Explore program's history and share your own memories using interactive timeline Twitter
By Katie Neitz
From its inception in 1959, Lafayette’s international affairs (IA) major has provided students with opportunities to develop intellectual and practical skills to enable them to engage in a continually changing world.
IA has offered many educational events and activities—including study abroad trips, lectures, expert symposiums—to enrich its curricular programming. Recently it has become the fourth-largest major at the College.
Now you can explore the program’s entire history—and add your own memories, too.
IA is commemorating its 60th anniversary with an innovative digital timeline. It provides an illustrated overview of key moments and events that have shaped the program and student experiences.
“We scoured Lafayette College’s archives, the student newspaper, annual reports, and other sources to tell the stories of our students, faculty, and events over the years,” says Angelika von Wahl, associate professor and chair of international affairs.
The timeline, which was started by IA major Daniel Gonzalez ’20 and researched and populated with stories by Nicole DiRado, administrative coordinator, enables users to explore by decade or select specific areas of content, such as faculty, lectures or student activities.
The ultimate goal is for alumni, faculty, and staff to contribute their own memories and photographs to the timeline so that it reflects the greater Lafayette community’s experiences within IA.
IA is also hosting renowned speakers throughout the year as part of the 60th-anniversary celebration.
Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was invited to kick off IA’s anniversary. She spoke on campus in October about the global economy and Liberia through the Class of 1961 International Speaker Series. Sirleaf served as the 24th president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018 and was the first elected female head of state in Africa. In April, Kris Manjapra, professor of history at Tufts University, spoke as The Robert ’69 and Margaret Pastor Lecturer about the issue of reparations and slavery.
In October, IA will welcome journalist Fareed Zakaria, who hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author.