2014 - 2015 Events!

Departmental Conference Panels

International Studies: Pot, Penicillin, and the Pill: A Global View of Drugs

This panel examines three drugs, Hallucinogens, Krokodil (an opioid), and Viagra, and questions whether or not they ought to be available on the free market to use, legal but with restrictions limiting their usage, or completely banned. To come to their conclusions, the authors examine why and how the drugs have been used around the world, be it for medicinal, cultural, or recreational purposes.

Hallucinogens: Merci Gituma, Rebekah Mathes, Thaddeus Kush, Elizabeth Munyao

Krokodil: Emmaline Johnson, Jacob Davidson, Briana Blewett, Jeremy Lafaw

Viagra: Jarell Howell, Kelsea Collins, William Davis

Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Gretchen Pierce, Dr. Allison Watts

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Location: CUB 103 Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Political Science: Violence and Hope in World Politics

World politics seems ever more complex in both the nature and pervasiveness of violence and the depth of hope and progress. This panel engages both, addressing violence in the Crimea and the impact of war on the cultural treasure of a people while juxtaposing this to the hope implicit in the role of information in engaging both the Arab world and the young. Issues and challenges faced by states are rarely kept in hermetically sealed containers, which two of our papers remind us when addressing the topic of crop and food safety and the stunning difference in how the U.S. as opposed to the world approaches the issue of guns.

Panel: Heather Day, Jacob Davidson, Andrew Harris, Emmaline Johnson, Natalie Benner, James Connor

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cynthia Botteron

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Location: CUB 103 Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mr. Stephen R. Johnston, "The Global Implications of US Drug Policy"

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Location: DHC 051

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Mr. Stephen R. Johnston will discuss the U.S. government’s role in stemming the flow of illegal drugs to the United States from various parts of the world. He will answer questions after his talk. Some key areas are:

  • How does the US position on drug trafficking compare with other developed nations?

  • How does the recent legalization of cannabis for non-medical use in two US states impact international drug control policies?
  • How have the economics of the international illicit drug trade impeded the effort to stem the flow of drugs?
  • How do efforts to stem international trafficking differ when the drugs are illegal vs. misused/abused prescription drugs?

Mr. Johnston serves in the Office of National Drug Control Policy as International Source Country Branch Chief. Prior to taking his current position, he served in the U.S. military with assignments related to counter-narcotics policy at the Pentagon and U.S. Africa Command.

Cosponsors: The International Studies Program and the Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology Departments.

National Scholarship Information Session: Fulbright Scholarships

Dr. Jonathan Skaff, Director of International Studies and Dr. Agnes Ragone, Ship Fulbright Committee member will be talking about how to apply for Fulbright grants that support post-graduate study around the world. Click here for more information.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Location: DHC 208

Time: 3:30pm

15th Annual International Studies Film Series

Pot, Penicillin and the Pill: A Global View of Drugs

Location: All films will be shown at Dauphin Humanities (DHC) 051

Time: 6:30pm (all films)

Dates: Please see the dates listed below for specific films

Thursday, February 12, 2015 Children of Tobacco and We love Cigarettes

Thursday, February 26, 2015 Big Sugar

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Drug War

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Dying for Drugs

Sponsored by International Studies Program

Study Abroad in Germany for Less

Dr. Marjaana Gunkel, A Professor of Management at Leuphana Universitat Luneburg, Germany will be giving a talk on how to study abroad in Germany for less.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Location: CUB 103

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm

Diggin' History Series

Shippensburg University Alumnus, Alex Galarza will discuss how soccer impacts the culture of Argentina’s capital.

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015

Location: Dauphin Humanities (DHC) 151

Time: 7:30pm

Klezmer Music Extravaganza and Svenska Fika (coffee break)

Friday, December 5, 12:30-2:30 pm in the DHC Fishbowl
All International Studies Students and Faculty are invited for this end-of-semester event!
we look forward to seeing you...

Samba, Brazil's Joyous National Music

Wednesday November 5, 2014. Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm at the CUB MPR

"There is No Point to Samba if it Doesn't Make You Smile": Learn to Play Samba, Brazil's Joyous National Music. Samba, represents a mixture of Brazil's African and European heritage. Alex Shaw, leader of Philadelphia's Alô Brasil band, will direct a samba percussion session. Students wishing to participate should contact Dr. Gretchen Pierce <GKPierce@ship.edu>. The first 5 who respond will be eligible to learn. Others will be welcome to observe.

Co-sponsors: The History/Philosophy Department, International Studies Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, and Human Understanding Commission

Contact Information

Email: ism@ship.edu

Dr. Mark Sachleben

Interim Director of International Studies

Dr. Jonathan Skaff 

Director of International Studies (on sabbatical 2015-2016)

CUB 221-B (717-477-1907)

Fax: (717) 477 – 4062

0ffice hours: TBA

Angela Noreika

Dean's Office (DHC 225)
M-F 8am-4:30pm
717-477-1151 extension 3210

Ashley Geckle 

Graduate Office Worker
CUB 221-C (717-477-1123 extension 3879)
Office Hours: TBA