The fall 2022 issue of Centerpiece highlights the Center's recent activities, including program updates, feature articles, new books, and more. The Center's acting director, Erez Manela, shares updates for the WCFIA in the Message from the Director column. Four of our Undergraduate Associates detail their summer travel experiences abroad doing thesis research in our annual Dispatches feature. Graduate Student Associate Gbemisola Abiola writes our second feature article on internally displaced people in Borno, Nigeria, who have fled their homes in the wake of violence from Boko Haram. The Weatherhead Scholars Program update shares details on the plethora of fall activities cluster affiliates have enjoyed. We announce the newly awarded Kenneth I. Juster Fellows in our Student Programs update. Finally, we mourn the loss of Henry Rosovsky, a beloved and longtime Harvard professor, former dean, former president, and founder of The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
Download: Fall 2022, Volume 37 Number 1 [ PDF: 1.1 MB ]
Message from the Director
by Erez Manela
This fall, I was honored to step into the role of acting director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs as our director, Melani Cammett, takes a well-earned sabbatical. I welcome the opportunity to work more closely with our amazing staff, especially at a time when the Center, like the University at large, has returned to something like normal life for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the world continues to face many challenges and we at the Center remain committed as ever to the production and dissemination of knowledge that can help us better meet them...
Finding Home after Boko Haram's Terror
by Gbemisola Abiola
When you flee terror, you do not run in a straight line. The decisions you make under this condition are not informed by months of strategy or planning—rather, you feel the rush of your breath as it pierces through your chest, rushing down your limbs, and giving strength to your feet. You flee what is definitely certain death, or a much worse fate: forced abduction. This terrifying thought pushes you to keep on moving, and to keep on living...
Every spring, a select group of Harvard College students receive travel grants from the Weatherhead Center to support their thesis field research on topics related to international affairs. We selected seventeen exceptional undergraduates whose research we will support financially as well as in other ways, from helping revise research methods to planning projects that don’t require travel...
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