News and Stories

Benjamin Simington

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I wanted to study Hindi in order to deepen my understanding of Indian culture and history; studying a country's language allows for greater insight into the way the country is imagined and understood by its residents. What are your educational and/or professional goals? I desire to become a professor of medieval Indian history and an activist f...


Belle Cheves

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? Being able to work with Persian texts fluently is integral to my research.What are your educational and/or professional goals? Following the completion of my Masters at NYU I would like to pursue a PhD in History. (Achieved! Belle is starting her PhD program at Harvard University in fall 2015.)How do you plan to use your target language in the ...


Andres Fernandez

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? I always had a fascination for Russian culture and history, so I jumped at the first opportunity I had to learn the language at my university. I knew that learning this fascinating language would not only open doors for me in Russia, but throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union as well. What are your educational and/or professional go...


Amanda Wolfenbarger

How did you find out about the CLS Program? My alma mater, William and Mary, posted a link to the application on the Scholarship Facebook page. Why did you want to study your CLS target language? At the time I was beginning my search for opportunities to engage in international social work and found several potential programs where my study of Azerbaijani lines up with my career goals! I am ...


Alexis Sammarco

Why did you want to study your CLS target language? Before I started college, I had the option of studying Spanish or Arabic and I decided to challenge myself and try Arabic. I was immediately fascinated with the culture and beautiful sounds of the language. After three years, studying Arabic has changed the course of my educational and professional goals. What are your educational and/or profes...


Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference

By Ilene Gillispie (Chandigarh, India ’12 and ’13) and Soyna Kapoor (Chandigarh, India ’13)We (Ilene Gillispie and Soyna Kapoor) received a CLS Alumni Development Fund award to attend the annual “Sikholars: Graduate Student Conference” at Stanford University in February.The conference was an opportunity for Punjab and Sikh studies scholars to come together for discussion and collaboration, and is ...


Translating Comics for Health Education

By Jason Parad (Wonju, Korea ’13)As a participant in the 2013 CLS Program in South Korea, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jongwook Kim, one of the most esteemed physicians in Wonju City.Dr. Kim was also my CLS host father, and during our time together, I learned about his vision for improving health in Korea.  Dr. Kim aspired to design a series of comics that would educate the public a...


Reading Louis Cha's "The Eagle Shooting Heroes"

By Benjamin Reitz (Qingdao, China ’13)My first point of contact with Chinese culture was watching Bruce Lee use kung fu to crush the evil man with the metal claw in the Hong Kong/Hollywood mixer Enter the Dragon. I instantly became a big fan of Bruce Lee's movies and soon branched out to Jackie Chan movies, Steven Chow's kung fu comedies, Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, and the old-sc...