On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over dedication ceremonies for the Global and International Studies Building, home to the School of Global and International Studies and several internationally-focused departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and Overseas Study. An overflow crowd attended the event in the building’s auditorium.
The full video of the building dedication ceremony is available here.
“Our goal is to create a truly global research and educational environment where specialists in one part of the world might work side by side with scholars focusing on another part of the world, exploring common problems from diverse perspectives.”
Michael A. McRobbie, President of Indiana University
“This building is not only a tribute to the incredible transformation of Indiana University during the 20th century. It is also a symbol of our commitment to being a force for extraordinary good during the 21st.”
Lauren Robel, Provost of Indiana University Bloomington and Executive Vice President of Indiana University
“The wall of stones connects our state’s limestone tradition to the world. It is a monument also to the Indiana way; the pragmatic heartland conviction that the United States is more secure and more prosperous, and the world is a better place with American leadership and engagement.”
Lee Feinstein, Dean of the School of Global and International Studies
“Walking the halls, our students can travel through southern Africa to Russia to Brazil to China, from Afghanistan to India, and to nearly all the places in between. Thus, no matter where you are or where you have come from, you are home in GISB.”
Larry D. Singell, Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
“Each time I enter this building, I am struck by how light attaches itself to the stone wall in the atrium, by the sensation of floating in air when I am on the third-floor walkway, and by the sublime sense of calm induced by the view of the arboretum from the classrooms.”
Purnima Bose, English and International Studies Professor
“I walk down the hallway and at any moment there are ten different languages being spoken and written on dry erase boards as students use their language training to supplement and nuance cultural factors to appropriately craft policy recommendations.”
Anna Williams, Graduate Student at the School of Global and International Studies and Indiana University Trustee