U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle meets with master of global affairs students

September 5, 2017 — U.S. Congressional Representative Brendan Boyle recently met with master of global affairs students and later engaged with them on various topics in their global policy seminar.

Within the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Boyle serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community. At the Keough School, Boyle was the first of nearly 20 invited guests — policymakers and leaders in various fields — who will meet with students in the weekly policy seminar.

Sofía del Valle (Chile) and Parusha Naidoo (South Africa) met with Congressman Boyle in preparation for his introduction to the class.

Master of global affairs student Patrick Calderon (Canada) introduced Congressman Boyle. Each week, small groups of MGA students are assigned to introduce the invited seminar speaker.

“Ever since 9/11, we’ve been in an era of combating global terrorism,” said Boyle, citing tensions in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS and Boko Haram as examples. “The world is far more complex than that faced by previous generations — not more difficult, but more complex.”

Students questioned Congressman Boyle on issues including cybersecurity, human rights, public education, sanctions, social justice, and climate change. In the above photo, Nnadozie Onyekuru (Nigeria) asks him about cultural exchange visas.

To learn more about the Keough School’s new master of global affairs program visit http://keough.nd.edu/master-of-global-affairs. Applications are due December 15, 2017.

— Renée LaReau