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OU Students Participate in Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program

OU Students Participate in Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program

Eight students from colleges and universities across Oklahoma participated in the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program seminar, “Anti-Americanism: Impact and Policy Implications."

The event took place March 5-9 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. The class was lead by Monti Datta, professor of political science at the University of Richmond.

During the course, participants examined “anti-Americanism” in both domestic and foreign capacities to understand the uncertainty surrounding the motives of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Students also examined data from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project on how foreign publics feel about the United States from 2001 to the present. The class also took a look at domestic anti-Americanism, with an eye toward the roots of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 in addition to other local movements.

Monti Datta earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Davis. He has studied English Literature in college at University of California at Berkeley, taught English in Japan and South Korea for three years, and earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown University.

Professor Datta currently serves as associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond, where he teaches classes on international relations, global governance, anti-Americanism and world opinion, human rights and modern day slavery.

Small groups of students selected from Oklahoma’s four-year colleges and universities have the opportunity to study with distinguished visiting scholars during the intensive seminars presented by the state-funded OSLEP program. Additionally, participants can earn college credit for each seminar they complete successfully. Most of the visiting scholars present a free public lecture, open to the community.