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UW International Studies Field Work Presentations Scheduled Wednesday in Centennial

June 3, 2013
Two women in regional dress
Lindsey Olson, right, is shown with one of the subsistence farmers she studied in the Peruvian highlands. (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 Wednesday, June 5, 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 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. “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 nonprofit 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 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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