Kazakh Songs and Instrumental Tunes: Performances by Wesleyan’s Central Asian Music Ensemble

by Oleksandra Volakova Last December started with a unique concert by Wesleyan’s new Central Asian Music Ensemble featuring the Kazakh qyl-qobyz (bowed lute), dombyra (plucked lute), jetygen (plucked zither), saz-syrnai (clay ocarina), asatayaq (wand with bells), danghyra (frame drum), and the Kyrgyz temir ooz komuz (jaw harp). The ensemble was initiated by Professor Saida Daukeyeva…

FCGS Takes on Tiktok

by Nataly Huyhua The FRIES Center of Global Studies (FCGS) has recently joined TikTok, adding a dynamic and engaging touch to its outreach efforts. Inspired by the entertaining TikTok content of Pi Café, theFCGS TikTok account radiates a similar atmosphere of fun and inclusivity. Thais García Bagué,who joined the team in August as the Global…

In Conversation With Dr. Gebremedhin Gebremeskel Haile

by Tasmiah Akter Dr. Gebremedhin Gebremeskel Haile walks into the room around ten minutes earlier than our agreed-upon meeting time. I extend out a hand to shake his, but I quickly realize that Cheeto dust covers my fingers from the bag I was indulging in seconds earlier. I excuse myself to wash my hands and…

Welcome to Copenhagen!

by Meera Pawale There is only one thing that Danes love more than beer— it’s bicycling. The first few days after arriving in Copenhagen, before crossing the street, I would whip my head right and left in fear to check if there would be any bikes zooming in the bike lanes. A tinge of fear…

Computational Neuroscience Research in India

by Tasmiah Akter For two months this summer, Maryam Badr ‘25 traveled to the Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida, India to do computational neuroscience research on hippocampal place cells with Dr. Sachin Deshmukh in the Department of Life Sciences. Maryam chose to take on this endeavor due to her passion for science, medicine, and…

Iracambí: Summer Research in Brazil Information Session

by Anita Deeg-Carlin This past Monday, the Office for Intercultural Learning hosted an info session about Iracambi Research Center in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil.  Returned students Tamira Le ’26, Cecilia Foldessy-Stiegemeier ’26, and Josie Dickman ’26, shared their inspiring and entertaining experiences from last summer.  Volunteer and Research Coordinator Patanjaly Barbosa de Andrade…

Let’s Talk About Culture (before Studying Abroad): The Intercultural Pre-Departure Workshop!

The Offices of Intercultural Learning and Study Abroad are excited to host an Intercultural Pre-Departure Workshop over lunch for this spring semester’s outgoing study abroad students.  On Sunday, December 3rd at 11:30 a.m. in the Daniel Family Commons, Director for Intercultural Learning, Anita Deeg-Carlin, along with her colleagues in the Office of Study Abroad, will…

The Language Buddies Program Returns for Winter Break

Registration for the Language Buddies program is open for the winter break! Coordinated through the Fries Center for Global Studies, Language Buddies is a program that matches Wesleyan students, faculty, or staff members with one another to practice their language skills over academic breaks through a series of self-paced, online conversational activities. This initiative was…

Wesleyan Debuts Japanese Classes at the Center for Prison Education

by Julia Gardner Starting in the fall semester of 2009, Wesleyan University has extended its classes beyond the lawns of our Middletown campus and into classrooms in Connecticut state prisons through the Center for Prison Education initiative. Each semester since, faculty from Wesleyan, in conjunction with faculty from Middlesex Community College, bring courses from their…

Saudades of Brazil

Imogen Frazier Pé na areia, literally translating to “foot in the sand”, is how Brazilians describe the pleasure of being at the beach. As I type this, I am currently sitting at a restaurant pé na areia and sipping a cool glass of passion fruit juice, or suco maracujá, for which I will certainly have…

International Education Week has Arrived!

Julia Gardner This Thursday marks the start of a very exciting week at Wes- International Education Week! (Even though International Education week officially begins on Monday, November 13, we’re too excited to wait!) Schools around the U.S. participate in this national initiative every year to promote intercultural learning, exchange, and celebration, and here at Wesleyan…

Language and History: “The Pre-Modern History of Korea”

Language, beyond being a means of communication, serves as the embodiment of culture and history, acting as the vessel through which stories are conveyed, knowledge is transmitted, and identities are forged. Within this fusion of language, culture, and history, emerges the book“Pre-Modern History of Korea” written by Wesleyan Professor and Co-Curricular Coordinator of the Korean…

Call for applications: Gaither Carnegie Junior Fellows Program – Year-long Research Assistantship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellow Program is a program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a unique global network of policy research centers with the mission to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. It offers ~18 one-year…