Saudi Arabian Ambassador to UN Honored at CPIA Commencement Luncheon

(From Left To Right) Mr. Abdulaziz Alsalloom (Chief Of Protocol), Mr. Abdullah Alghuniam (Graduate GLDP), His Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Mayor Joseph P. Ganim

(From Left To Right) Mr. Abdulaziz Alsalloom (Chief Of Protocol), Mr. Abdullah Alghuniam (Graduate GLDP), His Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Mayor Joseph P. Ganim

The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, spoke at a luncheon held in his honor after the UB Commencement, which included more than 1,300 students, on Saturday, May 7.

The Ambassador came to honor the 27 Saudi students graduating including Mr. Abdullah Alghunaim, a Saudi diplomat, who works together with the Ambassador in the Saudi Mission. Mr. Alghunaim was completing his Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace. Continue reading →

Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development from the View of the United Nations

by Martina Santia*

On Friday April 29, 2016 a group of undergraduates in the International Political Economy & Diplomacy, Criminal Justice and Human Security, and Religion & Politics programs at the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for an afternoon of briefings.

April-16-1Henk-Jan Brinkman, Ph.D. Chief Policy of the Planning and Application Branch at the Peacebuilding Support Office, gave an enlightening presentation about peacebuilding, a mechanism used to reduce the risks of getting into violence in the aftermath of a war. Dr. Brinkman focused on the complexity of today’s wars and the importance of translating analysis of conflicts into actions into building sustainable peace. Continue reading →

Stimulating Discussions about Counter-terrorism and the Global Impact

Counter-terrorism and the Global Impact were the foci of Briefings to which graduate students were privy at the United Nations on Friday 4 December 2015. Arranged by the Department of Public Information in conjunction with the College of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport, students in the MA in Global Development, MA in Global Media and Communications Studies, and MA in East Asia and Pacific Rim Studies engaged in dialog with experts at the United Nations regarding matters of global importance.

The Briefings were given by Mr. Mattias Sundholm (Couter-Terrorism) and Dr. Sean Cruse (UN Global Impact). Both speakers invited discussion and questions, and addressed a wide range off issues and themes, all of current global importance.
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Making the United Nations Real for UB Undergradauates

Sustainable Development and Human Security were on the Agenda for a group of undergraduates from the International Political Economy and Diplomacy, and Criminal Justice and Human Security programs at University of Bridgeport when they attended Briefings at the United Nations on Friday 20 November 2015.

Briefings were given by Mr. Kirit Patel (Sustainable Development Goals), and Dr. Mehranz Mostafavi (Chief of the Human Security Unit). Each gave a presentation and answered poignant and passionate questions posed by the students, some of who were from states in the Global South and were able to speak directly to the themes and issues addressed by the speakers.
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UB Commemorates the UN on its 70th Anniversary

On the 30th of October 2015 the University of Bridgeport celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. The ceremony paid special tribute to the UN and to an event that took place at University some sixty years prior. October 24, 1955, the University’s Student Council planted a sapling to mark the tenth anniversary of the United Nations and to commemorate its achievements. The University took advantage of the UN’s seventieth anniversary to rededicate the tree and to install a new plaque to replace the one that had weathered many a Connecticut winter.

Dr. Rima Salah [Second Row Center], Member of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Peace Operations with students, faculty and Administration from the University of Bridgeport {Photo by Triton Marks].

Dr. Rima Salah [Second Row Center], Member of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Peace Operations with students, faculty and Administration from the University of Bridgeport {Photo by Triton Marks].

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The UN at 70

Speech given by Her Excellency Dr. Rima Salah, Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Peace Operaitons and Former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Delivered at the University of Bridgeport on October 30, 2015.

Dr. Stephen Healey, Provosts of the University of Bridgeport; Dr. Thomas Ward, Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs and Vice President of Internalization at University of Bridgeport; Ms. Brinet Rutherford, President of the Senior Class; Professors, Students, and Guests:

It gives me great pleasure and honor to be with you today on this very auspicious occasion, the rededication of the University of Bridgeport, United Nations Tree, and the unveiling of the new plaque.

What we saw an hour ago is defying and is a testimony of your commitment to the ideals and the charter of the United Nations. Indeed the partnership that you have forged with the United Nations is quite remarkable and unique. Continue reading →

UB Active in CTAUN

CTAUNThe Mass Communications Department at UB has developed a publicity package for the Committee on Teaching About the UN (CTAUN). Professor Susan Katz, helped supervise the project in the Publicity Methods class and described the project on storify. On January 30, 2015 more than 30 UB faculty and students attended the annual CTAUN conference about “The UN at 70” at UN headquarters in New York City where eight UB students presented. A report on this event is available on Storify.

Dave Benjamin joins Executive Board of NEPSA

dbenjaminProfessor Dave Benjamin, Chair of UB’s M.A. Program in Global Development and Peace, has become a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA). Benjamin has been an active member of the association and served as a member of the planning committee for NEPSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting that was held at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale University April 24-25, 2015, where he chaired two panels and presented a paper at a third.

The University of Bridgeport had a good showing at the NEPSA Conference, with Martina Santia, Janaina Bordignon, Mai Malkawi, Mohammed Al-Azdee, Rebecca Bruckenstein, Marissa Gambardella, Mohammad Aynal Haque, and Simona Serban making presenations.

Ms. Gaynel Curry from UNHCR speaks at Pi Sigma Alpha Forum

Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Dr. Bret Anderson, Professor of Political Science at University of Rhode Island, and Mr. Kabba Williams, from Sierra Leone and a graduate of University of Minnesota were the speakers at this year’s annual colloquium hosted by the University of Bridgeport Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. The topic of the forum was “Education and Peace: Towards Sustainable Development,” and the event was held Wednesday, Apr 08, at 6:00 pm, at the Arnold Bernhard Center, Art Gallery at UB.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. The UB Chapter has won a Chapter Activity Grant from the national organization in each of the last 9 consecutive years.

Remembering Slavery at the United Nations

Beltina Gjeloshi (Graduate Assistant, Global Development and Peace), March 26, 2015

Briefing Moderator Ms. Gaynel Curry with Global Development and Peace student Beltina Gjeloshi

Briefing Moderator Ms. Gaynel Curry with Global Development and Peace student Beltina Gjeloshi

Every year on March 25, the United Nations honors victims of over 400 years of slave trade designated as International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, two Global Development and Peace (GLDP) students attended an NGO briefing on women and the slave trade at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Chaired by Ms Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Curry will be coming to UB to participate in a colloquium on the evening of 8 April 2015), four distinguished panelists discussed the history of slave trade and its impact on women’s rights today.

Panelists included Françoise Verges (Chair of “Global South” at the College of Global Studies at University of Paris), Margaret Washington (Associate Professor at Cornell University), Eola Dance (the Northeast Regional Network to Freedom (NTF) Program Coordinator and a 14-year National Park Service employee), and Liz Maurer (Director of Programs for National Women’s History Museum and Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Museum Education). Questions from the audience were included reparations, and facing the challenges of modern day slavery, especially trafficking of women and girls across borders.

Hannah Moeckel and Beltina Gjeloshi (GLDP) were accompanied by Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development and Chair of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace.

University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations.