International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. The International Education Week celebration at UW-Madison is led by The International Division.
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Those who knew Scott Kloeck-Jenson appreciate his firm commitment to international understanding and research that serves social justice concerns around the globe.
After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Kloeck-Jenson joined the Peace Corps, spent two years in Lesotho (where his met his wife Barbara), and then came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for his graduate work in political science.
His doctoral research on rural poverty, supported by prestigious Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships, took him to Mozambique, where he also served as the project director for UW-Madison’s Land Tenure Center.
But before he could return to Madison to complete his dissertation, Kloeck-Jenson, along with his wife and two children, Zoe and Noah, died in a car accident in South Africa on June 23, 1999.
Ken Jenson, Kloeck-Jenson’s father, recalled a comment from one grief-stricken friend: “Who’s going to continue Scott’s work?”
Fast forward to 2015: Standing before a gathering of scholars at UW-Madison, Jenson responded to that question: “You are continuing Scott’s work.”
The 2015 class of Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) was introduced and welcomed at a ceremony and reception on October 20 at the University Club.
The Wisconsin International Scholars Program is an undergraduate honors enrichment program for students interested in global affairs, cultures, and languages, sponsored by The International Division with the support of International Academic Programs.
The goal of the WISc program is to build global competence and citizenship for undergraduates from a variety of disciplines and majors.
Approximately 15 incoming students are accepted into the program each year.
Authors of children’s and young adult literature will be honored for excellence in creating books that skillfully and artistically portray South Asia or South Asians abroad at the 2015 South Asia Book Award (SABA) Ceremony, sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach consortium.
The ceremony will be held Friday October 23, at 7 p.m. at the Madison Concourse Hotel, in conjunction with the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia.
This year’s featured SABA recipients are Tanuja Desai Hidier and Paula Yoo. The 2015 Honor Authors are Vivek Shraya and Padma Venkatraman.
On Saturday, October 24, from 9 to 11 a.m., the SABA recipients will be featured at a roundtable discussion, followed by a book-signing. The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Assembly Room on the first floor of the Madison Concourse Hotel.
Also, the authors will visit schools in and around Madison during the week of the ceremony.
Tanuja Desai Hidier will give a presentation in 22 Ingraham Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Wednesday, October 21, and visit Sun Prairie High School on Thursday, October 22. Paula Yoo will visit Eagle Elementary School, Vivek Shraya will visit East High School, and Padma Venkatraman will visit Wright Middle School, all on Friday, October 23.
For more information, go to the SABA website: http://southasiabookaward.org or contact Rachel Weiss of the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison at (608) 262-9224.
The International Division at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has put together two sessions for the upcoming Wisconsin Science Festival to showcase UW-Madison’s expertise on some of the most pressing global issues.
Global Wisconsin Idea, Thursday, October 22, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.: Seven scientists, with expertise ranging from geography to genetics, will share their groundbreaking work in five-minute flash talks covering topics from the origins of human life to the 2022 World Cup.
Presenters: John Hawks, anthropology; Lori DiPrete Brown, Global Health Institute; Annemarie Schneider, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; Samer Alatout, community and environmental sociology; Hussain Bahia and Paul Block, civil and environmental engineering; and Jerry Yin, genetics, and director, Wisconsin China Initiative.
This session will be moderated by Richard Keller, associate dean, The International Division
Ebola in Context, Saturday, October 24, from 3 to 4:45 p.m.: A group of world-renowned experts will revisit the recent Ebola crisis and discuss developing strategies to confront future global health emergencies. Presenters include virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, research fellow Alhaji N’jai, and historian of science Gregg Mitman, who will present excerpts from his gripping short documentary In the Shadow of Ebola.
Both sessions will be held in the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison.