4 UW-Madison students receive Gilman Scholarships for fall 2014 study abroad

Four students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison are among more than 800 American undergraduates from 330 U.S. colleges and universities awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Each Gilman Scholar receives up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad program costs.  The program aims to diversify the population of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are eligible.

“Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience,” says Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee. “It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

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Workshop on children’s and young adult literature to focus on Muslim Journeys

[NOTE: The date of this program and registration deadline have been changed from the initial posting]

A special workshop on August 16 will provide educators, librarians, students and other interested in literature for children and young adults an opportunity to learn about Muslims around the world through presentations on literature, media, history and social organizations.

The 2014 International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Celebration: Muslim Journeys – sponsored by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) – will feature presentations by award-winning authors Ali Alalou, Rukhsana Khan and Naheed H. Senzai, and peace journalist Saideh Jamshidi. Other presenters will offer insights and teaching resources on the topic.

The workshop will be held Saturday, August 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street. The event will conclude with a book signing and reception.

Registration is $65, $35 for students, and includes the full-day workshop, choice of book by one of the featured authors (see registration page), continental breakfast, poster, and lunch with the authors. The deadline to register is August 6.

To learn more about the featured authors and to register, go to http://wioc.wisc.edu/events/childlit/index.html.

Questions? Contact Rachel Weiss, WIOC co-chair, at 608.262.9224 or rweiss@southasia.wisc.edu.

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