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Entries for August 2018


Farewell to our friend, Dana Larsen

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that former ISA Director of Operations, Dana Larsen, passed away on May 30, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona after a courageous 12-year battle with Lymphoma. We are honored that Dana chose to share more than 20 years of his humor, passion and generosity with us and find that the world is a little brighter for him having joined us in it. We say goodbye to our friend and share our deepest condolences to all his family and friends.



A Few Spots Left for ISA West "Pay it Forward" Participants

ISA West-Pay It Forward still has a few open spots. If you are on the ISA West Program and are a female-identifying graduate student or junior faculty who would like mentoring and additional support, consider applying for Pay it Forward. Pay it Forward-West will pair you with established female-identifying scholars that can provide mentoring and insight from their experiences working in the field of international studies. The program is intended to create enduring connections among West members that benefit both mentors and mentees, professionally and personally. This year's programming will consist of two components: 
  1. A Pay it Forward mentoring lunch provided free to program participants only. The lunch will take place during the Friday lunch break. 
  2. A Pay it Forward Mentoring Cafe roundtable open to all conference attendees. 

Senior  scholars will share mentoring advice and experiences and engage in a Q&A session with audience members. The roundtable takes place during the Saturday morning session (8:30-10:15). To apply, female-identifying advanced graduate students and early career faculty should submit a current resume to the ISA West Program Chair, Amy Skonieczny at ( We also ask that applicants describe (on a ten-point scale, 1 being none and 10 being excellent) their existing support system (at your current institution or otherwise). Finally, mention whether you have previously participated in the ISA PiF program.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 31st, 2018. Preference is given to individuals already registered and on the program, to those from the West region and to those who have not been selected for ISA PiF in the past, though others may apply. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any  additional funding. Mentors have already been selected.



Register for ISA West by Monday Aug. 13th

We want to remind you that the registration deadline to remain on the ISA West program is fast approaching: Monday, August 13th. Registration entitles you to full conference participation including attending any and all panels and Friday evening's keynote address. Please also remember to register for Saturday's luncheon.

We also want to remind you to make your hotel reservations ASAP, if you have not done so already. The room block at the Westin is already full on Saturday night. There are still rooms available for Thursday and Friday night.  The overflow hotel is the Residence Inn -Marriott (0.5 miles from Westin). The rooms are $204 per night. The rate will be in effect until August 24th so reserve soon. Call to book.

We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena!



ISA Nominating Committee Report 2019

After careful deliberation, the ISA Nominating Committee presents the following nominations that are advanced by the committee. All decisions were reached by consensus. Our rankings, individually and collectively, took into consideration the criteria of academic excellence, previous service to the ISA and diversity.



ISA-South Ashland 2018 Program Announced

We are delighted to inform you that the preliminary program for the ISA-South 2018 conference, to be held in Ashland, Virginia, USA (October 12th - 13th, 2018), has been announced. We look forward to seeing you in Ashland in October!


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