Michael Cullinane, associate director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and faculty associate in the Department of History, was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies. Continue reading
Late last semester, UW–Madison professor Adam L. Kern sent an urgent, cryptic email to four of his students.
He summoned them to his office early the next morning, promising something “potentially extremely interesting and important, if not possibly life-changing.”
“If you already have plans, please reschedule them,” he wrote. “And I would please ask that you not tell anyone about this, at least not for the time being!”
Jeff Chiqui, a freshman from Chicago, opened the email and thought: “I’m in big trouble.”
He wasn’t. Kern, a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, had been chosen for an extensive profile on a popular prime-time television program in Japan. The show’s producers wanted Kern to pick four students to accompany him on a free, week-long trip to Japan.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked first among large schools on the Peace Corps 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 87 Badgers currently volunteering worldwide. Continue reading
This summer, as many as 20 students from across Dane County will be exploring Korean language and culture through the UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy. The STARTALK program, an initiative of the National Security Agency and National Foreign Language Center, seeks to increase the number of critical-need foreign language speakers through creative and engaging experiences. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016–2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students. Continue reading
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will again host 25 of Africa’s emerging leaders in in June for a six-week public management academic and leadership institute, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Continue reading
Maj Fischer has been appointed as interim director of external relations, effective March 1, 2017. The move comes as current director of external relations, Cynthia Williams, assumes a new post in Washington, D.C. as International Policy and Program Development Officer.
As interim director of external relations, Maj will manage university agreements and memoranda of understanding with institutions abroad. In addition, she will coordinate key visitors and delegations on campus and lead the external relations team. Maj will retain her roles as director of UW–Madison’s Peace Corps Office, the Scan|Design Foundation Fellowship Program, and as committee chair of International Education Week.
“I am very pleased that Maj has agreed to serve as interim director of external relations,” said Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of the International Division. “IIP and Peace Corps have both seen growth and new milestones through Maj’s efforts. I have no doubt her extensive experience and strong history with various international programs at UW–Madison and abroad will help her to succeed in this role.”
Maj has served as the director of UW–Madison’s International Internship Program since 2010. Previously, she worked as associate director for the Peace Corps in Fiji from 2003–2005, re-opening the program after its five-year hiatus. After Fiji, she moved half way around the world to Copenhagen, Denmark, to work for DIS as Director of Academics before returning to UW–Madison. In addition, she has served as associate director of International Academic Programs (IAP).
Michelle Kern Hall will serve as interim director of the International Internship Program (IIP), while Maj fields this new position.
Michelle has been the assistant director of IIP since December 2011. In that time she developed the IIP website and database while expanding internship opportunities and student services for the program. Prior to joining IIP she worked at MIT as the MIT-Japan program manager, coordinating student internships and research in Japan.
Professor emeritus Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa, died peacefully in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Continue reading
Throughout its history, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been fortunate to draw together students, faculty and staff from many different countries, religions and backgrounds. This diversity is a source of strength and innovation and it enhances our research, teaching and outreach. It also drives the Wisconsin Idea through the ideals of sharing knowledge and building global partnerships.
We add our voice to those of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and many of our peer institutions calling for a reconsideration of the administration’s new order barring the entry or return of individuals from certain countries. Continue reading
In alignment with its mission, Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB) is soliciting nominations of outstanding examples of globally engaged scholarship by members of the UW-Madison community. To be considered, applications should describe projects involving collaboration between faculty, students, university staff, and non-academic partners that address a problem identified by community members. Continue reading