2023 PIIRS Global Seminars community gather for pre-departure barbecue

May 10, 2023

On Thursday, May 4, undergraduate students participating in one of seven 2023 PIIRS Global Seminars gathered in the atrium of the Louis A. Simpson International Building for a pre-departure barbecue. Departing students met with faculty leaders, and enjoyed giveaways, prizes and food.

Offered each summer, the Global Seminars teach across disciplines and make concrete connections between pedagogy and place. Since the program was launched in 2007, more than 1,000 students have taken part in more than 75 Global Seminars in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Near East and South America. Global Seminars are produced in partnership with departments, centers and programs across Princeton, as well as with regional studies programs housed within PIIRS. Taking a wide view of international studies, they have focused on everything from pure science to the performing arts.

Derek Edwards '26 and Melat Mesfin '25

Derek Edwards '26 and Melat Mesfin '25 head to India and Kenya, respectively. In India, students taking "Food, Climate and Health: An Indian Exploration" are hosted Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science. "Kenya: Evolution of the Capital of Western Capitalism in Eastern and Central Africa," which explores contemporary Kenya in the context of its historical positioning and modern value to Western econo-political interests, includes excursions to Nairobi, Maasai Mara and the Malindi/Swahili Coast of Kenya. Photo by Mark Czajkowski

Kenzy Elshazly '26, Lily Turri '25 and Valentina Moreno '26

Kenzy Elshazly '26, Lily Turri '25 and Valentina Moreno '26 will be in Athens for "A Land of Light and Shadows: Modern Greek Literature and Photography. The course traces the ways in which Greek photographers, the modern Greek poets George Seferis, Odysseus Elytis, Andreas Embirícos and Yannis Ritsos, and the Canadian poet Anne Carson reflect on the relation between Greece and photography. Photo by Mark Czajkowski

Spencer Bauman '25 and Anna Johns '25

Spencer Bauman '25 and Anna Johns '25 head to Tokyo for "Contemporary Japan and China," which focuses on developing an understanding of contemporary Japanese and Chinese societies — their histories, cultures, politics and economies — through lectures, readings, discussions, and tours in Japan and Hong Kong. Photo by Mark Czajkowski