Make The Connection

Theory-to-Practice Grant, ‘Dubai: Globalization and Geography’

January 16, 2014 – by Katie Nunner '15

Iftekhar Showpnil ’13 (left), John Bieniek ’14, and Addison Miller ’14.

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Supported by an Ohio Wesleyan-funded Theory-to-Practice Grant, students Iftekhar Showpnil ’13, John Bieniek ’14, and Addison Miller ’14 traveled to United Arab Emirates, where they used Dubai as a case study of globalization. The trio examined how economic, political, and cultural globalization have impacted the development of the city. (Photo courtesy of Addison Miller ’14)

Iftekhar Showpnil ’13 (left), John Bieniek ’14, and Addison Miller ’14.

Name: Addison Miller ’14
Major/Minor: International Studies and Geography
Hometown: Ashville, Ohio
Experience: Theory-to-Practice Grant, November 2012: “Dubai: Globalization and Geography” Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“I had quite a bit of knowledge about Dubai before the trip, but once I went, I saw the city a different way. Assumptions that I had were challenged, and I changed the way I thought about Dubai. I saw the way migrant workers lived, and how the city was built on their backs, but they are actively barred from experiencing it in the same ways as Western Expats or Emiratis.

I’m continuing this research and am using it in my senior honor’s thesis for the geography department.”

Accompanying Miller on the trip were John Bieniek ’14 of Martinsburg, W.V., who is studying International Studies and History, and Iftekhar Showpnil ’13 of Dhaka, Bangladesh, who majored in biochemistry.