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Scholars with European Connections

Rob Martinsen enjoys his work as an associate professor of Spanish pedagogy at BYU. Martinsen spends his work days teaching and researching topics, such as language and culture learning. His research has focused primarily on the effects of study abroad programs on undergraduates and what factors lead to more learning while abroad. He has taken [...]

An International Perspective

Are you interested in foreign affairs? If so, you will enjoy reading the Foreign Service Journal, published monthly by the American Foreign Service Association. These timely articles explore diplomacy and foreign affairs with a thoughtful, inside perspective. Read more . . .

Refugee Reception in Utah

Wall Street Journal columnist Miriam Jordan takes a look at Utah's response to refugees, which Jordan notes is based in large part on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "About two-thirds of Utah’s three million residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church [...]

Experiences Abroad

Miranda Wilcox is an associate professor of English at BYU. At the present time, Wilcox is living in England where she is working on a book project about Anglo-Saxon England at the University of York.  In June, she will move to London to co-direct study abroad programs at the BYU London Centre. Wilcox enjoys living [...]

Religion and Culture Combined

The personal conversion stories shared in “Hybrid identity no contradiction for Jewish,” an article found in The Times of Israel, adds an interesting perspective on the lives of some Latter-day Saint converts. Many Latter-day Saints who converted from the Jewish faith have continued to enhance their identity with Jewish rituals and traditions. Read more . [...]

Royal Gratitude

The speedy response of Church members of York to provide a helping hand to the victims of the floods attracted the attention of royalty. Prince Andrew publically thanked Latter-day Saints who participated as Mormon Helping Hands volunteers by providing relief to flood victims through rescue searches, care packages, removing damaged belongings, and providing comfort to [...]

Going Far

Stephen (Brent) Wilson is a new member of the society with a considerable global experience.  Wilson's blog notes: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” an African Proverb. He invites us to consult his blog at

26th Conference Proceedings Online

Members may now access the 26th annual Conference Proceedings online (see Publications). Inside you will find the Keynote Address, "Welcoming Leaders from Around the World," given by Elder Richard Hinckley, director of Church Hosting, and Erlend D. Peterson, associate international vice president of Brigham Young University. Other presenters included are Terry Warner, professor emeritus [...]

Brazilian Transplant

Marcos Gallo Marcos was raised Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and the social problems he saw while growing up in Brazil inspired him to focus his education on international development. Gallo is a BYU student majoring in economics, with minors in international development, Chinese, and mathematics. He loves the Chinese culture and plans on attending graduate [...]

A Closer Look

Ricky Gettys Ricky is currently an international relations major at BYU, living in Provo. He conducted ethnographic research in Thailand on business development and ethics and was a facilitator for the BYU anthropology field school to Vietnam last summer, conducting research on integration of minorities into the state. Ricky teaches the culture and language [...]