Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monday, 9/22: Sensata Technologies Company Visit

If you are majoring in engineering, computer science, business, or another closely related field along with Chinese, don't miss out on the IEP alumni presentation of internship/career opportunities at Sensata Technologies:

Mon. Sept. 22
12-1 p.m. 
IEP Living room
Pizza will be served.
This is a particularly interesting opportunity for juniors interested in completing a summer internship in Attleboro followed by a six-month internship at Sensata locations in China (Changzhou); and also for graduating seniors looking for an exciting first step into their global engineering career.

2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - Application Now Live and Due Nov. 12

This opportunity is great for students of Chinese, both Flagship and non-Flagship, who will have completed CHN 104 or higher by the end of this academic year.  Please note: It is not a scholarship you can apply to any program, but rather is a program in itself.  Flagship students currently in CHN 215H are encouraged to apply.

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:

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:
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: 

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at: 

Sarah Bartfeld
Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
T 202-833-7522
F 202-833-7523

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ACC in Beijing - Fulbright Hays GPA Scholarships Available for the Spring 2015 Term

ACC- Fulbright Hays GPA scholarships available for the Spring 2015 Term
Study abroad with Associated Colleges in China this spring semester in Beijing, China.

Fulbright Hays GPA Scholarship

  • This grant was awarded to Hamilton College and ACC for 4 years by the US Department of State after successfully operating this award for the previous 4 years.
  • This grant is intended to improve upon the study of modern foreign languages to students in foreign countries where the US has diplomatic representation.
  • Students can apply for this scholarship ($2,000-$6000) and international travel funds ($600-$1400).
Application Information for ACC in Beijing
  • Application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is October 15th
  • Applications for the spring term as well as the Fulbright scholarships are available at our website,
  • For any questions, please contact the ACC office at or 315-859-4326
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Sign Up Now for URI Diversity Week: September 29 - October 3, 2014

18th Annual URI Diversity Week

Featuring 60+ workshops to choose to match your interests!
URI Diversity Week celebrates the importance of diversity and identity in higher education, in the workplace, in the community, and in the global arena. The core of Diversity Week are the schedule of workshops taught by faculty, staff, administrators, students, and friends. Other current activities include a keynote address co-sponsored with the URI Honors Colloquium; a film screening; art exhibit; a series of interactive diversity workshops; dance classes; a peace and harmony meditation;; and music workshops.

2014 URI Diversity Week Keynote Lecturer 
Heidi Boghosian, JD
In Spying on Democracy, she documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian discusses how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, their health histories, and their political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government agencies mine data from sources as varied as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U. S. intelligence agencies.

Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute. She is the co-host of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder on Pacifica's WBAI in New York and over 40 national affiliates. She received her JD from Temple Law School and served as the editor-in-chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. She also holds an MS from Boston University and a BA from Brown University.

Sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center and the URI Honors Colloquium, Boghosian, author of Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance (San Francisco: City Lights, 2013) will talk about "Surveillance or Self Determination: Can Democracy Exist in the Age of Google, Comcast, and the NSA?" on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 pm in Edwards Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Highlights of the Week

Freedom Summer 50th Year Anniversary Celebration

Dream Big URI: The Common Reading Program and The Last Lecture

Curricular Transformation: How to Incorporate Cultural Competence in

Course Content and Pedagogy

College of Pharmacy Diversity Day

International Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture

The Emergence of a New Cuba: Opportunities and Obstacles

Technology and Cybersecurity: Moving the City of Providence into the 21st

Surveillance State of the 21st Century: The evolution of the Surveillance
State and People's Rights

Sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center, Lifespan, the College of Pharmacy, and
the URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.

Multicultural Center74 Lower College Road Kingston, RI 02881Phone: 401-874-2851
Fax: 401-874-5952

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gilman Scholarship Early Application Summer 2015 Now Open - Due Oct. 7!

If you are planning to study in China or Taiwan next summer or this coming spring, and are a U.S. Citizen currently receiving a Pell Grant, start your Gilman application today!

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that students interested in studying or interning abroad in the summer have an opportunity to apply earlier.  The Early Application for Summer 2015 cycle is now open in conjunction with the Spring 2015 application, and has the same submission deadline of October 7th. The Gilman Program is offering this additional application cycle in an effort to support students who may already be preparing for their summer 2015 study abroad program or international internship and would like earlier notification of their status to better plan their financial commitments.  Selected recipients will be notified in February.       
The Gilman Program will also continue to offer a summer application for students in January in conjunction with the fall 2015/academic year 2015-2016 application cycle. The deadline for those applications will be the first week in March.  This cycle is ideal for students who are not ready to apply now or will not know of their program acceptance in February.  This round of summer 2015 applicants will be notified in April of their status.  
Early Application Summer 2015 student applications are due October 7 by 11:59pm (central).
Advisors have until October 14 to certify Early Application Summer 2015 applications.
Eligibility requirements remain the same; an applicant must be:
* A United States citizen; 
* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution;
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad;
* Participating in a study abroad program or internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than an academic year;
* Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student's home institution; and 
* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Since the program's inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded nearly 17,000 U.S. undergraduates of high financial need representing more than 1,100 U.S. institutions, to study and intern abroad in over 140 countries. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.  
For more information, please visit the Gilman website at or contact the appropriate contact below:
Last Name A-D
Phone:  832-369-3477 
Last Name E-K
Phone: 832-369-3484 
Last Name L-Q
Phone: 832-369-3475 
Last Name R-Z
Phone: 832-369-3485 
Midwest & Northeast Regions
Phone: 832-369-3487 
South & West Regions
Phone: 832-369-3483  

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/8/14: Chinese Program Bulletin

Dear Students of Chinese:

Welcome back to our returning students and a warm welcome to all new students!  You have been added to this listserv because you are registered for a Chinese course in fall 2014.  I will be sending a weekly digest of information on events, scholarships, internships, and other opportunities related to Chinese language and culture that will also be posted to the:
We hope you will join us!

Upcoming Events:

  • Chat with students returning from the Flagship Capstone Year in China or one of many summer programs.  (See, for example, the ICLP newsletter below.)
  • Hillside Residence Hall Main Lounge, 3:00-4:30 PM (come anytime)
  • Ice cream will be served.
  • Interested in working for the NSA?  Learn about internship and career opportunities.
  • IEP House Living Room, 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Pizza will be served.
Events in Celebration of the Global 10th Anniversary of Confucius Institutes:
Wednesday, 9/24: "Art to Poetry to Music" An Exploration of Traditional Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Guzheng Music, Poetry & Western Music
  • The Confucius Institute at URI welcomes distinguished Chinese Calligrapher and Painter Dr. Hong Zhao to offer a free Chinese Calligraphy Lecture accompanied by Ms. Siwen Long on the Guzheng, and a University of Rhode Island Pianist, Violinist, Cellist and Narrators.
  • Edwards Auditorium, 12:00-12:30 Reception, 12:30-1:30 Performance, 1:30-2:00 Q&A with the Artists
  • Zhejiang University's Wenqin Performing Arts Troupe will perform a number of artistic pieces, including folk dances, martial arts, Chinese classical music, Peking opera, and more.
  • Edwards Auditorium, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Performances by Zhejiang University's Wenqin Performing Arts Troupe and interactive cultural activities with the 5 New England Confucius Institutes.
  • WaterFire Providence Steeple Street Stage (at the intersection of Steeple and Canal Streets), 6:30 PM - midnight

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Carnegie Council's 2014 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: "Imagining a Better Future"

As part of Carnegie Council's Ethics for a Connected World project, we are asking thought leaders a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet. One of the questions is: What should happen this century? See some of their answers hereCarnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its sixth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.
But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you. What do you think?
ESSAY TOPIC: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? 
  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.
This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.

All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.

All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.

Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.

Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.


1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #betterfuturecontest.
3. Please include the following:
* Your full name.
* The name of your school.
* Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate).
1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize:
 $150 Amazon Gift Certificate 

3rd prize:
 $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader.
Any questions? Please contact Jenna Zhang at
For the the winning essays from 2013, click here.