WI-Global recognizes the following UW-Madison undergraduates for their engaging WI-Global Forum posts and papers nominated by Global Studies-affiliated faculty members.

 

Rebecca Screnock (Junior, International Studies) and John Tao (Junior, International Studies) are the recipients of the WI Global Forum Award for best posts on the topic—cultural purity and its discontents—and the way it shapes our understanding of the wider world. Both Rebecca and John will receive a $125 gift certificate to the DoIT Techstore.

You can read their posts -- and the full Forum roll -- at the WI-Global Forum.

There were no WI Global Paper Awards given for Spring 2009.

 

None awarded for Fall 2008.

 

Kristin Jokela (Sophomore, College of Letters & Science) is the recipient of the WI Global Forum Award for best posts on the topic—music—and the way it shapes our understanding of the wider world. Her posts reflect an engagement both with a wide range of music from around the world and the artistic, business, and governmental milieux in which contemporary musicians create and fans consume music. Jokela received a $125 gift certificate to the DoIT Techstore.

You can read Jokela's posts -- and the full Forum roll -- at the WI-Global Forum.

Rebecca Gilsdorf (Sophomore, College of Letters & Science) receives a WI Global Paper Award for her paper, "Humanitarian Intervention Policies: Cultural Relativists' Vs. Universalists' Doctrines." The paper was written for the course "Understanding Human Rights" (Anthropology 940) taught by Sharon Hutchinson (Anthropology) and Dr. Florence Chenoweth (Human Rights Initiative). This paper highlights the "increasing need for human rights protocols that actually solve problems and do not simply create temporary solutions." Gilsdorf discusses interventionist practices in a variety of contexts: female circumcision in Africa, the system of Tribunales in Guatemala, and Engineers Without Borders (USA). Emphasizing "the possibility of blending cultural relativism," to assure human rights, the paper makes a strong argument for reconsideration of intervention policies in a global context.

Mark Thompson (Senior, College of Letters & Science) receives a WI Global Paper Award for his paper, "Historical Forgetfulness: Writing Against the Past." The paper was written for the course, "Communities, Homelands, and Exiles" (English 563) taught by Theresa M. Kelley (English). This paper evaluates notions of history, the work of memory, and representation of past in three novels: W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz, Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land, and Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost. Thompson demonstrates ways in which these prominent novelists "embrace a past that writes against memory and embraces forgetting." The paper makes a strong argument for the "necessity of a communal, expansive account of past" in globally dispersed historical and cultural contexts.

Gilsdorf and Thompson each received a $125 University Bookstore Gift Certificate. Instructors nominating the papers received reimbursements for research materials.