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2019 Events

Below you will find a schedule of Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships events for 2019. Event and parking information will be added as it becomes available, so be sure to check back for updates. Click here to view a parking map for the Wes Watkins Center. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about specific events, please contact us at sgsp@okstate.edu. 

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September

September 26: Global Briefing Series - Power and Stability in East Asia by Ted Gilman

6 p.m. in 108 Wes Watkins Center
Light reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Wes Watkins Center

Theodore J. Gilman (Ted) is the Executive Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) at Harvard University, a leading research institute focusing on comparative, international, global, and transnational topics. Gilman was a tenured member of the Political Science Department at Union College for ten years before accepting a position with Harvard, where he taught courses on Japanese Politics, East Asian International Relations, and Urban Politics. He was the Executive Director of the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard prior to assuming his current post at the WCFIA. Gilman has more than three years of teaching and research experience in Japan. He has published a book entitled No Miracles Here: Fighting Urban Decline in Japan and the US (SUNY Press), and he has lectured on this topic in Europe, Asia, and North America. He is a graduate of Tufts University and has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. For more on Gilman, click here.

October

October 17: Informal Alumni Gathering

7 p.m. at Zannotti's Wine Bar - 113 W 7th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074

October 18: School of Global Studies Alumni Reunion All-Cohort Reception & Walkaround

3 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center West Hallway

The School of Global Studies wouldn't be what it is without all of its alumni, and we want to celebrate ours in a big way this year with a Homecoming Weekend full of activities! All School of Global Studies alumni and their families are invited to celebrate the School's 20th Anniversary in Stillwater the weekend of Oct. 18-20.

We will kick off with a social hour and cocktail reception in the Wes Watkins Center. Alumni will be able to see the updates that have been made to the Wes Watkins Center as well as meet current faculty and staff and hear more about future plans. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

At about 5 p.m., we will head to the Greek Neighborhood for the iconic Walkaround. students from the Greek community volunteer hundreds of hours to build the house decorations for the OSU family to enjoy. The annual Homecoming & Hoops spirit rally will also be held at 9 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena for those interested. 

October 19: Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Main Street - exact location TBD

On Saturday morning, we will meet at a designated spot on Main Street to enjoy donuts, coffee and juice and the Sea of Orange Parade, which consists of more than 140 entries by OSU Greek houses, residential halls, student organizations, alumni and the Stillwater community. The parade is broadcast live by students of the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications on Facebook and OStateTV

October 19: School of Global Studies Alumni Tailgate

4 hours prior to kickoff - First tent closest to the Wes Watkins Center on Hall of Fame Avenue. (There will be a sign)

Prior to the Homecoming football game, the School of Global Studies alumni and their families are invited to tailgate with other SGS alums, faculty, staff and current students. We will have a large tent with TVs and chairs for those who will not be going to the football game in Boone Pickens Stadium. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. 

November

Nov. 14: Global Briefing Series - Can Diplomacy Survive the Internet? by Shawn Powers

6 p.m. in 108 Wes Watkins Center
Light reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Wes Watkins Center

Shawn Powers serves as the Acting Chief Strategy Officer at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), where he focuses on strategic planning, innovation, research and evaluation, and policy coordination, as well as positioning the agency within the broader U.S. government and with key stakeholders. He has a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) and more than a decade of experience working at the nexus of public diplomacy, technology, and national security.

Previously Powers served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. Government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. From 2016-2018 he led the Commission’s efforts to understand and utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities in the strategic communication space and helped forge a research and learning agenda and culture among public diplomacy practitioners.

As an academic, Shawn researched the geopolitics of information and technology and published the award-winning The Real Cyber War: A Political Economy of Internet Freedom (The University of Illinois Press, 2015). He has over 40 publications in academic and mainstream outlets, including The Washington Post, Guardian, and Huffington Post. For more on Powers, click here.

December

Date TBD: School of Global Studies Graduate Hooding Ceremony

4 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall

The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships will honor its Fall 2019 graduates at its biannual hooding ceremony in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall. The event will begin with a reception for graduates and their families at 4 p.m., followed by the graduate processional and hooding ceremony. The graduates and their families will then walk over to the OSU Graduate graduation ceremony in Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m.  

The hooding ceremony will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. through OStateTV at http://ostate.tv


Past Events

February

Feb. 5: Global Briefing Series: The Honorable Henry McLeish

6 p.m. in 108 Wes Watkins Center

The Right Honourable Henry B. McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland, served in the government of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair. McLeish, who played professional soccer before rising up the political ranks in Britain, lectures on topics affecting European Union member countries with ties to the United States, the evolving conflict in Ukraine, the Greek debt crisis, and the Scottish independence movement. Currently, McLeish is a Visiting Professor of European Studies at the University of St. Mary's School of Law. For more on McLeish, click here.

March

March 29: Nariman Ensemble Musical Performance

7:15 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium

Join the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships for a night of traditional Persian music performed by the Nariman Ensemble on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 7:15 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Farzaneh Family Auditorium. The performance, titled Rumi: Repentance of Pir-E-Changi and composed by Ali Pajooheshgar, will consist of poems of Mawlana Rumi: "The Story of the Repentent Harper" and "The Story of Hazrat Pir Changi." Pajooheshgar will play the Oud and narrate the poems along with vocalist Shayandokht Abedinimanesh. Other members of the group include Tombak and Daf player Mehrdad Arabi and Kamancheh player Naghmeh Sarang.

The concert is being held in celebration of the official naming of the Wes Watkins Center Farzaneh Family Auditorium that evening. In 2016, the Farzaneh Family Foundation endowed the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Program through the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships, which allows OSU students and faculty to expand their knowledge of the Iranian and Persian Gulf region and creates greater global understanding between nations.

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available to the North and East of the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU-Stillwater campus.


April 

April 1: School of Global Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration & West Hallway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

2 p.m. in West Hallway of the Wes Watkins Center

Please join the School of Global Studies and Partnerships as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the School of Global Studies (SGS). Since its inception, SGS has had more than 500 graduates, who are now representing Oklahoma State University in more than 56 countries across six continents. The School was founded on April 1, 1999, and we will honor the occasion with a short program highlighting the importance of the past 20 years. We will also have a short ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wes Watkins Center West Hallway. Refreshments and sweets will be served

April 2: Global Briefing Series: Angelika Arutyunova

6 p.m. in 101 Wes Watkins Center

Angelika Arutyunova, an alumna of the School of Global Studies at Oklahoma State University, is a feminist social justice consultant who has made a difference in many women's rights movements across the world. She supports organizations through helping to develop strategies, conduct research, facilitate meetings, and advocate for resourcing movements. Angelika’s social justice work began as youth activist in Uzbekistan, her home country. Two decades later, she has developed a professional career promoting women’s and LGBTIQ rights and philanthropy. Angelika worked for the world’s largest women’s rights foundation, Global Fund for Women, and Association for Women’s Rights in Development, one of today's flagship feminist organizations. She conceptualized, developed and co-authored groundbreaking research on funding trends within AWID’s  “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights” initiative. This research has contributed to successful advocacy to improve and increase funding for women’s rights across the globe. Angelika served as the Program Director for AWID’s International Feminist Forum in Brazil in 2016. Angelika also co-founded FRIDA, the only feminist youth-led fund in the world that is now thriving with close to $1 million in grant funding each year. You can learn more about Angelika here.

April 23: Global Briefing Series: Michol Ecklund

6 p.m. in 101 Wes Watkins Center

May

May 10: School of Global Studies Graduate Hooding Ceremony

4 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall

The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships will honor its Spring 2019 graduates at its biannual hooding ceremony Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall. The event will begin with a reception for graduates and their families at 4 p.m., followed by the graduate processional and hooding ceremony. The graduates and their families will then walk over to the OSU Graduate graduation ceremony in Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m.  

The hooding ceremony will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. through OStateTV at http://ostate.tv 

May 18-19: First All-OSU Alumni Reunion in Mexico

The School of Global Studies and Partnerships and the OSU Alumni Association have partnered to host an annual international OSU alumni reunion, which will be held in a different location each year. This year, OSU alumni are invited to spend a weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, enjoying one of the world's top travel destinations. Please click here for more information!