Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Student publications: Combining the intellectual and the practical

Are you looking to put your ideas into print so they reach those who share your interests?

SAIS students have multiple writing outlets that accommodate serious academic prose to comic relief.

SAIS Bologna's flagship student publication, the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs (BCJIA), offers its editors the chance to contribute to the global public policy debate.

This year's edition -- the 16th since the Journal was founded -- addresses the theme of "Revisions" through articles by leading academics and SAIS Bologna students, interviews, commentary and graphics.

SAIS Dean Vali Nasr discusses Egypt, Libya, the Arab Spring and U.S. foreign policy in an interview. There are articles on U.S.-Iran relations, IR theory, NATO, the euro crisis, transatlantic relations, drought in Africa and global labor regulations, among other topics.

As SAIS Bologna Director Kenneth Keller notes in his forward, the Journal "reflects a goal of SAIS itself: to combine the intellectual analytical tools of graduate study with the practical focus of a professional school."

Last week, we showcased SAIS Perspectives, a student-run publication of the International Development program.

The SAIS Observer newspaper provides a glimpse of student life on all three campuses. The lead story in the May edition takes readers into the urban park next to the SAIS Bologna Center to meet the indomitable Signora Anna, who runs the garden with an iron fist.

Other articles explore a trip by SAIS students to North Korea, a walk on the Nanjing wall, salsa dancing in Bologna, the SAIS Toastmasters Club and the first SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference.

The newspaper finishes with a quote by Prof. Marco Cesa: "I've taught you everything I know, so goodbye."

Nelson Graves

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