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Teaching Tomorrow's Aid Workers

Peter Van Arsdale is helping tomorrow's humanitarians bridge the gap between classroom theory and realities of international crisis work. Van Arsdale embodies the spirit of the newly renamed Josef Korbel School of International Studies: teaching students how to use their idealism and enthusiasm to solve global problems.

Most of Van ArsdaleĀ’s students, who are in the school's Humanitarian Assistance Program, plan on careers providing food, shelter, medical care and other types of aid to people in need around the world.

"Getting their hands dirty and their toes in the mud is really what drives a lot of students to join our program," Van Arsdale says. So he uses a combination of theory, real-world practice, and his own international experience to teach them what to expect when they do.

Watch Peter Van Arsdale in the classroom, and hear from his students:

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About the Josef Korbel School

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies has been training students for leadership in government, business and non-profit organizations for more than 40 years.

Formerly called the Graduate School of International Studies, the school was renamed on May 28, 2008. The new name honors Josef Korbel, the former Czechoslovakian diplomat, scholar and teacher who founded the school in 1964. Korbel may be best known as mentor of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and father of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.


Published on May 28, 2008