Author: Steven Barcus

Background in Southeast Asia provides alum with base for career in international security and counter terrorism

Two months spent learning Thai through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute laid the foundation for a UW–Madison alumnus’ decade long career countering terrorism finance and other national security concerns in the South and Southeast Asia. Continue reading

Language summit draws reps from business, education, healthcare, and government

If 10 years ago you had asked Mark Tyler, president of OEM Fabricators, what cultural knowledge and language skills his company would need to expand onto a global market, he probably would have laughed.

“We are located in Woodville, Wisconsin, which had just over 1,000 people,” Tyler said. “At the time I wouldn’t have seen our business expanding beyond Wisconsin, much less around the world. Continue reading

Award-winning international journalists to attend February conference in Madison

A group of award-winning journalists will visit Madison in February to attend a University of Wisconsin-Madison conference on ethics in human rights reporting.

The conference, titled “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting,” addresses themes of international press freedom, representation of sources, safety in the field, and cultural difference. It is scheduled for Feb. 9-10, 2018. Continue reading

Awards poise students for “life-changing experiences” abroad

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith received the Great People-International Studies Scholarship at the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony.

“If you go into an experience knowing a lot, you will return knowing even more.”

School of Education Dean Diana Hess offered these words of advice to during  the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony. Members of the university community, along with family members and donors, gathered in the Gordon Dining and Event Center on December 5 to celebrate the latest cohort of students receiving awards to study, intern, and research abroad.

Hess remarked that even though the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a top university for students participating in study abroad programs and other international experiences, it is still rare for students to travel outside of the United States. She called the programs “incredible privileges” and encouraged students to take full advantage of their experiences and allow others to learn through them once they return.

Associate Dean Richard Keller delivered remarks on behalf of the International Division. Keller offered words of congratulations to the students on what he was sure would be “life-changing experiences.” He also noted that many of the programs were only possible through the outstanding generosity of donors, who provided funds to support many of the awards. Continue reading

UW-Madison ranked #1 for semester study abroad participation

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been ranked as #1 for semester-long study abroad participation among all U.S. public institutions, and #14 among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, up two positions from the previous year, according to the Open Doors Report. Continue reading