Jeffrey Ayres recently led a group of students on a study trip to Wales. A press release on the website of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David gave a rich accounting of a recent study trip by a group of Saint Michael's students to that institution. Here are excerpts: "A conference organised at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has provided insights into how the Swansea College of Art is embedding the seven goals of the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generation Act (2015) into its teaching, research and innovation. The conference is part of a Sustainability Summer School for undergraduate students from St. Michael’s College Vermont organised by UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School which specialises in sustainability practice within rural contexts. The relationship with St Michael’s College, Vermont was initiated by Dr Jane Davidson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for sustainability and external engagement and former Welsh Government Environment Minister. This month, 15 students and two staff members from St. Michael’s College visited UWTSD as part of their studies into an aspect of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015) for their project work, which they began studying before travelling to Wales ... Saint Michael’s staff members Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Stroup said: 'This is the third visit in four years and our goal is to deepen the exchange between St Michael’s and UWTSD around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act as there are many synergies between Wales and Vermont ...'" Ayres, who with Stroup led this recent Wales trip, reports that that faculty members from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be visiting him and Laura in Vermont this June 25-28 "to plan what we hope is their first visit with students to Saint Michael's next summer."
Read full release of Wales Academic Study trip: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/news/press-releases/press-2019/swansea-college-of-art-provides-insight-into-creative-making-and-the-sustainability-goals-in-wales-.html
Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and the former dean, this past spring spent a week in Toronto during Spring semester 2019 for the International Studies Association annual meeting where he presented a paper entitled “Theorizing Civil Society Cooperation in the Era of ‘New Regionalisms’ in North America.”
(posted June 2019)
Jeffrey Ayres joined Vermont Public Radio‘s Vermont Edition to talk about the results of the recent provincial election in Quebec and what they mean for Canada. Ayres is a Professor of Political Science at Saint Michael's College and an expert on Canadian politics. The introduction to that show explains: “On October 1, the province of Quebec held the general election for its legislative body - the National Assembly of Quebec. The results were historic - a seven-year-old center-right party that campaigned on limits to immigration won the most seats. That makes it the first time since the 1960s that power hasn't been held by either the Liberals or the Parti Quebecois. There are big implications for the larger Canadian political landscape as well. Broadcast on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. (Posted October 2018)
Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political Science and international relations, and former Dean of the College, has been informed that he will be part of a team of researchers from Canada and the U.S. provided C$290K in funding over the next five years (2018-2023) by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research project—“Transnational Civil Society Linkages in North America”—will study the evolution and character of civil society domestic and transnational linkages between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico since the early 1990s, focusing on three themes: human rights, migration and labor. SSHRC, one of the three major federal funding agencies in Canada, supports post-secondary training and research in the humanities and social sciences. According to the SSHRC website, the Insight program supports and fosters “excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges.” “Within the context of the recent politicization of the North American region by the Trump Administration, which has threatened alternatively to tear up NAFTA, labeled Canada a national security threat, and promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, this grant will support critically an informed analysis of the character of relationships that have developed across the North American region over the past 25 years,” said Jeffrey Ayres. “My colleagues and I hope to develop a better understanding of the nature of cross-border cooperation and conflict in the areas of human rights, migration flows and labor rights, and ideally contribute to thoughtful public debate on the future of the region.” (Posted August 2018)
The Associated Press story on the meeting of the New England and Easter Canadian Premiers by reporter Wilson Ring quoted Jeffrey Ayres of the Saint Michael’s political science/international relations faculty. From the start of that story, picked up by papers and broadcast agencies across the U.S.: “Some of the political leaders from the New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian provinces will meet at a Vermont ski resort to talk about issues facing the region and the two countries while a bitter trade dispute simmers between Washington and Ottawa …. Participants of the 42nd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers will discuss regional issues affecting the adjoining regions in the two countries such as energy, the environment and trade. This year’s meeting comes as the U.S., Canada and Mexico are renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trump administration officials have made snarky comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. ‘This is a fairly unprecedented time,” said Jeffrey Ayres, a political science professor at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He specializes in U.S.-Canadian relations.” Jeff also was quoted in an August 12 report about the meeting by Vermont Public Radio reporter John Dillon. Read VPR story here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/trade-tensions-build-new-england-governors-and-canadian-premiers-stress-regional-ties#stream/0 (Posted August 2018)
Jeffrey Ayres of the Political Science faculty and the former academic Dean, shared this week that he has accepted a request to serve for a three-year term on the Fulbright U.S. Student Screening Committee. The Institute of International Education (IIE) annually conducts scholarship competitions for U.S. graduate students wishing to pursue study, research or professional training abroad under the Fulbright-Hays Program sponsored by the United States Department of State and for other awards offered by foreign governments, universities and private donors. To assist in the selection of candidates, the Institute convenes this National Screening Committee (NSC) that Jeff will serve, comprising area specialists and authorities in various fields to review applications and nominate candidates to the award sponsors. Jeff's concentration will be surrounding proposed graduate studies connected to Canada, since that nation is the main focus of his scholarship. (Posted July 2018)
Five Saint Michael's College students learned in December that they have been awarded scholarships from the Freeman Foundation to participate in two-month professional internships in their specific fields of study in Hong Kong from June 17 to August 11, 2018. Jeffrey Ayres, former Dean and Professor of Political Science, is the faculty point person overseeing these internships and will be traveling to Hong Kong during the internship period to meet with students and help them network with alumni in the area. “We anticipate applying for another Freeman Foundation international internship grant to support ideally an expanded number of Saint Michael’s students participating in international internships in summer 2019,” Ayres said. “It is a real honor for Saint Michael’s to have been chosen as one of a small number of colleges and universities across the country to receive funding from the Freeman Foundation to support international internships for students in Asia.” The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The goal of the program is to increase the number of U.S. citizens with professional experience in and an understanding of Asia, its people, and its cultures. Recipients of the award are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities upon returning in the fall in order to fulfill the program’s goal of encouraging other students to study abroad in Asian countries and increase our overall understanding of Asian cultures. For more on Ayres visit with Saint Michael’s students in Hong Kong, see: https://www.smcvt.edu/news/2018/august/hong-kong-internships-demanding-but-worth-it.aspx (Posted April 2018)
For the second consecutive year, Jeffrey Ayres continues to direct the Saint Michael's Global Citizenship International Internship Program. Ayres, a Political Science Professor and former Dean of the College, is overseeing the summer 2019 program, in which eleven Saint Michael's students are participating in professional internships in business, educational, medical and other non-profit settings in Hong Kong, China. Lasting a total of eight weeks, the internship program is generously funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation, which supports intercultural understanding between the United States and Asia. The 11 students will serve in internships throughout the work week, participate in local cultural, historical and recreational activities sponsored by the Academic Internship Council Hong Kong representatives, and complete weekly assignments as part of an online course taught by Professor Ayres, which complements the internship experience, and for which they will be receiving Saint Michael's academic credit."