Division of International Studies on March 13th, 2011

Dr. Lalita du Perron is the associate director of the Center for South Asia and the faculty associate for the India Initiative, as well as a faculty liaison for the study abroad program in Varanasi, India. She has come to UW-Madison by way of London, with a background in South Asian Studies and Hindi. Du Perron recently traveled […]

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Division of International Studies on July 22nd, 2010

By Cynthia Williams, Director of External Relations, UW-Madison Division of International Studies [Ed. note: Last March, Chancellor Martin signed an MOU with UW-Madison and a new university in Kazakhstan, pledging to undertake a feasibility study to develop models for a School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Astana.] When I flew […]

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International Studies on February 26th, 2010

by Steven B. Zwickel, College of Engineering I posted a piece on my 2008 adventure in China on the Badgers Abroad Blog. Here’s the story of what happened when I went back in 2009. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=- My experience in China in 2008 was transformational and I was determined to find some way of going back. As […]

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[This article was first published in the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) fall 2009 newsletter.] By Alec Luhn, CREECA web and publications assistant The two decades that Mark S. Johnson, a new assistant professor of Educational Policy Studies at the UW-Madison School of Education, has spent studying Soviet and Russian educational […]

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International Studies on August 21st, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part 2 Sitting at the helm of our Toyota Land Cruiser was James, one of the most sought-after guides at  Akagera Park. There was not a creature or plant that he could not name. His keen eyes even led us to the elusive Mutware, or “Crazy Elephant” as James […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part I Based at the tranquil Hotel Dereva on the main highway that runs through the sleepy town of Rwamagana we were about an hour’s drive to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. As the sun rose we piled into three Toyota Land Cruisers with all the fixings to have an […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 10, 2009 After about a week in the capital city of Kigali we headed southwest to the university town of Butare. Butare’s main street bustles with activity as motorcycle taxis, matatus, and bicycles rumble by. Maneuvering through pedestrian and wheel traffic past the ever-popular Matar Supermarket (a go-to place for fresh […]

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International Studies on July 24th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 9, 2009 Our travels across Rwanda would not be possible without the expert help and knowledgeable advice from Jeremiah and Giome, two guides from the Kigali-based  Bizidanny Tours and Safaris. With a group of 15 people there is a lot of luggage, so before heading for a long journey Jeremiah and […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009: Part Two A few hours after our chance meeting with Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga, we made our way to FAWE Girls’ School, a boarding school located in one of Kigali’s suburbs. The school, founded in 1999, is managed by its namesake, the Forum for African Women Educationalists-Rwanda Chapter. The secondary […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009 Hanging out in the lobby of Kigali’s Hotel Chez Lando can be a good way to meet Rwanda’s movers-and-shakers. Some of us had the pleasure of meeting Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga in the wood-paneled reception area the hotel. It was a chance meeting that turned into an informative discussion about […]

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International Studies on July 7th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 7, 2009 The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) group is keenly interested in schooling in Rwanda, and in particular the role of education in national development. While some members of the group visited the Lycée de Kigali, I joined others to meet students and faculty at Riviera High School. The private […]

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International Studies on July 5th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 5, 2009 The Kigali Memorial Center opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide in 2004. Set above terraces overlooking Kigali the Memorial Center sits on a site where 250,000 are buried. Inside the crisp white building visitors walk through darkened spaces to learn about pre-colonial Rwanda and the historical […]

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International Studies on July 3rd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July, 3, 2009 Following a restorative horizontal sleep after more than 24 hours of travel, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) participants awoke to the sounds of roosters and other aviary activity in the Remera neighborhood of Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. Our first group meeting was held at the Hotel Bloom’s […]

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International Studies on June 30th, 2009

Catherine Reiland “This is a unique opportunity to develop curriculum that will be integrated into classrooms across the United States. I am especially excited to work on the topic of “Youth on the Move” because of its engagement with senses of place, mapping, and intersections between art and movement.” — Catherine Reiland, assistant director of […]

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International Studies on June 26th, 2009

1.    Bring your own toilet paper/tissue to use in the bathroom — there is not always toilet paper. 2.    Most bathrooms have a 1 – 2 inch lip of marble separating it from the rest of the room.  Be sure to step over this so your feet or toes do not get injured or stubbed. […]

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International Studies on June 17th, 2009

Sent from Taiwan by UW-Madison dance student Brittany Wittmann Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Unlike street fashions, dancers here in Taiwan wear similar clothes, for the most part, as in the United States.  Last week all of us UW dancers came to class clad in leotards and tights.  We quickly found that their dancers take class, […]

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International Studies on June 9th, 2009

Posted from Taiwan by UW-Madison dance student, Brittany Wittmann Sunday, June 7, 2009 Today was a wonderful day.  Laura, Megan, Natalie, Ali, Mychelyn, Amy, and I ventured off on our own and spent the morning and afternoon at the Shimending Market.  The market surrounded a metro station and curved and winded along large and small […]

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International Studies on June 8th, 2009

Posted by Kelley Conway, associate professor, UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts. June 2009 [Author’s note: In my course on French cinema, I asked the students to work on the economics of the French film industry for their final paper.  Most students chose to write about the exhibition sector.  Part of the project involved conducting interviews […]

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International Studies on June 5th, 2009

A missive from Kate Corby, assistant professor in the UW Madison Dance Program… June, 5, 2009 Hello!!  We are having a great time and wish you were here! After a 25-hour journey starting in Madison, we arrived safe and sound in Taipei last evening.  The hotel is clean and comfortable and the staff are very […]

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International Studies on June 3rd, 2009

June 3, 2009 – Fourteen UW-Madison dance majors and three faculty members are flying halfway around the world today to participate in a three-week cultural exchange program in Taipei, Taiwan. Students will join Taiwanese students at the country’s most prestigious dance school, Taipei National University of the Arts, for daily technique classes, rehearsals, and a […]

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International Studies on February 11th, 2009

Steven B. Zwickel is a faculty associate in the College of Engineering’s Technical Communication Program at UW-Madison. When I stepped out of my hotel in Guangzhou, China in July, 2008, I realized that I couldn’t read the signs, had no idea where I was, and I couldn’t understand a single word being spoken by the […]

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By Dana Bedessem Growing up in the middle of Indiana, Jo Ellen Fair always thought, “there just has to be more out there.” But Fair wasn’t fantasizing about New York City or Europe, targets of wanderlust for so many other Midwesterners. Fair was thinking global. She wanted to go to Africa. But in the late […]

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International Studies on October 2nd, 2008

By Gregory J. Scott Anthropology professor Sharon Hutchinson has never fully embraced the quiet bookishness of academic life. Though she earned her doctorate from the University of Chicago, she’s spent almost as much time in war-ravaged African communities as she has in well stocked university libraries. Hutchinson is a Sudan expert. And for more than […]

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International Studies on August 7th, 2008

Cindy Haq, MD, remembers passing poor children on the streets in her hometown of Lahore, Pakistan and wondering why they often did not have food while she did. “At age seven, I realized there was a big difference between my life and theirs,” says Haq, a professor of family medicine and population health sciences in […]

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