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Life in the Ukraine
Nicolai N. Petro, a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, has received a Fulbright research grant to study in Ukraine.
Professor Petro recently Skyped from Ukraine with a URI International Political Economy undergraduate course about his views on the Ukrainian protests, the role of Europe, the US and Russia in Ukrainian politics, and the prospects for reconciliation and unity.
He has not only been actively engaged in discussions with Ukrainian politicians, religious leaders and academics, but Professor Petro has also written widely about the situation.
While in Ukraine, Professor Petro has provided commentary on current events to media outlets around the world, including O Globo (Brazilian TV), Democracy Now!, The Real News Network, BTB.tv (Ukraine), RT News (Russia), Voice of America, Voice of Russia, Radio New Zealand, Radio Popolare (Italy), Korean Radio, BBC 5 and BBC World Service, South Africa Live, Global Journalist Radio (KBIA), Uptown Radio (Columbia University), Pacifica Radio (KPFA), National Public Radio, the New York Times, The Nation, and The National Interest.
Links to his commentary can be found on his web page.
Bikes not Bombs
A class of URI Poltical Science students were able to organize, recruit, and ultimately obtain 80 bikes that will be sent to support development projects (access to health care) in Uganda and (a bicycle cooperative for the physically disabled) in Ghana. This was a huge organizational effort, executed under the leadership of Associate Professor Kristin Johnson and MA student Lizzie Dore.
Below is the URI news release about the effort.
Meet Hannah Tickle