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UW International Studies Field Work Presentations Scheduled in Centennial

May 19, 2015
Head portraits of two men and one woman
Adil Bentahar, Christopher Parsons and Natalia Sharova

Three graduate students in the University of Wyoming Global and Area Studies Program will present the results of their international field work Wednesday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library branch in Centennial.

The “What in the World?” program is free and open to the public. The presentations highlight the innovative research projects that UW international studies students complete for their degrees.

Listed are the students, hometowns and their presentations:

Adil Bentahar, Casablanca, Morocco, “Project Citizen in Morocco.” He is scheduled to receive a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction in August.

Christopher Parsons, Philadelphia, Pa., “Ireland’s Great Hunger.” He is scheduled to receive his master’s degree in history in August.

Natalia Sharova, Moscow, Russia, “Energy and Climate Policy in Australia.” She’s scheduled to graduate in August with a master’s degree in international studies.

“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. “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.”

The Centennial series continues Wednesday, July 8, with Nicole Crawford, collections curator at the UW Art Museum and Pechet Men from Cambodia’s Museum of Memory, who will discuss “The Khmer Rouge Genocide and Cambodia’s Museum of Memory.” 

Roger Coupal, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Ginger Paige, associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, will discuss “Modeling Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Guatemala” Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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

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

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