Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.


3 Senators Urge Education Dept. to Make Studying Abroad Safer

Three U.S. senators urged the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter on Thursday to provide better safety information to college students who plan to study abroad.

The letter—signed by Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats—recommends, among other things, that the Education Department better advertise the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Links to sign up for the program should be provided in the …


Russia Questions 2 U.S. Journalism Professors Who Led Workshops There

Joe Bergantino, executive director of Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, who directs the Newsplex journalism training facility at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, were detained and questioned in Russia for about five hours on Thursday, according to reports by BU Today and The Boston Globe. The two had been teaching journalism workshops there.

Beth Daley, a reporter for the New England Center, told the Boston University news site …


Chinese-American Scholar’s Books Are Banned Amid Protests in Hong Kong

Chinese officials have blocked the sale of books by Yu Ying-shih, a Chinese-American scholar who has supported pro-democracy movements playing out in Hong Kong, the Associated Press reports. Mr. Yu, an emeritus professor of East Asian studies and of history at Princeton University, has publicly backed protesters who for weeks have been sparring with the police in Hong Kong over more autonomy.

“If you keep following the orders” of the Communist Party, “don’t you become 100-percent slaves eventual…


Tensions Rise Between Students and Security Forces on Egyptian Campuses

Students clashed with security forces at universities across Egypt on Sunday to protest the presence of riot-police officers around their campuses and amid reports that more than 40 students had been arrested in raids at their homes at dawn on Saturday, Daily News Egypt reported.

According to a group called the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, state security forces launched a campaign of extensive detentions early Saturday, the first day of classes. A spokesman for the group St…


Graves Found Near Mexican Town Where 43 Students Went Missing After Clash

Mexican authorities have discovered six hidden graves near a town where 43 university students went missing a week ago after clashing with the local police, the Los Angeles Times reports. A prosecutor in Guerrero State, where the graves were discovered, said that authorities had found 28 bodies in them, but that the remains were too damaged for immediate identification. A lawyer for the families of the missing said the bodies were badly burned.

The students, who were from the Ayotzinapa Normal S…


250 Anthropologists Call for Academic Boycott of Israel

A group of more than 250 anthropologists has signed a pledge not to cooperate with Israel’s academic institutions. The anthropologists represent the latest group to support an academic boycott of Israel since the nation began a military campaign in the Gaza Strip in July.

“As a community of scholars who study problems of power, oppression, and cultural hegemony, we have a moral responsibility to speak out and demand accountability from Israel and our own governments,” wrote the anthropologists.


U. of Chicago Suspends Talks Over Chinese-Financed Center

The University of Chicago has suspended negotiations to keep open its Confucius Institute, according to a statement on the university’s website. The sudden change is due to comments by Xu Lin, chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, in a Chinese newspaper. The university deemed the comments “incompatible with a continued equal partnership.”

Earlier this year a group of faculty members signed a petition asking the university to terminate its contract with Hanban, a government bod…


Prominent Uighur Scholar Is Jailed for Life by Chinese Court

A leading Uighur scholar has been sentenced to life in prison in China, representing the Chinese government’s harshest treatment of a political dissident in recent years, The New York Times reports.

Ilham Tohti, who teaches economics at Minzu University, was found guilty of separatism and sentenced on Tuesday. He was to have become a visiting scholar at Indiana University at Bloomington before he was prevented from leaving China last year. He was arrested this year.

Mr. Tohti has advocated peace…


Supporters of Israel Say Programs in Middle East Studies Misuse U.S. Funds

Several groups supportive of Israel are urging Congress to overhaul a federal grant program to keep funds from going to programs in Middle East studies that show an anti-Israel bias.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, the groups argue that Title VI of the Higher Education Act, which provides funds to international-studies and foreign-language centers to educate the public and train security specialists, is being misused “to support biased, politicized, and imbalanced programs of Middle …


Venezuela’s President Lashes Out at Harvard Economist

The president of Venezuela lashed out Thursday night at a Harvard economist for arguing that the country had racked up so much debt that it should consider defaulting, Bloomberg reports.

In a televised speech, Nicolas Maduro called Ricardo Hausmann a “financial hitman” and asked the country’s attorney general and public prosecutor to take “actions” against the Harvard professor. Mr. Hausmann responded on Friday by telling Bloomberg that the speech had been “the despotic diatribe of a tropical th…