Patrick Crotty – Boren Scholarship recipient
The Asian Studies Program would like to congratulate Patrick Crotty on being awarded a Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships are initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Patrick will be spending his time in China learning Chinese until his return in August. His future plans are to work for the United States working to establish positive U.S. – China trade polices.
A Cartoonist’s Journey
The FYE: A Glimpse Into India course presents “A Cartoonist’s Journey” a conversation with Shreyas Navare, Editorial Cartoonist, Hinustan Times Founder & CEO, LÉGENDE.
It will be held on Monday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Simons Center for the Arts, room 309.
For further information please contact Leena Karambelkar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Garrett Davidson in the College of Charleston Magazine
Arabic Studies professor Garrett Davidson was honored in the College of Charleston Magazine this summer. Professor Davidson strives to foster connections with a part of the world that students might otherwise now know.
“This is a region that’s very misunderstood,” says Davidson, adding that 21st-century American cinema hasn’t helped the matter. “Arabs tend to be villainized and dehumanized in Hollywood films. So, one of the goals is to humanize them for these students – to connect them to these societies in a way that challenges their perceptions.”
“This course explores political and social issues that are very foreign to students – and in a very foreign environment. So, using a medium that they are so familiar with – that they are comfortable with – makes it more approachable,” says Davidson, noting that the course includes films from all over the Arabic world, from Morocco to Iraq, providing the perfect channel for exploring any number of political, historical and cultural issues. “These films are exposing them to important themes in modern Arab societies and cultures in ways they really connect with.”
The full article can be found here: http://today.cofc.edu/2017/06/16/arabic-studies/
Anjali Naik, ExCEL Award recipient for LCWA!
The ExCel Award honors more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. Anjali Naik is the recipient of the ExCEL Award for the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs. She was nominated by Hindi instructor Mrs. Leena Karambelkar. Mrs. Karambelkar saw in her tremendous awareness of the community and a wish to help others.
Anjali Naik is a junior at the College studying Computing in the Arts with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a member of the Bonner Leader Program, and has been a member of at least 5 other student organizations over her college experience. Her involvement in the community is of a change maker, a reformer, a role model.
Her exceptional work is for “Girls Rock Charleston” where she has already spent more than 800 volunteering hours. Anjali is also a co-founder, organizer and a daily mentor at the Girls Rock After School Program that builds power with prominently at-risk girls and trans youth to creatively collaborate with peers and use art and music as a platform to promote social change.
Celebrating the Lunar New Year this Friday (Feb. 13)
This Friday, Feb. 13 the Asian Student Association in collaboration with the Cougar Activities Board will host a Lunar New Year celebration for the Year of the Goat. The event will take place in the Stern Student Center Ballroom from 7-9pm. There will be food, fun and entertainment, including a professional magician from Seattle, Washington: Nash Fung.