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Marquette student awarded journalism tour to Japan
Kelly Meyerhofer, a junior studying journalism and political science was awarded a journalism study tour to Japan from Scripps Howard Foundation. Meyerhofer was among nine collegiate journalists from around the country who won the annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. The competition, established in 1984, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press from 1912-1920. This is the 10th year that the Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded the study tour to Japan to competition winners.
The trip begins May 21 and includes excursions primarily in the Kansai region cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Included in the trip is a visit to Hiroshima, the first city in world history to be devastated by the atomic bomb, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park, as well as Tokyo.
Marquette's Haggerty Museum exhibit displays hope amidst reconstruction in Central Asia
Award-winning Ukrainian photographer Mila Teshaieva has documented the post-soviet Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The exhibition of her photos entitled “Promising Waters” will be on display at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art through May 31. This is the first American showing of Teshaieva’s work and is part of a four-year project she undertook to document the changes in three countries struggling to reinvent their culture after the collapse of the old Communist Soviet Union. A review of Teshaieva’s exhibit, featured in Urban Milwaukee Dial, goes into detail about the sincere beauty of the photographs and dubs it a must see. The Haggerty Museum of Art is free and open daily to the public.
Spanish language summer programs for Marquette faculty and staff
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, a fellow Jesuit institution in Mexico, will offer a non-tuition Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions. During the two-week program, participants will take Spanish classes in the morning and have the opportunity to teach, offer seminars or explore collaboration with peers in the afternoons. Instruction at three levels of Spanish is available: basic, intermediate and advanced. The program is run in June – Session 1: June 1-12 and Session 2: June 15-26. Participants stay in the residence halls on campus or with a host family. Dr. Subhash Bhatnagar, College of Health Sciences, Marquette University participated and explains,“This was a very effective and enjoyable course with a great opportunity for practicing Spanish in a native environment. A well-organized course, with very friendly people”. Click here to read more about the program.
Likewise, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a Jesuit institution in Cali, Colombia, will offer a four-week Spanish for Foreigners summer program at all levels for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions. The program will run June 30 – July 24, 2015. The cost of the program is $500. It includes Spanish language classes, opportunities to connect with professors at the university in search of common academic interests for future collaborations, cultural activities and excursions. Interested faculty or staff must contact Manuela Fernandez Beiro by March 13 at email@example.com.
ELS Education Services holds essay competition to speak at United Nations
Many Languages, One World was created to promote multilingualism, the continued study of the six official languages of the United Nations, and to bring global-minded young scholars from all over the world together to engage in dialogue about global issues and initiatives. By competing in the contest, students have the opportunity to be selected for an all-expense-paid trip to share their ideas in a Global Youth Forum at Adelphi University and present at the United Nations. This year’s essay topic asks students to research and reflect on the proposed sustainability goals of the United Nations post-2015 global development agenda.
In 2014, Many Languages One World was a great success for global citizenship and the understanding of the impact of language. Over 4,000 people participated in some aspect of our inaugural competition. Close to 1,500 essays were submitted, with contestants from 128 different countries. The 60 winners represented 26 different countries and 6 continents. College freshmen through doctoral candidates participated in the event. Winners were attending a diverse group of universities around the world, including such esteemed institutions as The University of Basel (Switzerland), Princeton University (USA), and Cornell University (USA), and their areas of study included engineering, political science, language, philosophy, economics, and computer science. To enter, visit manylanguagesoneworld.els.edu for complete contest details.
Interdisciplinary summer abroad program offers educators unique opportunities
Studying abroad is not just for students. A recent article published by Janet Hulstrand suggests that faculty-led summer programs offer faculty the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines to provide students with the most well-rounded and comprehensive picture possible of the location they are exploring. Multidisciplinary instruction allows faculty to learn right along with the students and co-teach with professors from all around the world. Being exposed to topics that might not have been covered in a more traditional class setting benefits students. They are also exposed to different theoretical approaches or interpretations of general topics of study.
Marquette offers several faculty-led summer programs such as the theatre and journalism program to London, and the Spanish and theology trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain where students and faculty are given the opportunity to explore the culture of their host countries from multiple different disciplinary perspectives. Visit studyabroad.marquette.edu for more information on our faculty-led programs.
The downside of staying connected abroad
National Public Radio recently aired a story on the effects of increased technology while studying abroad. There is evidence to support the claim that technology might get in the way of experiencing true culture because students are always connected to home. Barbara Hofer, a psychology professor at Middlebury College, claims that social media has become intrusive while leading American students through Europe. Through her research, Hofer has discovered that by using phones and being in constant contact with home, students have a harder time learning the native language of a country and understanding the culture. In her study she found that American students connected with their parents an average of 22.4 times a week, making lessons of autonomy and responsibility abroad harder to learn. Hofer does, however, explain that technology can help students abroad in certain ways, but it comes with a price of more important lessons. Barbara Hofer’s full interview with Rachel Martin of NPR can be heard here.
Google releases top U.S. study abroad search terms
The popular search engine Google released the top list of Google searches relating to international higher education. London topped the list as the most search city by U.S. students looking to study abroad. Times Higher Education reported that “Universities in London” is the most popular term among all generic searches made by students. Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Singapore were included in the top five generic city-based searches. “No matter how we looked at it, by university brand or just generic keywords, there is no doubt that London and the UK are the biggest magnets for US students seeking to study abroad,” said Harry Walker, head of Google Education Industry.
The study was released to coincide with London mayor Boris Johnson visit to New York on February 11, where he unveiled a new Leaders of the Future Program designed to bring more US students to the capital. The list of the top 30 searched universities by US students can be found here.
From excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, the Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.
A Night of Poetic Resistance
Wednesday, March 5
6:30 -9:30 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms AB
Students for Justice in Palestine will be holding an entertainment night featuring Syrian American hip hop artist Omar Offendum and Palestinian poet Tahani Salah for a night of music, art, and poetry. Opening acts with members in our community will also be joining us!
This night appeals to a wide variety of causes and organizations and will include a blend of live music, poetry, speech and reflection on the state of the world. SJP would like to connect all of our fights for justice together and depict our individual yet global struggles.
Co-sponsors of this event are: MU English Department, MU Foreign Languages Department, Native American Student Association, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, Live Poets Society, Peacemakers, and NAACP, along with other SJP chapters in the area - UWM, Cardinal Stritch, & Alverno.
Careers in the Foreign Service with Col. Ann Wright
Monday, March 16
4 -5 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
Col (Ret.) Ann Wright is a prominent American peacemaker, received the State Department award for heroism in 1997, and has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. Join Col. Wright to learn more about careers in the Foreign Service.
Irish Cultural Event
Monday, March 16
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
Milwaukee is home to many people from Ireland and other countries with Celtic traditions. Join us for an evening of music, dance and culture as we learn about and celebrate the rich cultural history of Ireland and the Celtic world.
BSO Annual Cultural Show: Dancers of the Philippines - Following the Beat of One's Heart
Saturday, March 21
5- 8 p.m.
Join us for our annual cultural show filled with numerous traditional Filipino dances as well other cultural performances.
This year we follow the story of two best friends striving to follow their passions. But when romance threatens the balance of their friendship, will they both be able to follow the beat of their hearts?
Free admission. Doors open at 5pm. Show starts at 5:30pm.
The Charlie Hebdo Attack in Context
4- 5 p.m.
Raynor Libraries Beaumier Suites B&C
Join Middle East and North Africa Studies faculty for a panel discussion putting the Charlie Hebdo attack in context.
Scholarships & Conferences
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- €1000 video contest for students who have studied abroad in Italy