Global Café

Global Café is a great resource and opportunity for students to connect with graduate student mentors to acquire the tools and resources necessary for conducting independent research, applying for grants or fellowships, writing an honors thesis, applying to graduate school, and more. In addition, the Global Café Event Series invites unique, diverse speakers each quarter during the academic year. The small, workshop style talks are a perfect opportunity to connect with alumni, graduate students, and international scholars.

Students of every level are welcome, and refreshments and light snacks are always provided. The Global Café is located at 2010 Sheridan Road, room 201 (International Studies Program).

The Global Café is an ideal resource for all types of students including those who are:

  • planning on studying abroad and are interested in carrying out international projects,
  • who have come back from abroad and want to start their own projects,
  • who are interested in applying for research grants or other funds
  • who are interested in conducting an Honors thesis,
  • who are interested in applying to graduate school, or
  • who are in the process of writing an independent research paper for a class

We encourage all students to stop by – whether it is to meet with a Global Café mentor or attend one of the many interesting talks throughout the year!

Global Café Mentors 2014-2015

Brittany Friedman, Department of Sociology

Brittany Friedman is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University, as well as a Graduate Fellow at Northwestern's Center for Legal Studies. Her research examines how race, ethnicity, and social inequality relate to various configurations of organized crime, with a particular interest in correctional institutions and transnational networks. Brittany is currently working on a project comparatively investigating the emergence of the Black Guerilla Family and the Aryan Brotherhood in 1960s San Quentin, situating their development within the context of radical socio-political change. She is also tracing the origin of Primeiro Comando da Capital, the largest criminal organization in Brazil, which developed in opposition to massive human rights violations in Taubaté Prison in São Paulo. She holds a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate work in History at Vanderbilt University.

Mona Oraby, Department of Political Science

Mona Oraby is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her dissertation explores how states create and manage religious difference through legal practices, administrative structures, and policy directives. Focusing on Egypt, it considers how civil registration systems and the adjudication of bureaucratic disputes actively limit the form that religious identity can take. The dissertation thus departs from existing studies that focus on the situation of particular religious minorities by analyzing how and why minority and majority populations are constructed and constituted over time. It draws on legal anthropology and anthropology of the state, law and society studies, as well as religion and politics scholars attuned to the social and political processes involved in creating and governing religious pluralism.