2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, BanglaChineseHindi, Indonesian, JapaneseKorean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:  http://www.clscholarship.org

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.


Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED)

Professional Growth for Student Employees

Program Overview

If you are employed by the university in a student academic or non-academic job, the Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program is for you! The program is designed to provide you with opportunities to enhance your skill set, knowledge base, and leadership potential so you can excel in the student workforce and in your future career.

SEED Workshops

Fall 2014 Course Listing and Class Schedule http://sites.utexas.edu/seed/workshops/ 

Blakemore Freeman Fellows competition

Blakemore Freeman Fellows have found careers using an Asian language at a professional level in international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), architecture, academia/teaching, social and NGO work, and government/public service.

For application materials and further details go to:
Application Deadline: December 30, 2014

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Talk: The Mysteries of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Talk: The Mysteries of Isaac Bashevis Singer 
September 22nd, 2014, 7PM at CLA 1.302D
Description: Chandrahas Choudhury, an Indian novelist, talks about his admiration for the work of the great Yiddish novelist IB Singer, and focusses on the moments in Singer’s novels when the characters become powerfully aware of the mystery of God, of creation, of sex, and of their own selves. To this, the reader might add a pleasure and puzzlement in the mysteries of Singer’s own sentences — and stories. Choudhury will focus on the Singer books The Magician of Lublin, The Family Moskat, In My Father’s Court, Enemies: A Love Story and Shosha.”

Chandrahas Choudhury is an Indian novelist based in Delhi. His novel Arzee the Dwarf is published in America by New York Review Books, and was chosen as one of World Literature Today magazine’s “60 Essential Works off Modern Indian Literature in English”. His book reviews appear in the New York Times and the Washington Post. His second novel is out next year. 
Event hosted by:
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
CLA 2.402
305 E. 23rd Street, B3600
Austin, TX 78712-1806


Asia and the United States: Relationship Patterns and Potential

Asia and the United States: Relationship Patterns and Potential

Stephen F. Austin State University is hosting a conference on October 9-10 at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel that explores how a successful partnership between the U.S. and Asia could become a strategic and economic cornerstone of the future. Speakers include Ambassador Harsh Bhasin of India and U.S. Ambassador Michael Armacost.

Graduate School Fair

Graduate School Fair

October 7


Texas Union Ballroom

Meet representatives from graduate programs across the country.  This event is free and open to all majors at UT.

Learn more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/355048561319422/

In order to expedite your registration, you can RSVP in advance here: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_begU7RazgI5s7bf

An RSVP is not required to attend the fair.

Presented by the Graduate Coordinator Network.

UT Sciences Toastmasters

I am the Vice President of PR for the registered student organization UT Sciences Toastmasters. We are a club where students can practice and improve their public speaking and communication skills in a supportive environment. This club is especially helpful to graduate students, many of whom want to improve their English skills while making new friends at UT. If you all could help spread awareness of our organization that would be sincerely appreciated. We are trying to reach the grad student community, so there is any way to tell grad students about our club that would be very helpful. Thank you for your time and help. best wishes, Katia Hougaard katia.hougaard@utexas.edu

Preventing a Pacific Vacuum: Asia’s Role in the New Global Disorder

Preventing a Pacific Vacuum: Asia’s Role in the New Global Disorder 
Description: The Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft invites you to “Preventing a Pacific Vacuum: Asia’s Role in the New Global Disorder” with Dr. Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute. A new era of global disorder is emerging, marked most notably by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s murderous rampage through Syria and Iraq. Yet while Asia appears relatively pacific, underlying tensions and great power revisionism threaten its stability. From Hong Kong to North Korea, the nations of Asia along with the United States must strive to preserve stability and create a liberal community of values. Whether Was hington has the ability, energy, or interest to do so is an open question. 
Time: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 12:15-1:30 p.m. 
Admission: Free 
Location: Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) 3.122