From our inception, the Center for the Study of Global Change has both embraced and embodied change. Here are a few landmarks.
December 1989Indiana University establishes the forerunner of the Center for the Study of Global Change, with a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a long-term commitment from IU. Known as the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, the center’s founding director is John P. Lovell, a professor of political science.
October 1990Oscar Arias Sánchez, former president of Costa Rica, formally dedicates the new center. Focused on creating an interdisciplinary community of young scholars to study and research critical issues of change and peace at the global level, the Center identifies and supports graduate students with annual stipends. It offers a variety of programs, workshops, and classes.
1994Jack W. Hopkins, a professor at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Adminstration, becomes the new director.
1996N. Brian Winchester becomes director. The Center acquires its current name. The new name represents the Center’s broader global focus rooted in the deepening internationalization of Indiana University and the world beyond.
2011Hilary E. Kahn becomes the CGC’s new director. The center builds on its excellent record of promoting the internationalization of teaching and learning, puts a greater emphasis on global research and scholarship, and engages in innovative partnerships and networks that greatly expand its reach.
2012The Global Center becomes part of the new School of Global and International Studies.