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…

Fulbright Spotlight: Lexie Prendergast, ‘20, English Teaching Assistant in Belgium

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State designed to expand the perspectives of recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals. Fulbright recipients conduct research, teach English, or pursue graduate studies in 140 partner countries each year. Lexie Prendergast, a Wesleyan graduate in the class of 2020, generously shared…

Hindi-Urdu FLTA Priyanka Chakraborty Rediscovers Indian Classical Dance at Wes

Priyanka Chakraborty, our Fulbright Foreign language Teaching Assistant for Hindi-Urdu 2022-2023 participated in the Spring Semester Concert of ‘World of Dance’. She performed Swarajathi, an 18th century piece and a popular form of Carnatic music. This 21st century rendition was choreographed by Professor Hari Krishnan of the Wesleyan Dance Department and performed with live music by students of the Music department.  Coming…

Wesleyan Students Attend Yale Hindi Debate

The Yale Hindi debate is a prestigious event in the realm of Hindi language scholarship anddiscourse; and for every Hindi learner, speaker and language enthusiasts in USA. Establishedin 2008, the Yale Hindi Debate has been a platform for Hindi speakers—natives, heritage,and non-native students—to wrestle with timely and profound issues of importance. TheDebate has a 15-year…