Iron Sharpens Iron 2013 - The Political Economy of Globalization: Perspectives from Africa
This exciting 8-week immersion program, uniquely blending the cultural, political, economic and business aspects of Africa, will enable 20 highly motivated students to have a firsthand learning experience in Africa. The program will focus on the interaction of political and economic policy and the effects of globalization on human flourishing and the economic well-being of African countries. The selected students will experience numerous site visits and lectures from business leaders and diplomats in South Africa, Malawi and Ghana. The program begins on May 13 with campus classes for three weeks and from June 3–June 29, students and faculty will participate in the study abroad portion of the trip. As part of the coursework, student teams, with faculty guidance, will develop research projects designed to be presented at the corporate or policy executive level. View the brochure for this year's program (PDF).
Read all about the 2012 study abroad program to China.
Read about the 2011 study abroad program to Latin America.
Read about the 2010 study abroad program to Europe.
Hastert Scholar and Hastert Intern Opportunities
Students interested in theoretical and practical aspects of political economy were invited to apply for the Hastert Scholar and Hastert Intern awards. Internships and research proposals should fit within the mission of the Hastert Center, which seeks to train students in the understanding of market economies, representative democracies, limited government, and the redeeming effects of the Christian worldview on the practice of business, government and politics. For more information on the program, see the brochure (PDF).
| 2013 Hastert Interns and Scholar
| Maddie Allen
|| Gram Vikas - Orissa, India
| Brittany Anderson
|| Senator John Thune, South Dakota - Washington, DC
| Troy de Freitas
|| Samaritan’s Purse - Boone, North Carolina
| Micah Dennis
|| World Relief, Research and Development - Bujumbura, Burundi
| Daniel Fuglestad
|| Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung - Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
| Maria Krump
|| FBI - Washington, DC
| Kent Lindberg
|| American Enterprise Institute - Capitalism - Washington, DC
| Jessica Parsons
|| State Department, U. S. Embassy - Riga, Latvia
| Grace Pyo
|| Heritage Foundation, Asian Studies Center - Washington, DC
| Grace Stauffer
|| Virginia Center for Restorative Justice - Richmond, VA
| Josh Steddom
|| Institute for Global Engagement - Washington, DC
| Daniel Van Schooten
| Emilea Wright
|| The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum Seeker, and Migration Network (GRAMnet) - University of Glasgow, Scotland
| Bayard Pickens
|| Scholar Research, WASTE Initiative, water treatment plan - Wheaton, IL
Hastert Essay Competition
This year’s winner of the Hastert Center Essay Competition is Micah Dennis for his paper, “Legitimacy Lost: How the Muslim Brotherhood Undermined the Legitimacy of the Egyptian Government.” Submissions were judged based on scholarly contribution, clarity, originality, and organization by a panel of faculty readers from the Department of Politics and International Relations and Business and Economics.
The competition is designed to encourage and recognize excellence in academic research writing related to the nexus of economics, government, and public policy. For more information on the program, view the brochure (PDF). Check back in the Fall for 2013-2014 details.
If you have questions about these opportunities please contact Heidi Leffler, Hastert Center Office Coordinator, at 630-752-5975.