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UW International Studies Field Work Presentations Scheduled in Sheridan and Cody

April 25, 2013
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Jennifer Cheddar, shown with Haitian girls in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will be among the presenters. (Global and Area Studies)

Three graduate students in the University of Wyoming Global and Area Studies Program will present the results of their international field work at presentations in Sheridan and Cody.

The “What in the World?” program will be presented Wednesday, May 22, at 5:15 p.m. in the Inner Circle at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library. The program will be presented Thursday, May 23, at 5:15 p.m. in the Grizzly Room at the Park County Library in Cody.  Both programs are free and open to the public.

The three students are scheduled to receive master’s degrees this spring. Their efforts highlight the exciting and innovative research projects that UW international studies’ students complete for their degrees.

Jennifer Cheddar, from Mount Carmel, Pa., studied the plight and discrimination of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. 

Lindsay Olson from Laramie worked with subsistence farming communities in the Peruvian Highlands. 

Rahimjon Abdugafurov from Uychi, Namangan, Uzbekistan, focused his research on modern Muslim views of Christians and Jews in Uzbekistan. 

“I’m pleased to show Wyoming the kind of cutting-edge international work our students do and how it shapes their education, but also how it applies to our everyday lives in the United States,” says Jean Garrison, director of Global and Area Studies, and a Sheridan County native. “More than simply transforming the individual students, this work brings home to us all the various challenges people face in the world and demonstrates how interconnected we are in our needs and desires.”

This background provides students with the tools to go out into the global workforce as teachers; to work for government or non-profits agencies; or to continue their graduate studies in related disciplines such as geography, anthropology or international relations.

The talks are sponsored by the UW Global & Area Studies Program, the Global Studies Excellence Initiative and the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation.  

For more information, contact Garrison at (307) 766-6119 or

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