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Anand Giridharadas Speaking at UMass


“Anand Giridharadas, writer of the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune will be speaking at the Graduate Student Appreciation Week Kick-off Party. Come discuss the current socio-economic climate in US, Asia and recent political uproar in the Arab world. Explore with Anand, the opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs, investors, scholars and students in India.
In 2009, Anand completed a four-and-a-half-year tour reporting from India for The Times and the Herald Tribune, as their first Bombay presence in the modern era. He reported on India’s transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty and democracy. He was appointed a columnist in 2008, writing the “Letter from India” series.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents from Bombay, he has also resided in Paris and outside Washington, D.C., where his family still lives. He studied the history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17, writing two articles on money and politics under the tutelage of Jill Abramson. He moved to Bombay after college, in 2003, to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he served on projects advising the local government on urban development, a pharmaceutical company on organizational redesign and leadership development, and Indian and Chinese businesses on their internationalization strategies.
He was recently spotted with Jon Stewart at The Daily Show. He appears now and again on television and the radio in the United States and internationally, including on CNN and CBC Radio, for both of which he serves as an analyst. He has lectured at Harvard, Brown, the University of Michigan, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the International Development Research Centre, Google and the Young Presidents Organization as well as been a panelist and moderator at conferences organized by the Herald Tribune and the Asia Society, among others.
Giridharadas’s first book, entitled India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, a work of narrative nonfiction about his return to the India his parents left, was published in early 2011.
Come join us in Campus Center Ball Room A on 25th April from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Listen to Anand’s views on different topics related to globalization and how it is shaping the future of the world, while enjoying delicious food and the chance to win prizes such as iPad2s, Kindles, a 32” HDTV and many more.
This event is sponsored by UMass Boston’s Graduate Student Assembly.”


Video Tutorial: How to find the GSA Money

Hi everyone,

As the GSA Treasurer, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how GSA handles its money. I am always proud to share information about our grants and other funding we give to support graduate students, but sometimes it is hard to remember everything. So, I have created a handy video tutorial that covers how to find the grants and other resources on our website.

The video goes over our most popular offerings, such as the PDG’s (Professional Development Grants) we give for attending conferences, as well as grants you may not have heard of before, such as the Research Funding Proposal.

Click here to see the movie, including the notes- which make finding what you need even easier.

Are there other tutorials you would like to see? Just leave us a comment below!

Warmest regards,


GSA Sponsored Event: 10.22-23.2010 CONFLICT STUDIES: The New Generation of Ideas

U.S. Defense Policy in Transition with

Keynote Speaker

Hughes Paul Hughes, U.S. Institute of Peace

Director, USIP Nonproliferation and Arms Control Project

Executive Director, Quadrennial Defense Review Panel

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent nonpartisan national institution established and funded by Congress; its mission is to help prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflicts by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by direct involvement in peace-building efforts.

Paul Hughes joined USIP after a long and distinguished career in the military. As an active duty Army colonel he served in Iraq as a senior staff officer for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and later with the Coalition Provisional Authority.  During that time he developed several policy initiatives, such as the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of the Iraqi military. He has served in numerous roles at USIP, including Director of Iraq Programs in the Institute’s Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations and Executive Director of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. 

Register for the conference

Organized by the UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution, Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas brings together graduate students from a variety of fields to present their work and share ideas. 21 countries are represented in the paper presentation submissions for this year’s conference.

The conference will take place in the state-of-the-art Campus Center of the University of Massachusetts Boston, allowing participants easy access to the City of Boston with its wealth of educational and cultural resources.

To Learn More Up To Date Information Click Here

Contact Information

Please direct all correspondence to:

Conflict Studies Conference

Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution

McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617-287-7489            Fax: 617-287-7412


Conference Organizer:

Roni Lipton, Associate Director Tel: 617-287-7415 Email:

GSA Sponsored Event: 11.04. 2010 Mental Illness Stigma Panel

Mental Illness Stigma Panel

The Mental Illness Stigma Panel is an annual panel of speakers who talk to the truth of what it is to have a mental illness, be related to, and be friend of someone with a mental illness. In general the mission of this panel is to disperse the stigma attached to mental illness. As you may or may not know there is a derogatory misconception of what it means to have a diagnosis of having a mental health condition. This panel is designed to show more of the truth about mental illness and therefore create a more understanding environment for those that are either diagnosed or have close relations with someone that is.
Recently we had our second annual Stigma Panel which featured Kitty Dukakis and, the first annual panel had Steve Lappen of the Depression and Bipolar Support Association of Boston as the featured speaker. It is my intention to have the Third Annual Stigma Panel on November 4th, 2010. The space has been reserved and planning is going smoothly.
We have three speakers lined up presenting from three different viewpoints. Stephanie L. Pinder-Amaker of Harvard Medical School will be speaking for the professional viewpoint, Hai Vanhong, a student here at UMass – Boston, will speak from the viewpoint of being a friend of someone with a mental health condition, and a member of the Bipolar and Depression Support Alliance will speak from the viewpoint of someone that has a condition.
In the past we have had a decent turnout of about 80 individuals. With about a 1/8 of them being graduate students. It is my intent to further expand our contact with the graduate students and make this population more knowledge about the truths behind mental illness.