Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement

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Lectures and Events

The Melrose Center is planning a number of events and lectures for the coming academic year. Check back soon for details!

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.