Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
17 November 2020
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Table of Contents
  1. ALC Faculty Highlights
  2. ALC Student Highlights
  3. Graduate Student News
  4. Study Space on Campus
  5. Undergraduate Events
  6. Campus Lectures
  7. Internships & Funding Opportunities
  8. Advising Available
ALC Faculty Highlights
On November 13, 2020 Professor and ALC Department Chair, John Dunne, participated in a virtual book launch for “Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind," with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. See video:
Join Professor Haberkorn for an evening of Public/Scholarship

PUBLIC/SCHOLARSHIP: A Reading of Translations in, of, and from Southeast Asia

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 | 6-8 pm CST

Via Zoom

Since September, approximately thirty graduate students working inside and outside the university around the world met every other week to read and think critically and politically about translation and movement in language in and in opposition to Southeast Asian Studies. How do the colonial, imperial and Cold War legacies in the field shape knowledge, and how might we resist it? What are the potential places of translation in a scholarly life and in a public life, and how do they intersect and diverge? Simultaneously, we circulated and workshopped our own translations of poems, short stories, archival documents, journal articles, and dissident manifestos with one another.  In this reading, members of the workshop share their translations with you.

Readings by: alexandra dalferro, Alicia Le, Chu May Paing,  Juria Toramae, Lezhi Wang, Megan Hewitt, MK Long, Ni Luh Gede Sri Pratiwi, Paula Hendrikx, Peera Songkünnatham, Rieyen Dizon Clemente

Free and open to the public and held via Zoom. To register for a link:

Questions: Tyrell Haberkorn []

With support from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UW-Madison and the GETSEA Consortium.

ALC Student Highlights
Congratulations to our fall awardees!

Olivia Adelman (left) was awarded the 2020 Ellen and William E. Fisher Award for Chinese language students!

Christy Zheng (bottom, left) was awarded one of two 2020 Chou Kuo-P’ing Book Awards for Chinese language students!

Loreli Zhang Litney (bottom, right) was awarded one of two 2020 Chou Kuo-P’ing Book Awards for Chinese language students!
Graduate Student News

With support from the Graduate School Office of Professional Development, the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures invites you to two upcoming workshops with Maura Cunningham on how to work at the intersections of academic and public life. Please share with UW colleagues and humanities/social sciences students in your department and networks. Contact Tyrell Haberkorn [] with questions --  

One Degree, Many Paths: Alternative Possibilities for Your Post-Ph.D. Career

Thursday, 19 November

2-3:30 pm

Register for a Zoom link:

** Open to all UW-Madison graduate students. Registration with an email address required.** 

The academic job market has changed dramatically in recent decades (to say nothing of recent months), and many graduate students have realized that a tenure-track professorship is no longer their only—or even an attractive—employment option. We are increasingly discussing the importance of preparing for “alternative academic” (or “alt-ac,” for lack of a better phrase) careers, exploring the different paths one can pursue with a Ph.D. These range from academic administration or public-sector employment to journalism or non-profit work. A Ph.D. program offers training in many skills—research, analysis, program management, writing—that will serve students well when they enter the alt-ac job market. In this talk, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, who holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history and works in the non-profit sector, will discuss how to prepare for and find alt-ac jobs, as well as how to maintain an academic profile when following an alt-ac career path.

The “Crossover” Author: How to Translate Academic Rigor into Public Writing

Friday, 20 November

2-3:30 pm

Register for a Zoom link:

** Open to all UW-Madison graduate students. Registration with an email address required.** 

One of the most common frustrations expressed by academics is that journalists over-simplify complex issues and processes, “dumbing down” topics those academics have spent their careers researching. Yet when academics attempt to write for general audiences, the results often leave editors groaning and would-be authors frustrated. The key to becoming a successful “crossover” author is to develop two sets of skills: both area-specific knowledge and the ability to write in a fluid, readable manner. Additionally, writing for non-academic publications requires a different understanding of the relationship between author and editor, publishing timelines, and the meaning of the word “deadline.” In this session, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham will discuss these topics, explain how to get started in the field of public writing, and share her tips for crafting a successful pitch.

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is a writer and historian of modern China. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.A., 2004), Yale University (M.A., 2006), the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (graduate certificate, 2008), and the University of California, Irvine (Ph.D., 2014), as well as Chinese language programs in Beijing and Hangzhou. She is a social and cultural historian whose ongoing research projects include a study of child welfare in 20th-century Shanghai, a biography of cartoonist Zhang Leping, and a planned book on the legendary martyr Lei Feng. Maura was the editor-in-chief of The China Beat, a blog based at UC Irvine, between 2009 and 2012, and associate editor of ChinaFile during a fellowship at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in 2011-12. From 2014 to 2016, Maura served as a program officer at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where she co-directed the Public Intellectuals Program; in 2016, she became the digital media manager at the Association for Asian Studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a writer, her work has appeared at the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. She is the co-author (with Jeffrey Wasserstrom) of the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press in 2018. 

PA Position Opening
UHS Prevention & Campus Health Initiatives is happy to let you know that we are hiring for two 50% Graduate Assistants: One focused on Suicide Prevention and the other on our Healthy Academics Initiative. We would appreciate your assistance getting the word out!

Suicide Prevention PA position
This PA is involved with a variety of suicide prevention projects at UHS and has primary responsibility for training development, delivery, and supporting program evaluation. UHS currently offers a Suicide Prevention Training for UW-Madison Students available in Canvas. Over the next year, the SPGA will support the development and launch of future iterations of online suicide prevention training tailored to Faculty/Staff and Graduate/Professional Student audiences. A full position description and application is available HERE

Healthy Academics Initiative PA position
This PA is involved with a variety of Prevention and Campus Health Initiative projects at UHS, with a primary focus on advancing the Healthy Academics Initiative. This initiative addresses health-related issue areas (mental health, substance use, violence prevention, suicide prevention) to advance health equity among our students by cultivating the conditions for well-being in academic environments (teaching, research, and advising contexts). This PA will be responsible for synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based strategies in academic settings through consultations, presentations, and the continued development of the Healthy Academics ToolkitA full position description and application is available HERE

Please see the links above for more details and to apply. Application materials are due Tuesday, December 1. Both positions are for 50% appointments. We anticipate a January start date for both positions and seek applicants who are available for at least two semesters. 

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to support or add an important international and language component (including through support of in-country research/fieldwork) to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, and increased language proficiency.

Additional information on Boren Fellowships and the campus process is available at

There is also a recording of this fall's Boren Fellowships information session for UW-Madison grad students with Jeff Cary, Boren Awards director of outreach & recruitment, available for viewing @

The Boren Awards website is; applications for the 2021-2022 awards can be initiated at

The campus deadline for Boren Fellowship applications is January 4, 2021.

Have more questions? Contact Mark Lilleleht (, the campus Boren Fellowships representative.

((Undergraduates seeking more information about opportunities available through the Boren Scholarship can learn more following any of the links above and by contacting the UW-Madison's Boren Scholarships representative,

Study Space on Campus
With the end of semester nearing, many students are looking for places on campus for quiet study or to take an exam. A new website provides locations and links for spaces that require reservations and those that are drop-in. Masks must be worn at all times. Violators will be asked to leave and may face student conduct actions.
Undergraduate Events

Study Abroad in Japan Drop-In Advising

Monday, November 23, 2020 – 12PM-1PM, CST

Zoom Link:

Thinking about studying abroad in Japan? Though this year’s programs have been cancelled due to COVID, we remain positive about the future of study abroad. Deadlines for Academic Year 2021-2022 in Japan are coming up on December 4! Drop in over the lunch hour to talk with Rachel Weiss (ALC Undergraduate Advisor) and Andy Quackenbush (International Academic Programs - Study Abroad Advisor) to discuss any questions you might have.

International Academic Programs also offers virtual advising through drop in and appointments.  Check out our Introduction to Study Abroad Canvas course created to answer common study abroad questions!

Tonight @ 4 PM

MythBusters - Business Majors and Career Exploration Panel

Tuesday, November 17th from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM CST

Register Here

How do I know what major is right for me? How many majors do I need to have to land a job? How am I supposed to pick a career path to pursue? What do I need to be involved in? What should I be focusing on my first few years of college?

If you are a student interested in business and asking yourself these questions, don't miss our MythBusters panel on business majors and careers! WSB students will dispel rumors and share what they wish they had known when they were in your shoes.

You will have the opportunity to submit questions or myths in advance and we will also have plenty of time for Q&A. We hope to see you there!

Landscape & Urban Studies Major Info Session

November 18th, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Are you interested in a major recommended for those wishing to provide input on how the natural world and human dwelling can mutually and beneficially occur with a focus on cultural and natural resource protection, green infrastructure, social equity, and policy? If so the Department Planning & Landscape Architecture invites you to our Fall 2020 Virtual Open House for the Landscape & Urban Studies Major.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Campus Lectures
Center for South Asia Lecture Series
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 12-1 PM CST

"A Place to Call Home"

Ramya Ramanath (Associate Professor and Chair, International Public Service, DePaul University)
Zoom Access here
Friday Forum @ Center for Southeast Asian Studies
November 20, 2020 | Noon-1:30pm

"Making States, Claiming Subjects: The Politics of Religious Conversions in British Malaya"

Hanisah Binte Abdullah Sani
Visiting Associate, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies 
University of Michigan, Overseas Postdoctoral Fellow
National University of Singapore

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 993 8616 5623

Internships & Funding Opportunities
UW-Madison International Internship Program -- Applications Open

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center

For over 30 years, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has been at the forefront of training bilingual experts equipped to address complex Sino-global challenges around the world. Located in the vibrant and culturally-significant city of Nanjing, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides an authentic Chinese experience for graduate students who seek to study, discuss, and debate some of the most important issues faced by the world today, all while advancing their Chinese language skills.

Applications for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are now open! In particular, Boren scholars and fellows are encouraged to apply for a named $10,000 China Exchange Scholarship, which is offered to alumni of US Government-supported programs for Chinese language study in China. 

The Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2020.

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found here. The deadline is November 25.

CLS Scholarship Program Call for Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for intensive language study abroad in summer 2021. Full details are available hereApplication deadline is November 17, 2020.

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Undergraduates with questions about the Boren Scholarship should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs. The campus deadline for the 2021-2022 Boren Scholarship award cycle is December 4, 2020.

Graduate students interested in the Boren Fellowship should contact Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards, Institute for Regional and International Studies, with questions or for feedback on applications. The campus deadline for the 2021-2022 Boren Fellowship award cycle is January 4, 2021.

YES Abroad Call for Applications the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program is now accepting applications for the the 2021-2022 academic year. Complete details are available hereApplication deadline is December 8, 2020.

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022 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. For summer Hindi we require the equivalent of one year of prior Hindi 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 or other funding if available at their institutions to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu is available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure their own funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee's ranking of the applicants. AIIS will award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year and fall semester students, which would cover all expenses for the program.

Those eligible for these fellowships are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have had the equivalent of at least two years of prior language study by September 2021. AIIS offers Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall and academic year although fellowships would only be available for students who will have had the equivalent of two years of prior language study by the beginning of the program. AIIS will offer funding to masters students to complete a capstone project of their choosing upon completion of the summer program. The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:

CAORC Research Fellowships

CAORC (Council of American Overseas Research Centers) is now accepting application for two research fellowships. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is January 12, 2021.

Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation while providing full scholarships for ROTC students who take part in the program. Civilian students are also welcome to apply but will not be eligible for the Project GO scholarship.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Project Global Officer (Project GO) will host a summer 2021 Chinese language program in Taipei, Taiwan. The minimum qualifications to apply include good standing in ROTC and an equivalent of one year of university-level Chinese by May 2021. More information about the ERAU Project GO program can be found here.

SUMMER IN TAIWAN (May 7 - July 3)
This program is open to all students with some previous coursework in Chinese, and offers Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced courses. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2021.

Apply Here! 

Advising Available
To send items for the next ALC e-news please email:
Rachel Weiss 
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
(608) 890-0138      E-mail:

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