The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas is seeking applicants for Summer 2015 & Academic Year 2015-16

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

CREEES offers FLAS Fellowships to fund highly competitive graduate and undergraduate students for the study of regional foreign languages, including (but not limited to):

Russian Polish • Czech • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Ukrainian • Bulgarian Persian/Tajik* Turkish* • Romani* • Yiddish* as well asother contemporary regional languages!
Other languages may be added pending approval and on a case-by-case basis. 
* Study of noted languages should be applicable to area studies of the REEE region.FLAS awards are available for both academic year (in residence at UT) and summer studies (abroad, at UT or elsewhere in the US). More information can be found online athttp://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/funding-opportunities/FLAS.php

For specific questions, please contact:

Undergraduate Applications:

Jenica Jones, CREEES (BUR 444)
The University of Texas at Austin
Email: jenicajones@utexas.edu
Tel. (512) 232-6059

FLAS for European Studies Due Feb. 6

November 21, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Center for European Studies is pleased to once again be able to offer FLAS Fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2015 and AY 2015-16.

Students must be U.S. citizens or  permanent residents and may be from any discipline at UT. We especially encourage students from the professional schools to apply.

Academic year students must be enrolled at UT as a full time student and agree to take one approved foreign language course and one area studies course focusing on Europe (both letter grade based).

Summer students will be enrolled in an intensive foreign language program either in the U.S. or Europe (for intermediate and advanced levels only).

For more information including a list of approved foreign languages and the application, please visit:

Undergraduate FLAS

All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015.

“The New Political Reality of Immigration in an Aging Society” by Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

As our country’s average age and immigrant population increase, it is worthwhile to understand the intersection of aging, diversity, economy, and policy. In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, who served as former Assistant Secretary for Aging under President Clinton, discusses the relationship between aging of society and the current debates around immigration reform. The event is scheduled on November 20th at 12:15 in the LBJ School First Floor Lobby.

Torres-Gil’s lecture is co-sponsored by the LBJ School and the Department of Government. This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of 50 events celebrating 50 years of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legislative legacy. The series explores civil rights issues such as human rights, immigration, and social justice, calling for a renewed effort to improve the lives of all citizens.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

RSVP NOW

UT AUSTIN STARTUP JOB FAIR

November 19, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

UT AUSTIN STARTUP JOB FAIR 

Hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency  

Friday, November 21, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

SAC Ballroom

Learn More & RSVP Here

The event is organized by Student Government’s Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and sponsored by Liberal Arts Career Services office (LACS).

While there is no dress code at this fair, you should dress to impress. As for resumes, you don’t need to bring one but one can be very helpful when communicating your skills to a potential employer.

Thanks,

NICK SPILLER, Student Ventures Coordinator

The University of Texas at Austin | Liberal Arts Student Ventures Program | 810-814-0727 | utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lacs/ | linkedin.com/in/nickspiller

Spring Break 2015: New Orleans, LA

Applications due: Thursday, 11/20/2014
11:59pm

This Spring Break (March 14th- 21st) 21 students from across the UT campus will travel to New Orleans, LA, to participate in a week of service. We are looking for students who want to learn and serve alongside a new community, while developing their leadership skills.Students will immerse themselves in the New Orleans culture, while gaining a deeper understanding of the social issues facing the community. The student group will work on a Habitat for Humanity rebuild, along with an Edible Schoolyard for children.

Apply Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P9yv4Eg3NE3Y9BoIw3bv_TsBAt7CB0jn5maeSFRMyto/viewform

If you’d like additional information about the trip, please contact: Hali Hoyt (hhoyt@austin.utexas.edu) or visit our webpage at http://ddce.utexas.edu/civicengagement/alternative-breaks/

Liberal Arts Pre-Med Society, Tuesday 11/18

November 17, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

Meeting Information: General meeting, Featuring Speaker: Farhana Khanja

Date & Time: Tuesday, 11/18, 7:30 pm

Place: BUR 108

Description:Join your fellow non-traditional pre-med majors for an evening chat with a current medical student about the ins and outs of medical school! We will have discussion, free food, and Smartypants giftcard giveaway. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, November 18th, in BUR 108 at 7:30 pm.

If you would like to apply for a $3,000 UT Austin scholarship to study abroad between fall 2015 and summer 2017, the deadline to apply to the First Abroad Scholarship is DECEMBER 1, 2014.

Attend the workshop for application tips:

First Abroad Application Workshop

When: Monday, November 24 from 4-5pm

Where: BUR 116

Description: Calling all first-generation college students with less than 60 hours earned at UT. Join us for tips on how to win this year’s First Abroad Scholarship for $3,000. The application is simple, no recommendations are required, and you can select your study abroad program AFTER you win the award! The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014. Recipients have up to two academic years to select a program and participate. For example, students are awarded in February 2015 and may use the scholarship any term between fall 2015 and summer 2017. Link to application: http://world.utexas.edu/abroad/funding/scholarships/planning

Thank you,

Margaret

Margaret Storm McCullers

Curriculum Integration & Special Projects Coordinator | Study Abroad

International Office

The University of Texas at Austin

Phone: (512) 475-8769

Email: mccullersm@austin.utexas.edu

http://world.utexas.edu/abroad/credit

Summer Study in Rome Information Meeting

November 17, 2014 | by amorous | | Leave a Comment

Informational meeting for the Rome Institute of Liberal Arts (RILA). This is an exciting opportunity to spend a part of your summer studying the great books in Rome and earning transfer credit to UT.  The meeting will be Wednesday, November 19, at 5 PM in Waggener 403b

The Jefferson Center has a number of $2,000 scholarships available to make this program more affordable for UT students.

The program itself consists of a month long class that takes place in the heart of the Eternal City.  Students will live in Rome and will have ample opportunity to explore its many celebrated sights, with all their charms and wonders. will study in the historic and centrally located Collegio Romano, where Galileo once had an apartment. It’s also close to many of the major sights: it’s a two minute walk from the Pantheon, a five minute walk from the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Capitoline Hill, and a twenty minute walk from the Colosseum.

Regular class meetings, in which the texts will be studied and discussed intensively, will take place four times per week in the mornings. Students will be enrolled with students from other American universities, and will have the chance to study with them and to get to know them.

RILA offers a choice of two courses, both of which earn UT credit. Each class is discussion intensive, and involves the study of a selection of great books that have particular relevance to Rome and its history. Empire and the Soul is an introduction to the basic problems of political philosophy with particular attention to the Roman Republic and the emergence of the Empire. In it, you’ll study works by Livy, Vergil, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare. This course carries upper level government credit. Beauty and the Sacred covers some of the great reflections on the meaning of art and its relationship to the divine. Its texts include Plato’s Symposium, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Hegel’s Lectures on Aesthetics.

As part of both classes, students will tour many of the museums, churches, and ruins, guided by experts in Rome’s art and history.  On two occasions, classes will actually take place in the Vatican Museums, and will be followed by tours. There will also be excursions to cities surrounding Rome, including Siena, Orvieto, and Tarquinia. The tours supplement the readings: students will see how the thinkers they read grappled with the same basic human problems as Rome’s great historic leaders and as the artists whose work they’ll view. While Rome is almost indescribably beautiful, its deepest wonders only truly open up when one starts to understand the thought that inspires them.

For more information on the program and the scholarship opportunities offered by the Jefferson Center, please attend the meeting, or if you can’t make it, contact Dr. Erik Dempsey, by email at ed6335@utexas.edu. He will be teaching the Empire and the Soul class. You can also visit RILA’s website at:

http://www.rilarts.org/

Dr. Erik Dempsey

Lecturer, Department of Government

Assistant Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

ed6335@utexas.edu

(512) 471 6659

Boren Awards Information Sessions

November 14, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Boren Awards provide generous funding to both undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education.  Students are encouraged to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, but traditionally underrepresented in international education (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Here is the information for the student interest meeting at your campus:

Boren Awards Information Meetings

Thursday November 20th

 Undergraduate Session: 4 to 5 pm

Burdine Hall 108 (BUR 108)

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about the information session or with general questions about the Boren Awards.

Thanks,

Craig Fredrickson

Program Officer, Boren Awards

Institute of International Education (IIE)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005

Phone +1.800.618.6737 | Fax +1.202.326.7672

cfredrickson@iie.org | www.iie.org

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, Initiatives of the National Security Education Program

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Deadline: Monday, November 24, 2014

Call for Applications

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Internship

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is currently accepting applications for UT undergraduates to intern with us during the spring of 2015!  Interns will support various initiatives at the Rapoport Center.  This internship is ideal for students who are interested in:

 

  • Working on human rights research and advocacy projects
  • Learning how an academic center functions
  • Engaging in human rights scholarship
  • Gaining practical experience
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students

 

This is an unpaid internship.  Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester.

 

The Role of Human Rights Interns

 

Undergraduate interns play an important role at the Rapoport Center.  Interns will focus on different activities, depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center.  Primary duties include:

 

  • Assisting with human rights research and advocacy projects
  • Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
  • Expanding the Center’s social media outreach
  • Providing administrative support for Center programs
  • Contributing written work for press releases, website, and Annual Review publications
  • Serving as liaison to the UT undergraduate community and helping develop the Center’s undergraduate outreach
  • Assisting Center Administrator, Co-Directors, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

 

Required Qualifications

 

  • Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Regular and punctual maintenance of office hours
  • Professional demeanor
  • Experience with internet research, standard office equipment, and Microsoft Office

 

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

 

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing
  • Experience with publication, design, and website software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Event planning and/or fundraising experience

 

How to Apply

 

Qualified students should submit the following materials individually in PDF format to Rapoport Center Administrator William Chandler at wchandler@law.utexas.edu (subject: Undergraduate Internship):

 

  • Cover letter (state why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities)

 

  • CV/Resume (indicate any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency)

 

  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable, as long as it’s not a grade report; an official copy can be mailed separately if needed, to arrive by the application due date)

 

  • List of three references (at least two must be UT faculty; include contact information)

 

  • Writing sample (3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable)

 

Questions?

 

Contact William Chandler at wchandler@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-4857.