussion

2018 Fall Lecture Series

Spring 2018 Lecture in Contemporary Jewish Studies

Remembering 1492: Sephardi Jews and the Spanish Past

by Julia Phillips Cohen,

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Thursday, March 22, 9:30-10:30 am

(followed by Q&A)
Student Union Building (SUB), Lobo A/B, UNM Main Campus

Julia Phillips Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), which received the AJS’s 2015 Jordan Schnitzer Award in the category of “Modern Jewish History—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania,” the 2015 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of “Writing Based on Archival Material,” and honorable mention for The American Academy for Jewish Research’s Salo W. Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies. Together with Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Cohen is also co-editor of Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014), which won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of “Sephardic Culture.” Her new project explores Sephardi Jews’ evolving relationship to Spain following the expulsion of 1492.
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International Studies Institute Special Lecture

The Politics of Trade in the U.S.

By Eric Farnsworth

Vice President Council of the Americas

Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00-11:00 amDane Smith Hall Room 125 UNM Main Campus

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Fall 2017 Special Lecture in Contemporary Jewish Studies

‘Micro-Minorities’ in Israel: Druze, Circassian, and Bahá’í Communities and the Jewish State

by Dr. D Gershon Lewental

Monday, November 6, 10:00 am

Student Union Building (SUB), Lobo A/B, UNM Main Campus

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2017 Fall Lecture Series

Slow Work: Time and Life in the Digital Age

Mondays, 5:30 pm, October 9 – November 13

Ortega Hall 335 (Reading Room), UNM Main Campus

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Fall Slow Work Poster

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Discovering Baghdad
A Presentation, Poetry Reading and Q&A
with Lauren Camp
author of One Hundred Hungers and other works
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11:00 - 12:30 am • Education Building, Room 103,  UNM
(Guest speaker in Dr Amina Tawasil’s class)

Writer and educator Lauren Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language.  Her writing distills the world to an essence, a place full of longing, depth and, at times, great sadness.
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Recent Video Releases on the International Studies Institute Youtube Channel

February 6, 2017 lecture by Reuven Firestone, Ph.D.
Muslims and Jews: A History of Relationship

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November 28, 2016 lecture by Amina Tawasil, PhD.
The Black Chador: Power, Place, and Play among Iranian Howzevi (Seminarians)

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The International Studies Institute would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the Fall 2016 Lecture Series an enriching and thought-provoking program.

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