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January 2008

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St. Kate’s in the World: Global Studies

Catherine Christians Spaeth, Ph.D.

St. Kate's Connection
Director, Office of Global Studies

Most Notable Accomplishment
Bicycling around Europe, earning a doctorate, raising three sons with my husband of 23 years and being hired to direct the St. Kate's global studies program.

Thoughts on Global Studies
Now that globalization is upon us, studying and traveling abroad are more important than ever. While studying abroad can be incredibly eye opening and mind expanding (and fun), it also forms our values and beliefs about other cultures and other people. Studying abroad does on an individual level what hordes of diplomatic corps do on a governmental level: build relationships between people and countries. Only we do it one person at a time. I'm so pleased to be working in a field that not only gives people incredible experiences but also helps shape the future of the world in a positive way.

Favorite Activities
Baking, bicycling, reading the classics

Favorite St. Kate's Memory
I've been here a short time, but my best memory so far is hearing the history of Sister Antonia building a "cathedral" rather then the small chapel she was given permission to build. I love that chutzpah at St. Kate's!

Catherine Christians Spaeth, Ph.D.

Catherine Christians Spaeth, Ph.D.

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