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Global Cafe

Global Cafe is an exciting opportunity that connects students with graduate student mentors to acquire the tools and resources necessary for conducting independent research with a global perspective. The International Studies conference room 201 will be home to the Global Cafe, a community for students to learn about the mysterious process of research and to help develop ideas for research projects.  Students of every level are welcome, and refreshments and light snacks are always provided. 

The Global Cafe 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 and join us this Spring quarter on Tuesdays, 12pm - 4pm to speak with our graduate student mentors about the research process.


Global Cafe 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.

Special Events at the Global Cafe

Throughout the year, we will coordinate a number of special events for the Global Cafe. These events include:

  • Students in the Field
    A series exploring undergraduate projects and international research from around the world.
  • World Roundup Dinners
    Discussions about global events and research opportunities for undergrads
  • 1st Wednesday dinners with the Center for Forced Migration Studies,
  • Open Mic Readings
    Honors students from throughout the University share their research theses in progress and audience members are able to provide feedback
  • University Resources
    Find out about opportunities at Northwestern for fellowships, funding, research guides, library archives, and study abroad opportunties

For more information and dates/times of these events check out our calendar under the News/Events section.

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The International Studies office wishes to thank The Graduate School for providing support to the Global Cafe.