Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement

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Lectures and Events

The Melrose Center sponsors and co-sponsors a number of events and lectures each year. Check out past speakers - as well as upcoming events!

2018-2019 Lectures and Events

The 2019 Melrose Fellows read and discussed Claudia Kolker's 2013 book, The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope. The campus community was invited to her evening lecture, "When We Hurt Migrants, We Hurt Ourselves," in which Ms. Kolker focused on the toll that family separation policies have had not only on those detained but also on the border patrol agents charged with implementing such policies.

The 2019 Melrose Fellows read and discussed Claudia Kolker's 2013 book, The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope. The campus community was invited to her evening lecture, "When We Hurt Migrants, We Hurt Ourselves," in which Ms. Kolker focused on the toll that family separation policies have had not only on those detained but also on the border patrol agents charged with implementing such policies.

2016-2017 Lectures and Events

Screening of documentary on reintegrating former child soldiers in  Sierra Leone, including discussion with filmmaker Terry Leary

 

Conference on peace-building in post-conflict societies with Mrs. Maria Brewer, former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria; Mr. Edward Kawa, Counsellor, Embassy of Sierra Leone in Washington DC; Dr. Chris Mahony, Georgetown law professor and consultant to International Criminal Court; Mr. Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of the Enough Project to End Genocide  

 

Discussion of “The Guatemalan Dream” by representative of Sustainable Development for Guatemala (DESGUA) on helping Guatemalans living in the US find dignified work and reconnect with their cultural roots. 

 

Talk by Dr. John Wall, professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Rutgers-Camden, on his book Children’s Rights: Today’s Global Challenge, sponsored by Ursinus UNICEF Club.

News

  • UN Women Youth Engage
    March 12, 2019
    Fifteen students, staff and faculty from Ursinus are in New York City for the 63rd annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, an intergovernmental body that meets at the United Nations to focus on ways to promote gender equality.
  • March 12, 2019
    15 students, staff and faculty from Ursinus are in New York City for the 63rd annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, an intergovernmental body that meets at the United Nations to focus on ways to promote gender equality. 
  • Ursinus students participated in a Debating for Democracy workshop in the Bears' Den.
    March 6, 2019
    The Project Pericles Debating for Democracy event, held in February, focused on mass incarceration, immigration and LGBTQ rights.
  • Charlotte Rohrer '19 became a U.S. citizen in December 2018.
    March 5, 2019

    Charlotte Rohrer ’19 moved from Germany to the United States at age 15 and started a six-year journey to gain dual citizenship. That journey was finally fulfilled in December.

  • Carolyn Smith Strainic ’11
    June 27, 2018
    When she was a student at Ursinus, it was easy to imagine Carolyn Smith Strainic ’11 working at the United Nations like her mentor, the late U.S. Ambassador Joseph H. Melrose Jr. ’66. Today, she carries forward his legacy in the same section he used to lead.
  • Melrose Fellows helped to rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
    May 29, 2018

    They spent one of the first weeks of their summer vacation working on a home damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Jim Sciutto
    January 30, 2018

    Jim Sciutto, chief national security correspondent, spoke to the Ursinus community about national security issues during a talk in Olin Auditorium.

  • Some of the first Melrose fellows.
    August 22, 2017

    The students will engage in global civic engagement opportunities.