For the second summer in a row, HPU invited hundreds of
talented 12- to 16- year-olds from all over the country to
live on the Hawai‘i Loa campus as part of the Johns Hopkins
Center for Talented Youth residential program. CTY asked Dr.
Carlos Juárez, associate professor of political science
and acting dean of HPU’s College of International Studies,
to return for his second year to teach a class on geopolitics.
It’s a combination of lectures, group activities, seminars,
discussions, and field trips,” said Juárez.
He added that he had designed the course to encourage critical
thinking about contemporary world politics and the challenges
of managing security in a changing world.
We’re looking at conflict and peacemaking, and how policy
makers have to make decisions about these issues,” said
Others classes included cryptology, oceanography, logic,
and essay writing. “ “CTY brings together all these people
from different places,” said Juárez. “They’re
fast learners, and they just devour anything you give them.”
The small-class settings of five to 18 students helped the
students to get the one-on-one attention “They really thrive in
this environment,” said Juárez. “These kids
are very open-minded, and they come to learn.”