Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
27 October 2020
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Table of Contents
  1. Badgers Vote
  2. ALC Faculty Highlights
  3. Graduate Student News
  4. Undergraduate Events
  5. Campus Lectures
  6. Internships & Funding Opportunities
  7. Advising Available
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#Badgers Vote
  1. Students, check your I.D. 

    You’re ready to vote if you have one of these forms of photo I.D.: a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Wisconsin state I.D., U.S. passport, U.S. Uniformed Services card, Veterans Affairs I.D., tribal I.D. or Certificate of Naturalization. The address on your I.D. does not matter.

    If you don’t have one of the above, you can now download and print the UW–Madison voting-compliant I.D.. This is the same I.D. that is provided by the Wiscard Office in Union South, now available virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit (Need a printer? Make an appointment on campus)

    Remember, your Wiscard student I.D. cannot be used for voting. Visit for more info.

  2. In-person, on-campus early voting starts Tuesday, Oct. 20 (see attached map)

    City of Madison residents can complete the entire voting process, from registering to casting your ballot, in one visit at your choice of three convenient locations. Tents will be set up at Union South, Memorial Union and East Campus Mall outside the Student Activity Center from Oct. 20 through Oct. 30. Voting will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

    In the event of inclement weather, voting will take place inside Memorial Union; check @BadgersVote on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

    If an off-campus location is more convenient, check out this list.

If you have a question about how to vote, call or text the Wisconsin voter helpline, (608) 285-2141. Visit for more info.

ALC Faculty Highlights

Professor Tyrell Haberkorn has recently published an article, "The Fight for Democracy in Thailand," on the uprising in Thailand in Dissent Magazine.

Join Dr. Haberkorn and colleagues in Southeast Asian Studies for a panel discussion on the Uprising in Thailand. Details below...

Graduate Student News

The IRIS Awards office is sponsoring a virtual information session for UW-Madison graduate students interested in learning more the Boren Fellowship program:

Boren Graduate Fellowship Online Information Session
Thursday, October 29, 2020
3:00 – 4:00pm
Via Zoom:

Kyle Cox, the Boren Awards Outreach & Recruitment Analyst, will lead this session.

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

Join to learn more about the Boren Fellowships, what makes for a competitive application, eligibility, service requirements, and more.

Additional information on Boren Fellowships and the campus process attached and also available at

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

Register now to attend the virtual Seventh Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference!

When? Friday, Nov. 6 & Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 (Find a schedule overview here!)
Where? Virtual, Zoom (Please register here by Nov. 1 to receive Zoom links.)
What? Graduate students of UW-Madison, the Midwest region, as well as national and international graduate students present their Asia-related research. (Find a detailed schedule here!)

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jamie Newhard (Washington University in St. Louis)
When? Saturday, Nov. 7, 1:00-2:15pm
Title: "The Virtues of Modularity: Transmutations of the Liennü zhuan in Early Modern Japan"
Undergraduate Events

The Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS) Drop-In Tutoring Program is open for tutoring and ready to serve UW-Madison students!  Students can engage in tutoring in a variety of subjects, including Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, and so many more. 

We are specifically prepared and excited to increase tutoring support for students taking the following subjects:

  • Bio 151, 152
  • Physics 201
  • Math 100 level, 221, 222, 234, 340
  • Stat: 301, 302, 303, 304, 309, 324, 371
  • CS: 200, 240, 300
  • Psych: 202

Tutoring times range from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Monday thru Sunday.  Visit to view our Drop-In Tutoring schedule, which shows more specific information about all classes being tutored and the times at which tutoring is offered. 

Please email with any questions.


OCTOBER 30 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you interested in the world of museum studies and the possibility of finding work in this field?

Hear from a panel of professionals currently working at the Chazen Museum of Art here in Madison!

Meet the Panel:
Katherine Alcauskas, Chief Curator
Ale Nicolet, Director of Development
Candie Waterloo, Director of Education
James Wehn, Van Vleck Curator of Works on Paper

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 947 7661 2343
Passcode: 384429

The Chazen holds the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, and is the largest collecting museum in the Big 10. The collection is comprised of approximately 23,000 works of art covering diverse historical periods, cultures and geographic locations, from ancient Greece, Western Europe and the Soviet Empire to Moghul India, 18th-century Japan and modern Africa.

Language Alumni Panel: Post-Grad Planning
Friday, November 6 | Noon-1pm | Register

Learn from UW-Madison alumni using their language and linguistic skills across industries domestically and abroad (entrepreneurship, marketing, global logistics, government, education). Gain insight into exploring post-grad plans that suit your language skill ands interests.

Including Asian Languages & Cultures alumni:

  • Merritt Huang 
    • Program Manager for American Councils for International Education
    • Chinese Major
  • Tony Lathers
    • Global Logistics Manager, Trek Bicycle
    • Spanish & Chinese
  • Timothy Ryan Hadick (individual interview)
    • Digital Marketing Manager
    • Japanese Major
Campus Lectures
Center for East Asian Studies

Thursday, Oct. 29 |12 noon

"The One-Party State in China"

This session of the Department of Political Science's regular Comparative Politics Colloquium will feature new faculty member Reed Zhenhuan Lei, whose research focus is on modern Chinese politics:
Center for South Asia Fall Lecture Series

Caste, Indigeneity, Region, and Settler/Colonialism in Modi's India
Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 29, 2020
3-4:30 PM CST
RSVP here
Friday Forum @ Center for Southeast Asian Studies

October 30, 2020 | Noon – 1:30 P.M.

Wanjing Kelly Chen
Research Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Sovereign Debt in the Making:Financial Entanglements and Labor Politics along the Belt Road in Laos 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 923 8120 5917
Internships & Funding Opportunities

Asterism Healthcare is a small healthcare nutrition company based in Japan with a global remote team of advisors. They are seeking three virtual part-time interns for spring semester (but starting whenever available). The supervisor is an American expat who has built his career in Japan so Japanese is only required for the translation role, but helpful for any.

Based in Seoul, South Korea, International University Exchange Center (IUEC) offers English language classes and helps support Korean students applying to several schools and colleges in Wisconsin. IUEC is seeking students to teach part-time virtual English and STEM classes during the winter session. No STEM experience is required to lead instruction on public speaking, but STEM coursework/experience is needed for robotics, coding, and engineering classes. Orientation will begin at the end of December, and curriculum and training is provided. If interested, email Ms. Mihye Kim ( your resume and cover letter. Compensation is provided.

Additionally, IIP is offering spring virtual English teaching internships with IUEC.

Internships Available at WFAA

Prospect Research Intern:                                                                   

IT Helpdesk Intern:                                                                                

Summer 2021 Intern (variety of areas available):                     

The HACU National Internship Program recruits high-achieving Hispanic college students for paid summer- and semester- long internships aligned with their career goals at federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and private corporations throughout the country. These 10- and 15-week internships give students experience in a variety of careers in the federal and corporate sectors.  

Apply for the spring 2021 program by Friday, Oct. 30, or the summer 2021 program by Friday, Feb. 12. Please visit to view internship dates and apply online

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Deadline: November 1st.

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
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Rachel Weiss 
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
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