News and Stories

Studying and Bringing Arabic Opportunities to Others

By Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13)

Hi, everyone! My name is Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13), and I participated in the CLS 2013 University of Nizwa Arabic institute in Oman.

Prior to CLS, I studied international relations, the Middle East, and German language and literature at West...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on July 11, 2014


Working as a Nurse: A CLS Alumni Profile

Audrey Ferguson (Dhaka, Bangladesh ’11 and ’12) is a staff nurse on the Intermediate Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. She studied nursing and global affairs at George Mason University prior to obtaining this position.

What did you learn about nursing while you...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Researching Chinese Higher Education: A CLS Alumni Profile

Austin Volz (Chengdu, China ’13) is living and working in Shanghai, China as a Visiting Scholar at Fudan University.

Austin designed his own research program on liberal arts education in China and received a Harvard University – Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship that opened the door...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Alumni Update: Eric Shroyer (China ’13)

Eric Shroyer (Suzhou, China ’13) used his CLS Alumni Development Fund to prepare for the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (汉语水平考试) which is the Chinese government’s official examination for Mandarin language ability. Eric worked with Professor Tong Chen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Alumni Update: Kaylee Steck (Arabic ’13)

Kaylee Steck (Meknes, Morocco ’13) will travel to Morocco later this month to serve as a delegate for the 2014 U.S.A.-MAGHREB Youth Debates. She was selected to be part of a delegation of 15 Americans who will debate foreign policy issues with teams from Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, and...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Participating in ‘Sohbet’ in Istanbul

By Allison Kanner (Ankara, Turkey ’13)

Every Thursday morning, I leave my apartment in Kadikoy to go sit in a room full of women from across Istanbul, placing myself within a community that I have come to realize constitutes a unique and telling microcosm of this diverse, thriving...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Seeing the Seven Wonders of the World

How many of the Seven Wonders of the World might CLS participants have the opportunity to see? Only one of the traditional Seven Wonders of the Ancient World —the Pyramids of Egypt—is still standing. In 2007 over 100 million people cast ballots in an online vote to select the New...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014


Department of State AEIF 2.0 Initiative

ECA’s Alumni Affairs Division has a new initiative called “AEIF 2.0.” As some of you may be aware, the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) was created in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides...

Program News — Posted by Andrew McCullough on March 21, 2014