International Studies Consortium of Georgia

Since 2019, the South Asia Institute (along with the Middle East Institute) has collaborated with the International Studies Consortium of Georgia to offer online workshops designed for college instructors in all disciplines to assist them in incorporating international studies into their curricula.

Established in 1993, the Consortium consists of 19 diverse small and medium size universities and Colleges with a combined student population of 150,000 (see below).  Reinhardt University, a residential campus founded in 1883 and grounded in liberal arts, is the lead institution of the consortium and is located 45 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. It is a comprehensive residential school, offers graduate and undergraduate programs of study for students from 25 states and 32 countries.

The main objective of the Consortium is to provide domestic and overseas professional and curriculum development opportunities to faculty members (and students) at member and participating schools, to introduce global and area studies competency skills to adapt and succeed in a dynamic and highly interdependent global economy. The activities sponsored by the organization extends through the range of global and international education including participant training, faculty exchange, and academic course work both in Georgia and overseas. Our ultimate goal is to integrate global and international perspectives into the undergraduate general education curriculum and help students to acquire global competency skills to adapt and succeed in a dynamic and highlyinterdependent global economy.

Consortium Universities and Colleges

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton 

Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi*

Andrew College, Tifton, Georgia

Albany State University, Albany*

Clayton State University, Morrow*

Columbus State University, Columbus

Dalton State College, Dalton*

Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida*

Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley*

Georgia Highlands College, Rome

Gordon State College, Barnesville

Houston Community College, Houston, Texas*

Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Middle Georgia State University, Macon

Northwood University, Midland, Michigan

Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia

South Georgia State College, Douglas

Tennessee State University, Nashville*

University of North Georgia, Dahlonega

* MSI Designation as HBCU, Primarily Black Institution, or Hispanic Serving Institution.

Recent ISCG-SAI Workshops:

July 2023: "The Global Water Crisis: United States, India, Africa, and the Middle East.   Speakers included Prof. Upmanu Lall from the Columbia Climate and Engineering Schools, Prof. Naresh Devineni, City College, CUNY; Prof. Alessandra Giannini,  L‘Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, and  Prof. Neda Zawahri, Cleveland State University.

November 2022: “The Arts of Performance, Music, and Dance in India.” The program featured talks on Indian theatre and dance traditions by Profs. Uttara Coorlawala and Shayoni Mitra of Barnard College, on costume and dress by Prof. Deepsikha Chatterjee, Hunter College, and on music and performance, Sahasra Samabamoorthi, Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Navatman Dance Company, New York,

November 2021:  Towards a Better Understanding of India Society and Culture” with speakers.  The program featured talks on “Caste and Tribe in India, by Sumit Guha (University at Texas at Austin); “Politics and Government” by Philip Oldenburg, (Columbia University); on “Epic India: EPIC INDIA: Ramayana and Mahabharata” by Audrey Truschke, Rutgers University at Austin); and Anne Feldaus (Arizona State University at Tempe), on “Religious Pilgrimages and Festivals.”

February 2021:  “India and its Role in the New Global Order,” featuring Dr. Sumit Ganguly, Rabindranath Tagore Professor, Political Science – Distinguished Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, on “India at the Time of Independence”; Dr. S. Akbar Zaidi, (formerly) Professor, Columbia University, on “The Why and What of Liberatization”; Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, on “Rising Global Powers:  India, China, and the U.S.”; and Mr. Vivek Wadhwa, Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School’s Labor and Work life Program onn “The Impact of Indian Americans in the U.S. Today.”