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Monday, October 27, 2014

Thursday Talk by Sudha Nagavarapu: "Learning from Movements" - please RSVP

"Learning from Movements"

Sudha Nagavarapu

Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time:  3:45-4:45 pm
Place: 230 Blegen Hall 
This talk will be held as part of CLA's humanistic commons freshman seminar on "Stories, Bodies, and Border crossings." 

About the speaker:
Sudha Nagavarapu is currently based in Bangalore and works on health rights and urban governance issues with communities in Bangalore and throughout Karnataka.  She also works with Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS) in Sitapur district, Uttar Pradesh, visiting them 2-3 times a year, supporting them in their current activities and helping expand their work in health and agriculture.  She has co-authored studies looking at urban health systems, the privatization and commercialization of health services (with a focus on Karnataka), access to medicines etc. and she is currently involved in a study looking at referrals for maternal care in Bangalore.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Richa Nagar (nagar@umn.edu) by Tue Oct 28th.

Thursday Talk by Dwiji Guru: Perspectives on Technology for Reshaping an Economy - please RSVP

Perspectives on Technology for Reshaping an Economy 

Dwijendra nath Guru
October 30, 2014
12:00 - 1:00
University International Center, room 101

The role of technology in shaping societies is evident. As time progresses, societies evolve and in some aspects look to change course. But in multiple sectors we find that the technological developments do not keep in step with these changes. Dwijendra nath Guru’s work is focused on developing solutions to help move communities toward a more equitable and just future. Dwijendra will share insights and ideas on the role of technology in the sectors of dairy, cotton, and staple grains in rural India.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DIbRuVVaR3GbwMnMklai9ieHQpxbWifNKb2wRuENx8M/viewform

South Asia Scholarly Events calendar 

AIIS summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 language programs in India

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request.

All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer.

Summer students should apply for FLAS if available at their institutions for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see www.clscholarship.org).  AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure FLAS or CLS funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee's ranking of the applicants. Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi, Bengali and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall.

The application deadline is January 31, 2015.  Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at www.indiastudies.org. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.

Critical Language Scholarship Application Announcement

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, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, 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.

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!
CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

For questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org