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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Christiaan Orest Bedrij-Arpa
Thesis Title: An Analysis of Pre-Industrial Applications of Power Transition Theory
Thesis Department: Political Science
Student Major: Political Science, Economics
Student Minor: History, Classics
Favorite Rutgers Moment: My favorite Rutgers moments have all come in class, specifically in several classes I attended where a portion of time was always put aside to discuss current events. It would be impossible to narrow them down to one favorite moment, but some that were particularly interesting were the class discussions immediately after Britain triggered article 50 to leave the EU, the fall of Mosul to anti-Isis forces, and innumerable U.S centric issues such as the election of Trump, or the supreme court nominations. All of these events preceded incredible class discussions, and they were by far my favorite moments at Rutgers.
Hometown: Little Silver, NJ
Dream/Goal: I wish to pursue a career in International relations, in order to make a positive impact upon the state of our global society.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: It is a special honor to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially considering the centennial year of his graduation. I am very proud of the thesis I produced, and successfully completing it meant the world to me. I was elated when I was informed, and it is something I will be proud of and carry with me for the rest of my life.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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