When the Day is Done / Down to Earth then Sinks the Sun

After that brief but necessary intermission to talk about Saru Jayaraman’s inspiring efforts to reform working conditions for US restaurant workers in my last post, it’s back to regular programming: all things GFTEI, Korbel and Colorado.

Unbelievably, Winter Quarter 2013 at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies has reached its close after a lightning-fast 10 weeks and that venerable American tradition – Spring Break – is upon us.

On my part, the end of the quarter involved completing a 13-page case study on the Bahamian financial system for my Financial Systems and Development class with Professor Ilene Grabel, and an 18-page research paper for my Political and Economic Development in Latin America class with Professor Lynn Holland on why the Caribbean is being wrongly “lumped” with Latin America in discussions of the latter’s “turn to the left” from neoliberal orthodoxy. I’m also continuing to work on an independent study which I am doing under the supervision of Trade professor, George DeMartino, on how trade agreements recently signed or currently under negotiation by The Bahamas with countries such as Europe and Canada will impact Bahamian “development policy space”.

Next quarter, which begins in only a few, short days (the 6 week vacation that comes at the end of fall quarter sadly lacking this time around…) I am taking Political Economy of Globalisation (known unceremoniously to us GFTEI-ers as “PEG”) with Prof. Martin Rhodes, International Campaign Management with Rick Ridder, a professional political campaign consultant who owns Denver-based RBI Strategies and Research, and continuing with my independent study project.

PEG is my last required class here at Korbel, and I think it will help to bring together a lot of what I have learned so far in the area of political economy, trade and finance. The International Campaign Management class is one that appealed to the former journalist in me, who wonders whether some day she might end up working in some capacity -whether full time or freelance – as a communications specialist-type, on NGO, governmental or international organisation campaigns. Ridder also has a very intriguing background, having worked on both US (Clinton-Gore, Howard Dean) and international presidential campaigns, US gubernatorial campaigns, and having assisted political parties the world over (Sweden, the UK, Bermuda) in strategising their electoral message. How to successfully communicate an organisation’s “message” and potentially affect opinion and change is something that interests me greatly.

I’m also hoping to ensure I make the most of what will now be my last few months in Denver, a place that has become my home, a place full of friends, brimming with intellectual inspiration and fulfillment, whose weather and scenery I cherish on a daily basis. Parental plane tickets have already been booked for graduation on June 7th, so it would appear this thing is really happening…

In the spirit of Colorado joymaking, I just returned from a  blissful 3 day trip to Breckenridge, in the Colorado Rockies, with a group of Korbel friends. Skiing, snow-shoeing, morning views of the mountains, communal breakfasts and the world’s most distasteful yet hilarious card game all featured…Herein lie some of the best reasons why you should consider coming to Korbel to do your Masters, my friends.


Posted on March 20, 2013, in Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Masters and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: