International Education Week is Coming Back to Wes!

The Wesleyan International Education Week Committee invites everyone to submit event proposals for the 2023 International Education Week taking place November 13 -17!  Deadline to submit is October 15th. International Education Week (IEW) is a national event, historically celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. At our celebration here at Wesleyan, we are committed to being collectively mindful of the…

Fellowships and Scholarships for Careers for the Public Good Event on October 11

Thanks to all who attended the event about Fellowships and Scholarships for Careers for the Public Good at the Fries Center for Global Studies on Wednesday October 11th. Associate Director for Fellowships, Erica Kowsz, presented an overview of some of the many fellowship opportunities that can support students’ (and recent alumni’s) career trajectories in public…

#AuntieLookedAmazing at Wesleyan: LaWhore Vagistan’s Lessons in Drag

On the evening of Wednesday, September 27, the Global South Asian Studies Program welcomed LaWhore Vagistan to the stage of the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. LaWhore Vagistan, the alter ego of Tufts University performance studies scholar Kareem Khubchandani, is everyone’s favorite overdressed, overeducated, and oversaturated South Asian drag auntie. LaWhore’s performance was part lecture,…

Caribbean Students’ Association Revitalized!

by Daëlle Coriolan Prior to the pandemic, the Caribbean Students’ Association was a vibrant and active club here at Wes. After COVID, there’s been efforts to revitalize it and bring it back but no active initiative. That’s when Anisah, Sabina, and I decided to start it back up officially. Last Sunday, September 24th, we had…

Get Engaged: TESOL Opportunities This Semester

by Julia Gardner Looking for a way to get locally and globally engaged while gaining skills in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)? There are several opportunities through Wesleyan that are still seeking participants. Wesleyan’s ELL (English Language Learners) program, which has been operating for the last seven years, offers two distinct opportunities:…

The Critical Language Scholarship: Learn a Language and Live Abroad!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) applications are opening soon! The CLS is an opportunity for American college and university students to study and delve into languages and cultures to promote with global engagement, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Every summer, undergraduates and graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions nationwide embark on an immersive…

The Gilman International Scholarship: Accessible Study and Internship Opportunity Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a U.S. State Department Program that aims to make study and internship abroad more accessible and inclusive for outstanding American students of limited financial means.  The October 2023 deadline application is for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between December 1, 2023 to October 31, 2024. This cycle encompasses Winter or January Term 2024, Spring 2024,…

A Summer in Taiwan

Baron Fisher ’26 For five weeks this summer, I studied at an intensive Chinese language program at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. My academic schedule consisted of a two-hour small group class that met five days a week and three electives that met once a week. For my electives, I selected Martial Arts…

A New Cohort of Foreign Language Teaching Assistants: 2023-2024’s FLTAs

Every academic year, the Fries Center for Global Studies collaborates with the Office of Graduate Student Services, the College of East Asian Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages to welcome a cohort of international language teaching assistants. These Foreign Language Teaching Assistants, or FLTAs, come to Wesleyan as non-degree seeking graduate students to foster…

Global South Asian Studies: A New Major

South Asia encompasses a large region of the world and includes more than a quarter of the world’s population. Wesleyan’s new major, Global South Asian Studies, explores the cultures of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, and the Tibetan cultural world in a worldwide context. GSAS offers insights into these cultures through…

Add/Drop’s Saviors: Six Fall 2023 Courses with Seats Available

This fall, six courses with seats available are being offered in collaboration with the Center for Global Studies. These courses are part of the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Initiative, which employ the use of languages other than English to explore and discuss topics in their original context. Two classes are half-credit “lab”…

Gringa Goes Abroad📍Santiago, Chile

Nicki Klar Seated awkwardly in the middle of thesidewalk on Erasmus, the notorious all-day party spot lining the block just outside my university, I made a comment to some friends I’d made minutes prior.“Que bacán” I said, which meant “How cool” inChilean speak. I continued to comment on how I could feel the metro just…

A Green Political Economy Conference

Professor Basak Kus organized a conference in cooperation with scholars from Freie University in Berlin on the topic of green political economy. Throughout the three-day conference, panelists from various universities worldwide engaged in discussions on theories of degrowth and post-growth, green new deals, the politics of decarbonization, and the involvement of governments, labor, and business…

Thank You and Sendoff for Dr. Henry Meriki, Scholar At Risk, Visiting Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

This past Tuesday evening, a slightly unlikely congregation of Wesleyan community members gathered at Archaeology professor Kate Brunson’s home.  Dr. Henry Meriki, Wesleyan’s current Scholar At Risk, will be leaving us after two years of teaching Public Health courses in our Molecular Biology and Biochemistry department, and Kate and her partner, Ezra, generously hosted the…