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  • Croft Visiting Speaker: Democracy in China?

    Thursday, September 25 - 7 p.m. - The Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107)
    Dr. Andrew J. Nathan
    - Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

    The Croft Institute is very honored to welcome Dr. Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University as the first speaker in our 2014-2015 Visiting Speaker Series.  Dr. Nathan will speak about the possibilities for democratization in China.  The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, in the Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107).

    Twenty-five years after the student pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, China has not democratized and the authoritarian regime appears strong and confident.  Yet a large middle class has emerged, state-society relations are increasingly turbulent, and the regime shows signs of internal strain. Does the Chinese case challenge the well-established theory that modern societies eventually adopt democratic forms of rule? If China democratizes, what path might it take? What would a Chinese form of democracy be?

    Dr. Nathan's research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights.  His degrees are from Harvard University (B.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1971) and has been at Columbia University since 1971.

    300 Croft Dollars will be Awarded

  • U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

    The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

    http://news.olemiss.edu/croft-institute-announces-its-2014-15-scholars/

  • Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

    The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.

    Students who are selected for the 2015 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of our four participating universities:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    University of California, Berkeley

    Princeton University

    University of Michigan

    The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

    What are the benefits of participation?

    • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
    • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
    • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
    • University housing with a meal plan.
    • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
    • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
    • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
    • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
  • Photos from Senior Dinner on Ole Miss Photo Site

    The weekend before graduation, Croft seniors, faculty, staff, and thesis mentors gathered for a wonderful dinner at Dr. Gispen's house.  There was plenty of delicious food and drink and even musical entertainment.  Check out the photos on the Ole Miss Photo Site - they're even available for purchase if you find some you really like!

    Photos from Croft Senior Dinner

  • Photos from Thesis Defenses and Graduation on Facebook

    We've posted photos from our thesis defenses and graduation ceremony our Facebook page.

    Croft Graduation Ceremony

    Croft Thesis Defenses

  • Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

    Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

  • New Croft Merchandise: Sweatshirts, Long- and Short-Sleeved T-Shirts, and Blankets!

    We are happy to announce the 2014 line of Croft merchandise: new long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, and, for the first time ever, stadium blankets with the Croft logo.   Croft students can redeem their Croft dollars for merchandise.

Students in the News
September 15, 2014
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U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

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September 15, 2014

Croft Senate: Freshmen Senators and Officers

The Croft Senate has announced the results of its freshmen elections and its officers for the 2014-2014 academic year.  The  three freshmen senators are Karlie England, Kate Hill, and Matt Stanford.  They join seniors Mazie Merriman, Holly Smith, and Tyler Smith; juniors Garrett Hersh, Lizzy Leary, and Lizzy Wicks; and sophomores Kalee Jones, James DeMarshall, and William Mahoney. 

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June 13, 2014

Two Croft Freshmen Recognized by National Leadership Honors Society

Two Croft students were recently named Outstanding Freshmen by the National Leadership Honors Society of Omnicron Delta Kappa.  Madeline Achgill, an international studies major studying Spanish and Chinese, and Joe Bell, who is focusing on international governance and politics and studying Spanish, were two of six Ole Miss freshmen selected for this honor.  Ryan Upshaw, Assistant Dean for Student Services at the School of Engineering and campus advisor for ODK, wrote that "these students have contributed to our campus in a myriad of ways very early on in their undergraduate experience: performing arts, community service, sustainability and campus government, to name a few. I look forward to seeing their continued leadership on our campus."

From the Institute
September 19, 2014

Inst 211: A Life in the Foreign Service

The Croft Institute and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are proud to offer a special course for the Second Fall Session (October 22-December 5). Inst 211: A Life in the Foreign Service, will give students an opportunity to learn about international diplomacy and development from a retired U.S. diplomat, Ms. Jessica LeCroy.  Ms. LeCroy is the former Consul General in Toronto Canada and served overseas in Iraq, Georgia, Bosnia, the Netherlands, and Nicaragua.  She was also Visiting Senior Fellow for Geoeconomics at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006-2008.  For more information visit the course's webpage or contact Dr. Schenck.  Enrollment is open now, and Croft students who complete the course will receive 2000 Croft dollars!

August 28, 2014

Career Center Events, Fall 2014

The Career Center will host several events this fall, including an all-majors career fair, a graduate and professional school fair, and and engineering, manufacturing, and technology career fair.

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August 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Language Tables in at the Residential College

Once again, the Department of Modern Languages is offering Language  Tables at the South Residential College. These give students a chance to practice their languages in an informal, no-pressure situation.  See the full schedule to find out when your language meets.

Faculty News
May 15, 2014
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Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

February 20, 2014

Croft Professor Vivian Ibrahim's Essay Published on Late 19th Century Egypt

Croft Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Vivian Ibrahim recently had a chapter published in the collection The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance. 

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February 10, 2014

Dr. Gutiérrez Appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy

Croft Professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy for the 2014-2015 academic year. While there, Dr. Gutiérrez will be teaching classes in culture and Spanish linguistics and consulting with the faculty on their current curriculum. 

Alumni News
Job Opportunities
August 20, 2014

Fedex Student Athlete Success Center Hiring Tutors

The Fedex Student Athlete Success Center is hiring tutors for the 2014-2015 academic year.   There are three types of positions: academic strategists, mentors, and subject-specific tutors.  The only requirements are an overall 3.o GPA and an A or B in the class being tutored, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty person.  See the attached flyer for more information.

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May 29, 2014

Language Opportunities at Leidos

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering company that started with the proud traditions of SAIC, is currently looking for individuals with experience in linguistics, language analysis, and translation.

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Internship Opportunities
September 2, 2014

Croft Students Invited to Volunteer at the U.M. Museum

The University of Mississippi Museum has a wide array of traveling exhibitions and permanent collections, along with fun events and activities year-round.

Currently, the University of Mississippi Museum is looking for volunteers for visitor's services at our front desk. This entails customer/visitor services, gift shop cashier and stocking, traveling exhibitions and permanent collections knowledge, and reception/event assistance. Upon volunteering, training will be provided for the above areas.

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August 7, 2014

Political Affairs Internship with the Borgen Project

The Borgen Project, a national campaign that fights global poverty by  working to make it a focus of U.S. foreign policy, has a telecommute internship position open.

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February 1, 2012

U.M. New York and Washington Internship Experience

The University of Mississippi has two programs designed to support students pursuing internships, one in Washington, D.C. and the other in New York, N.Y.  The programs provide guidance in finding an internship, housing, the opportunity to earn academic credit, and the benefits of being enrolled as a U.M. student - including access to financial aid - while interning.  For more information, visit the programs' websites:

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Fellowships and Scholarships
September 3, 2014

State Department UNESCO Fellowship

The State Department is sponsoring the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship.  The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.  It is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

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August 7, 2014
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Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.

[read more]