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The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is the primary forum for interdisciplinary study of international affairs at Cornell, and an important sponsor of research, teaching, and outreach on campus and abroad. Established in 1961, the Center has made a major contribution to our understanding of how the world works and allowed Cornell to contribute to solving problems of international concern. The Center provides a home to eight core programs of which two are U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs), i.e. the South Asia Program and the Southeast Asia Program. It also cooperates with other international programs on campus and works to internationalize the university’s research, teaching, and outreach agenda. More than 800 faculty members collaborate with the center and its associated programs.
In its ongoing effort to anticipate and respond to changing global circumstances and perspectives, the Center applies its resources to new pilot activities and initiatives that bring faculty members and students together across traditional disciplines and departmental boundaries. The Center is integrally involved with the development and implementation of the new Global Cornell Initiative and engages in activities that support the internationalization across campus and provides opportunities for all units, faculty, staff, and students to network and address internationalization issues.
As part of Cornell’s internationalization strategy, the Einaudi Center launched a new International Faculty Fellows program to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on campus. The Center welcomed the first cohort of four fellows in the fall of 2014 for a three-year term and will welcome the second cohort of four follows in the fall of 2015. The Center also significantly expanded its semi-annual seed grant and small grant competitions for faculty and programs to advance international research and education at Cornell and support faculty to mobilize additional external support.
As part of its Foreign Policy Forum, the Center has formed a network of 40 faculty members, brought experts to campus to speak on topical themes as part of a Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lund Critical Debate Series, and Roundtable Discussions, and provided funding for activities in foreign policy studies. The Einaudi Center offers two postdoctoral fellowship programs in the areas of foreign policy, security studies, and diplomatic history. The undergraduate course, GOVT 3553 - Issues Behind the News , is supported by the Center and offered by the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty from across the university are invited to deepen students’ understanding of issues on the front pages of newspapers as events unfold during the semester.
Each year the Center brings an eminent world leader to campus as the Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellow to deliver a public lecture, meet with classes, and interact informally with faculty members and students. The Center also hosts Current Events Roundtables at Reunion each June and in metropolitan areas such as Washington, DC, and New York City that enable Cornell alumni to join faculty members in discussions of key world events.
Undergraduate students may choose from a variety of minors such as international relations, Latin American studies, modern European studies, French studies, East Asian studies, South Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies, global health, or international agriculture and rural development. The Einaudi Center’s International Relations Minor (IRM) allows Cornell students to supplement their major field of study with a minor in a university-wide program specializing in international affairs. The Center also launched a new Undergraduate Student Travel Grant program that awards students in carefully selected undergraduate courses with an international experience as part of the Global Cornell Initiative.
Graduate students’ overseas field research is supported through the Center’s annual travel grant competition as well as the Fulbright fellowship program and the Fulbright-Hays awards, which are both administered by the Center. The NRCs administer the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) program, which provides funds for graduate and undergraduate students.
The Einaudi Center and particularly the NRCs share Cornell’s expertise in international studies with community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and K-12 public schools in New York State by offering resources, activities, and special events related to Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
The Center has a comprehensive website and hosts the university’s International Gateway (www.international.cornell.edu), a website developed by the Center for the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs to showcase Cornell’s international dimensions.