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Date: Thursday, September 28 2017

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Darin H. Van Tassell


Dr. Darin H. Van Tassell is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Georgia Southern University. Although he is interested in a variety of topics and subject matters, his major academic interests focus upon the study of world politics, international relations theory, and the relationships between sport and international affairs. He has published on topics ranging from the practice of U.S. foreign policy, contemporary global economic patterns, and the impact of sports on international relations. The second edition of his book, co-authored with Patrick Novotny is titled, "Listening, Looking, Living: Qualitative Research, the Study of Politics, and Understanding the World in Which We Live" is now available in paperback. He received his Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. He also received his M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and was awarded his B.A. in Political Science from Georgia Southern.

He has traveled and lived in Nicaragua, Spain, Costa Rica, China, Taiwan, Estonia, Russia, the former Soviet Union, Japan, Mexico, Israel, the West Bank, Switzerland, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Greece, Aruba, Curacao, Italy, and Albania.

Van Tassell has been honored on numerous occasions for his work with students in the classroom. He was named the 2006 Wells-Warren Professor of the Year at Georgia Southern University. In Fall 2015, he was awarded the University’s “Award in Excellence” for his career in service to the University. In 2004 he was awarded a Governor's Teaching Fellow for the Summer Symposium of the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program, and he was Georgia Southern's nominee for the University System of Georgia's Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. In addition, Van Tassell was named Outstanding Student Mentor in 2003 by the Georgia Southern Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, and he was recognized as the University's Teacher of the Year in 1999 by Alpha Omicron Pi. Van Tassell is the chair of the University's International Studies Curriculum Committee. He also serves on several other University committees, including the Admissions Recruiting Efforts Committee and the Scholars Day Planning Committee. He is also the former President of the International Studies Association –South.

Sponsor of this Program - United Community Bank

United Community Bank, the Bank that SERVICE Built, has locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina.  They offer personal banking, business banking, corporate and commercial banking, and advisory services. The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for UCB's suport.