What’s that have to do with the price of chocolate in America?

Political instability in a small nation in Africa means higher prices for cocoa worldwide, which means you may only send mother a card this year, instead of chocolates. That’s an example of how  politics and culture (the tendency toward revolution found in African nations) affect economics and even social interactions overseas. Some cocoa exporters in the Ivory Coast are refusing to export their cocoa until they can oust Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of the West African nation, who was defeated in a recent election. The shortened supply of cocoa means higher prices. So history, politics, culture, and economics are interwoven to tell a story about the price of chocolate. This interdisciplinary way of looking at current issues is the way that we apply international studies in the “real world.” See the story at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-01-24-ivory-Coast-coca_N.htm


Sarah Ornelas to present her integration research project on Dec. 4

Sarah Ornelas will be giving a presentation on the political, cultural, geographic and Christian impact of advocacy of elderly minorities in El Paso, Texas. Sarah is a senior, majoring in International Studies. Her internship was with Project Amistad, which provides care and services for elderly in El Paso. Her presentation is on Tuesday, Dec 4, at 11am in the Student Theater. Majors- remember it’s part of your program of study to attend at least two presentations by other students.

Fall Get Together for INT majors

Happy Thanksgiving! It was great to have some of the International Studies majors: Anna-Maria, Seo-Hee, Emily, Sarah (and Sara’s two sisters, plus my family) get together for an informal gathering this semester. We’ll do something together as International Studies majors in the spring- what would you like to do?

Some of the international studies majors