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Finalists announced for vice provost/dean of international studies

The next leader of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of International Studies will be chosen from among two UW-Madison faculty members and one from the University of Iowa.

“This is an exciting time for the Division of International Studies, one in which we anticipate finding new ways of strengthening the university’s global engagement,” says Provost Paul DeLuca. “I look forward to hearing each finalist’s approach to addressing these opportunities.”

The three finalists for the position of vice provost and dean of international studies are Guido Podestá and Bradford Barham from UW–Madison and Downing Thomas from the University of Iowa.

Read the full announcement from University Communications

Read more about the position, finalists’ CVs

DiPrete Brown revisits personal journey through novel

Lori DiPrete Brown has traveled professional pathways that have taken her to countries around the world, as a global public health educator, researcher, and author of policies and guidebooks, working with international agencies and educational institutions.

Lori DiPrete Brown

Lori DiPrete Brown

Her journey is deeply rooted in an intensely personal odyssey that DiPrete Brown took three decades ago – an experience that continues to serve as the underpinning for her work. Recently, she found a powerful means to share that formative chapter of her life.

DiPrete Brown, who leads global health education programs for the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, served in 1983-85 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, working in a home for orphaned and abandoned teenage girls. The experiences of accompanying some of the girls to obtain documentation from their places of birth and to search for their birth mothers inspired her to write a novel, Caminata: A Journey (Global Reflections Press, 2013).

DiPrete Brown will read from Caminata: A Journey and sign copies of the book on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m., at A Room of One’s Own, 315 W. Gorham St., Madison. The event is sponsored by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin–Madison, UW–Madison Global Health Institute and Division of International Studies.

She recently talked about her Peace Corps experience and her book in an interview.