Classes and collaboration began this semester in the new Oechsle Center for Global Education, on South College Drive below Pardee Hall, across from the Simon Center.
The three-story building houses the international affairs and Africana studies programs as well as the anthropology and sociology department.
A global studio on the first floor features a movable glass wall to connect with the lobby space, as well as furniture and connectivity for group work and to support mobile technology. The combined first-floor spaces provide capacity for up to 125 people.
The conference room supports videoconferencing with a large 70-inch display. A 60-seat lecture hall offers dual screens, projectors, and whiteboards. Each classroom is provided with a smart podium with a computer, DVD player, and document camera.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is supporting a series of visiting scholars to inaugurate the Center. The first will be Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Deborah Horan, a journalist, March 22 to 28. She spent more than a decade covering the Middle East for the Houston Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune.