The Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism 2015:
Michael Barbone and Alexandra Clare Sloss
This year’s recipients
are Michael Barbone and Alexandra Clare Sloss. Michael is combining his major in International
Relations with minors in both Geography and Political Science. His topic concentration for International
Relations is International Security & Diplomacy, and his geographic region
concentration is Europe. He has studied 3 languages -- Italian, French, and
German -- and he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in his first semester at
Syracuse and then at our SU Abroad Center in Strasbourg, France, last year; he
will also participate in our Maymester course in Israel next month. Michael's senior
capstone project entitled “Energy Enigma: Fukushima's Consequences on European
Nuclear Energy” explored national policy responses to the Fukushima Daiichi
power plant disaster.
Alexandra is a double major in Anthropology and
International Relations. For the International Relations major, her topic
concentration is Intercultural Communication and her region concentration is
Africa. A member of the International Relations Learning Community during her
first year at Syracuse, Alexandra opted to study abroad in Strasbourg, France, to
develop her French language proficiency and then in Ghana in West Africa, where
she studied an indigenous language, Twi. While
in Ghana, she conducted field research under the supervision of Professor
Olayemi Tinouye on the impact of international influences on domestic
organizations addressing adolescent pregnancy.
For this project, she worked closely with Amos Okyere, Zonal Director of
the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
She is now expanding her initial field research into her Honors capstone
project on reproductive health issues in Ghana for the major in International
Relations under the supervision of Deborah Pellow, Professor of Anthropology.