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UCM Celebrates New International Studies Major

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 29, 2010) –UCM’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will host a presentation by Andrew Blum, senior program officer at the United States Institute of Peace, as it announces the new undergraduate major in international studies offered by UCM.

A reception is planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Elliott Union atrium, followed by a presentation by Blum at 4:30 p.m. in Elliott Union 236. The public is invited to attend.

Blum is responsible for the institute’s Priority Grant Programs in Nigeria and Sudan. He recently returned from Sudan, where he is working to build the capacity of Sudanese civil society organizations to engage in peace building and post-conflict reconciliation. He also worked with the Alliance for Peacebuilding to found the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project. This project seeks to address appropriate application of evaluation results and to establish greater trust between donors and implementers around the evaluation process.

Before joining the staff of the Institute, Blum was assistant director of University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, where he was the director of the ICONS Project and oversaw the undergraduate minor in International Development and Conflict Management.

Prior to that he served as academic director for the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution and field representative for the Carter Center in Georgetown, Guyana. He has also worked on peacebuilding projects or conducted research in Afghanistan, Mexico, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Estonia, and Kazakhstan.

Blum is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California School of International Relations.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence. The institute is transforming approaches to international conflict by drawing on a variety of resources in fulfilling its congressional mandate.

For more information on the major in international studies or Blum’s presentation, contact Darlene Budd, associate professor of political science, at 660-543-8948.