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Alumna Gifts to Endow Northwestern's International Center

December 27, 2006 | by Alan K. Cubbage

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A Northwestern University alumna has made a series of significant gifts to endow Northwestern University’s Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern President Henry S. Bienen announced today (Dec. 27).

The gifts have been made by Roberta Buffett Bialek of Carmel, Cal. Ms. Buffett Bialek received a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern in 1954. The gifts will be used to create an endowment that will support the Center’s research and educational programs.

In honor of the gifts from Ms. Buffett Bialek and her significant support of Northwestern, the center will be named The Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies.

“Bertie Buffett Bialek’s vision and concern for world affairs have helped shape international studies at Northwestern,” Bienen said. “We’re grateful for her continuing support of this important University center.”

Founded in 1998, the Center for International and Comparative Studies reaches across the University to promote collaborative scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. With more than 180 faculty members affiliated with it, vibrant working groups and support for graduate research, CICS is a hub of internationally oriented research, education and outreach at Northwestern.

The Center brings visiting scholars to campus from around the world to build Northwestern’s international relationships and provide educational opportunities for Northwestern students. Through summer study abroad programs, student-organized conferences and publications, CICS provides undergraduate students a variety of opportunities to engage in international study and research.

“At a time when understanding the world has never been more important, I am thrilled that Bertie Buffett Bialek’s support will provide new opportunities for Northwestern to expand its role as a leading university in internationally oriented research and education,” said Andrew Wachtel, director of the Center.

Ms. Buffett Bialek has been a generous supporter of CICS over the last several years. Her first gift to the center, made in honor of her 50th reunion, created the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professorship in International Studies, which brings leading international scholars to Northwestern. More recent gifts have supported the research and scholarly activities of the Center.

Ms. Buffett Bialek said, “I’m pleased to be able to support international studies at Northwestern. The opportunities that the Center provides to students and the research that the center directs is important in improving our understanding of the complex situations in our world today.”

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