Martha Buell, professor of human development and family studies, and Barret Michalec, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, have been selected as 2014 Salzburg Global Fellows.

Salzburg Global Fellows

Three UD faculty members selected for prestigious international forum

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10:25 a.m., May 7, 2014--Participating in the 2014 Salzburg Global Seminar has had “a profound effect” on Martha Buell, a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware. The mission of the Austria-based international forum is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern.

Buell, who directs the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), attended the Salzburg seminar “Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation” this past March.

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Buell explains that from its inception, early childhood care and education has relied on philanthropy, from the late 19th century with Jane Addams and Hull House to the current push by Nobel Laureate James Heckman to encourage businesses to invest in early education to build the economy.

“What I was able to learn about philanthropy’s many forms, functions and challenges will help me not only in my teaching and research, but also in discussing issues of policy, finance and society,” Buell says.

Buell is one of three UD faculty members selected as 2014 Salzburg Fellows, joining leaders from around the globe in seminars and discussions at the Schloss Leopodskron, a rococo palace that is now a national historic monument in Austria.

Founded in 1947 by three young visionaries from Harvard University as an international forum for those seeking a better future for Europe and the world after World War II, the Salzburg Global Seminar is designed to inspire new alliances, promote global dialogue, and create new professional networks and policy recommendations, as well as innovative global curricula.

Harvey Price, associate professor of music, participated in the seminar “Conflict Transformation Through Culture: Peace Building and the Arts” in April. For the past two years, Price has been working to develop an Arab/Jewish youth steel band in northern Israel through the Wilmington-based group Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace.

In October 2013, Price traveled to Israel with enough steel drums for a 10-piece band and is raising funds to purchase more instruments.

“The Salzburg Fellow experience is unparalleled in connecting with individuals whose interests and passions are the same as yours,” Price says. “To know that there are these people all over the world working for the same goals is inspiring.”

Barret Michalec, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, will attend “Realizing the Right to Health: Managing Demand for Health Services Under a Rights-Based Approach” in November. 

Michalec, who directs the health and health services concentration in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, says that attending the seminar will not only expand his knowledge of national health policies and countries’ approaches to reforms such as universal coverage, but also provide a “valuable push” to explore health policy and care delivery on a global scale. 

“Attending this seminar will provide me the knowledge to serve as a conduit of innovation and fresh perspective as UD continues to grow in our approaches to issues related to global health,” Michalec says.

For more information, visit the Salzburg Global Seminar page on the Institute for Global Studies website. 

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