International Education Week is International Education MONTH at UWM!

IE Week 2015

The Center for International Education and other departments across campus hold a variety of internationally-focused programming during November.

Chinese Day at UWM

November 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm | Union Concourse

Sponsored by the UWM Chinese Program

Join the UWM Chinese program students and faculty for a celebration of Chinese language and culture featuring eight cultural booths and performances such as the traditional lion dance and martial arts demonstrations.

“I don’t want to say the Revolution is over” and other stories from Egypt

November 5th from 12:00-1:00pm | Northwest Quadrant B7578

Sponsored by UWM Women’s & Gender Studies

Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature as part of the UWM Women’s & Gender Studies Brown Bag Series.

Korea Day at UWM

November 7th from 3:00am to 7:30pm | Zelazo Center

Sponsored by the UWM Korean Community and UWM Center for International Education

An opportunity to learn about Korea on UWM campus! The event includes various Korean cultural events such as Taekwondo demonstration, Korean popular music and dance (K-pop), Storytelling in Korean, and Traditional percussion instrument performance. There will also be a classical music concert beginning at 7:30pm featuring UWM Orchestra (Professor Jun Y. Kim, conductor) playing Korean pieces and world-class pianist Miss Yeol Eum Son. These performances will expose the rich Korean cultures and traditions to the UWM community and the area residents.  Free Korean food available.

25 Years Later- The Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9th at 6:00pm | Curtain Hall 175

Sponsored by the UWM German Program and the Goethe House Wisconsin

The German Department at UWM invites you to help commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition to a documentary film on the wall, the evening’s program will feature panel of speakers who will share both personal and professional perspectives on the wall. Two speakers (Eveline Kehlert and Fabian Klein) will share their lived experience, while two others (Dr. Winson Chu and Sigurd Piwek) will discuss the wall’s significance from historical and pedagogical perspectives.

Understanding Muslims: Islamophobia and Turning Villains into Heroes

November 10 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm | UWM Student Union, Wisconsin Room

Sponsored by UWM Institute of World Affairs, UWM Student Union, and UWM Cultures and Communities Program, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC)

The Institute of World Affairs presents Wajahat Ali, a journalist for Al Jazeera America who will discuss the misperceptions surrounding Muslim-Americans in the post-9/11 climate. He will reveal the true nature of this complex issue and how it can be overcome.

Venus: Abolition Discourse, Gendered Violence and the British Caribbean

November 13 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm | Holton Hall, 341

Sponsored by UWM’s Department of Africology, Department of History, Comparative Ethnic Studies program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Women’s Resource Center

Dr. Marisa J. Fuentes, Rutgers University, uses stories of four enslaved women to confront the space between historiography, the archive, and theories of enslaved female subjection.

“A Town Called Brzostek” A Documentary Film

November 12 at 7:00pm | Curtin Hall, 175

Sponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

Director Simon Target follows the story of the British professor Jonathan Webber as he journeys to restore an abandoned Jewish cemetery in a sleepy part of southern Poland. Both the unsuspecting inhabitants of Brzostek and the descendants of Brzostek’s Jews are thrown back into their own past, coming together to witness an once-in-a-lifetime event that firmly cement Brzostek in history. Director Simon Target will present a talkback moderated by Neal Pease.

“The Norman Conquest of Ireland: Linguistic and Cultural Implications”

November 16th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm | Hefter Center

In this talk, Keith Busby of University of Wisconsin-Madison examines the use of French both before and after the arrival of the first colonists in 1169. He sheds new light on the corpus of medieval French texts composed in Ireland, including an important new discovery concerning the work of Jofroi de Waterford. After considering the persistent image of Ireland as a land of marvels in French literature composed outside of Ire-land, he returns to the question of multilingualism and concludes by looking at the use of French as a memorial language on medieval gravestones in southeastern Ire-land. The talk is richly illustrated.  

“The Return” A Documentary Film

November 16 at 7:00pm | UWM Union Cinema

Sponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

With no access to their heritage, four women are forging a new sense of self. In the country that was once the epicenter of the Jewish world, and now regarded as “the Jewish graveyard,” they are figuring out how to be Jewish in today’s Poland. Director Adam Zucker will present a talkback moderated by Neal Pease.

Careers Across the Map

November 17th 11-2pm (3 event series)| Locations Vary

Sponsored by the UWM Center for International Education and UWM Chapter Epsilon Xi

Meet the Ambassador Robert Neus!

From 11-noon Ambassodor Robert Nues, the Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will have a Q&A table in the Union. From noon to 1, there will be a brown bag lunch (location TBA) where the conversations can continue!

Talk on Careers with the US Foreign Service

From 1-2pm in the AGS Library Ambassador Nues will speak about what it takes to work in the US Foreign Service and share the experience he has in this field as Consular Section Chief, for the U.S Embassy Zagreb, a member of the Emergency Action Committee and the Croatia Consular Corps, the U.S. Ambassador’s representatives to the board of the American International School, and the chairperson of the International cooperative administrative support services committee, which makes resource decisions for the Embassy.

Trips Around the World

November 17, at 1:00pm | UWM Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, 1150

November 18, at 1:00pm | Lubar s230

November 19, at 1:00pm | UWM Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, 1150

Sponsored by UWM English as a Second Language Department

International students from the Intensive English Program invite you to join them on insightful, multicultural tours of their countries. During these short presentations, you will meet students from China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan, and discover the beautiful, unique highlights of their homes around the world.

“International Coffee Hour” Presents American Indian Nations

November 18th from 2:30-3:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union W198)

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, the Inclusive Excellence Center, and the Center for International Education


This month, in honor of American Indian Heritage Month, we’re putting a spin on the concept of “international” by exploring American Indian nations within the United States. The federal government recognizes 562 “domestic dependent nations” or tribes in the U.S. These sovereign nations preserve their right to self-government and have unique cultures and customs. Join us for traditional snacks, music and mingling while learning a bit about American Indian history, geography, cuisine, arts and entertainment. Be sure to stop by and say Bozhoo!

Global Studies Fellows Colloquia

November 19th 12-1:45pm | Garland 104

Sponsored by UWM Center for International Education

The Center for International Education welcomes its sixth cohort of Global Studies Fellows for the 2015/16 academic year. Associate Professor of Freshwater Sciences and Director of the Center for Water Policy Jenny Kehl, Professor of Architecture James Wasley, and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies Oriol Mirosa will present their latest research on water, sustainability, environmental justice, and the role these factors play in the urban arena.

These colloquia are a prelude to CIE’s April 2016 annual conference: Water-Centric Cities!

H1B to Permanent Residency Workshop

November 19 at 2:00pm-4:00pm | Holton Hall, 180

Sponsored by UWM Center for International Education

Please join us to learn about the process of switching your H1B visa to permanent residency. Immigration Advisor will be available to answer any immigration questions you may have at the end.

FLAS Fellowship Information for Less Commonly Taught Language Students

November 20 at 3:00pm-4:00pm | Garland Hall, 104

Sponsored by UWM Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies and UWM Center for International Education

Learn more about UWM’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program requirements and applications. Plan ahead to apply for Summer 2016 Intensive Language Study or Academic Year 2016/17 FLAS Fellowships to support your language and area or international studies, at UWM or abroad. FLAS-eligible languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian. Graduate students studying other less commonly taught languages of Latin America and the Caribbean are also eligible to apply.

4th Lusophone and Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

November 21st from 9:00am to 6:30pm | UWM Curtin Hall, 175

Sponsored by Xunta de Galicia: Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria, UWM Office of Research, UWM Graduate School, UWM Humanities, UWM Department of Linguistics, UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Milwaukee and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Madison are pleased to announce the 4th UWM Symposium on Lusophone and Hispanic Linguistics (SLHL 4)! This Symposium will include presentations on different fields of descriptive, applied or theoretical linguistics from a synchronic or diachronic perspective. Language contact issues will be highlighted in this event. The Keynote Speaker for the event is Rosario Alvarez a distinguished professor of Galician and Portuguese Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela.


Local Youth Explore Global Issues of Xenophobia and Extremism

IWA Cross the Line Actvy

On October 23rd, IWA partnered with Serve 2 Unite and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for European Studies on a workshop for grades 7-9 on the theme of xenophobia and extremism.  The workshop was designed to bring students together from diverse backgrounds to explore how these complex global issues are currently playing out in Europe and in our local lives and communities.  Approximately 100 middle and high school students participated in the workshop from Kettle Moraine Global, Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, Milwaukee School of Languages, and Westside Academy II.

Through the activities, students discovered the common experiences and emotions they share with one another and with individuals and families around the world.  Break-out sessions examined the role of language in dehumanizing individuals and groups and the challenge in shifting the mindset of individuals who may have been drawn into xenophobic or extremist movements.

Through a media literacy activity exploring the current refugee crisis in Europe and an art project to express solidarity with local immigrant-owned businesses impacted by xenophobia, students also explored the role individuals can play to overcome divisions and understand one another.

As part of the workshop, students had the opportunity to participate in a Skype session with London-based Yasmin Mulbocus, a former member of the radical Islamist group Al Muhajiroun.   For over ten years, Yasmin has been active in interfaith dialogues and initiatives to counter extremism. She described the childhood experiences that led her to join an extremist organization and the ways she has rebuilt her life since breaking ties with the group.

IWA Skype Yasmin

Here are some of the comments students shared in their final written reflections:

“We are all equal and no one is alone.”

“I learned that people fear but the courage to persevere is more powerful no matter how bad of a place you are in.”

“I learned that life can be tough but there might be a gateway to having a better life and achieve things you want to do.”

“I think this will make me a better person and it’ll help me understand things better in the world. “

“I never thought that people would understand the struggle that happens in the world.  I thought the people really didn’t care about the world.”

“I learned about things I never knew about and I also got much much more inspired to spread happiness and positivity.”

“Today I learned I can make a difference in this world.”

The workshop is part of IWA’s growing global education programming for local youth.  Stay tuned for a number of exciting youth programs coming up in 2016!!

This workshop was made possible through a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education and through support from Arts @ Large.

Faculty/Academic Staff Travel Awards to Support Overseas Field Research Experiences for Undergraduates

research students in Kenya building mud oven

The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in Spring or Summer 2016.

These awards are intended to help defray the costs associated with students traveling abroad to participate in faculty research. The committee has strongly favored applications that have focused most (or all) of the budget on the needs of the students, but the awards can also be used to fund faculty and academic staff travel. All travel expenses must be in accordance with UWM and UW System travel policies. Allowable travel costs include: transportation, lodging and per diem expenses. Awards may not be used to pay for faculty salary and benefits. Other anticipated research costs may be considered by the selection committee and should be listed and explained in the proposal budget; please note, however, that the primary purpose of these funds is to support travel rather than faculty members’ research expenses.

Overseas field research experiences are intended to advance students’ understanding of both the world beyond U.S. borders and how research is conceptualized and conducted. Applicants for these awards should:

  • Demonstrate existing relationships to support the current research;
  • Identify the anticipated research question(s) that students will address;
  • Describe preparation for the students, to include training in research methods, intercultural competency, and foreign language (if applicable);
  • Be able to sustain the research experience without the expectation of future funding (applicants should not expect ongoing funding through this initiative);
  • Explain anticipated outcomes of the research, along with a plan for dissemination; and
  • Consider the potential for collaborating with UWM colleagues to develop a shared overseas research site to host repeat visits.

Full details including application guidelines can be found in the Call for Applications. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 29, 2016.

Request for Proposals: Global Studies Research Fellows

The Center for International Education seeks applications from UWM faculty who will serve as Global Studies Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2016/17.

Global Studies Research Fellows will receive one course reduction per semester in order to advance their research on topics relating to globalization, its cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. High quality research proposals on interdisciplinary globalization themes are eligible for funding; however, strong preference will be given to applicants focusing on topics related to the Center’s 2017 annual conference theme: Diversities.

Diversity is not only an ideal; it is a permanent feature of the global age. It characterizes most contemporary human experience and society, with profound social, cultural, political, economic, linguistic, legal, commercial, and artistic implications. Our diverse world finds itself disrupted by violence, yet violence inherent in dreams of purity ends up only accelerating the dispersion of lives, perspectives, experiences, and representations. The Center for International Education calls for proposals for its Global Studies Fellows program on themes including but not limited to: alternative forms of social integration conducive to diverse lives; diverse identity formations and struggles for autonomy; emergent demographic and social patterns around the world; the dynamic interplay of multiple-origin, transnationally connected, socially, economically and legally differentiated immigrants; emergent forms of non-exclusive citizenships; exiled and displaced lives; accelerated human movement, from refugees, professionals, farm workers, asylum seekers to diasporas of various kinds; nativism and its consequences; and the use of the universal language of human rights to fight for particular diversities.

Faculty of all ranks are invited to submit their 3-5 page proposals describing their specific research plans for the funding period (Fall 2016-Spring 2017). Successful applicants are expected to meet monthly, discuss their research findings and collaborate with other fellows at two colloquia per semester, and to present their research at a CIE-sponsored symposium or conference in Spring 2017. Scholars will not be “in residence” within the Center but, instead, will be offered opportunities for collaboration, research support, and publication. The Fellow’s school/college or department will receive $7000 to defray expenses resulting from the Fellow’s associated course load reduction.

If you are interested in applying, please reference the Request for Proposals and application form for full information.

Funding Opportunities for UWM Foreign Language Instruction and Sociocultural Programming

The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Language Resource Center invite faculty and lecturers from UWM language programs to apply for funding to support professional development activities, course development, and sociocultural programming.

CIE has received funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Centers program to support the efforts of strengthening K-16 global education and expanding national capacity in less commonly taught languages (LCTL). Linked below are three separate applications:

  1. Less Commonly Taught Languages/Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum Course Development Funding – Deadline November 30, 2015
  2. Professional Development Travel Funding for UWM Faculty and Lecturers in Less Commonly Taught Languages – First round deadline October 12, 2015; second round November 30, 2015; third round February 1, 2016 (Please also reference the list of suggested language conferences and workshops.)
  3. Funding for Sociocultural Programs in the Languages – First round deadline October 12, 2015; second round November 30, 2015; third round February 1, 2016

Summer 2016 Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

The following is a tentative list of Summer 2016 faculty-led study abroad programs:

  • Asia – Lubar School of Business
  • Geography – College of Letters and Science
  • France – College of Letters and Science
  • France – School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • France – Lubar School of Business
  • Germany – Lubar School of Business – EY Graduate Accounting
  • Ireland – Celtic Studies – College of Letters and Science
  • Italy – American Sign Language – Exceptional Education
  • Italy – Peck School of the Arts
  • Japan – Foreign Languages and Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Japan – School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Morocco – Linguistics – College of Letters and Science
  • Poland – Foreign Languages & Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Scotland – School of Information Studies – Archives
  • South Africa – Anthropology – College of Letters and Science
  • Spain – College of Letters and Science
  • Sweden – Foreign Languages and Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Taiwan – College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • United Kingdom – Peck School of the Arts
  • United Nations – Political Science – College of Letters and Science

Watch for more information coming soon!

Marketing Internship Opportunity in Barcelona with trip4real

Barcelona based travel-startup, trip4real, is on the hunt for a savvy international intern. Founded in 2013, trip4real is a community marketplace where travelers can book tailor-made experiences created and led by locals. Our platform makes it possible for people from all over the world to connect over common interests and shared travel experiences. In two years we’ve expanded to Amsterdam, London, Lisbon and Rome. We have our eyes set on Berlin and Istanbul next and we’re looking for a passionate wanderlust and PR enthusiast to help us spread the word and grow internationally. This is a great chance to gain start-up experience in a fast-paced, multicultural environment. Our community is 40,000 strong and growing. We’d love for you to join us!

Our motto: You only truly know a place when you know its people.

The team: We work out of a large co-working office in the Gracia neighborhood. We’re an international team of 12. Check us out here.

Trip4real mission: Make it possible for travelers to experience a city like a local, and empower locals to make money doing what they love as guides.

Your role:

  • International media relations and story pitching
  • Social media and influencer campaigns
  • Content creation and blog writing
  • Talk about trip4real at meet-up events and intl. events in Barcelona
  • Review trip4real activities, take pictures and write about them for the blog
  • Find new locals to join the website in our new markets
  • Research potential brand and university partners in the States and internationally

Perks: College credit, start-up experience and a trip4real activity stipend to use in sunny Barcelona.

In the news: The Guardian, NY Times, National Geographic, Buzz Feed, Forbes

Interested applicants should write to Natalie answering the following questions:

What inspires you to travel and work abroad?

What about trip4real catches your attention?

If you were a city which city would you be?

Which trip4real activity do you want to try first?

Natalie is the Director of Brand for trip4real and a UWM Global Studies alum.

+34 633. 291.503

Alumni Stories: Natalie Batlle (Global Studies/Global Security ’08)


Since graduating from UWM in 2008 with a degree in Global Studies I’ve worked in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Barcelona, Spain. My Global Studies degree has served me like a passport, opening doors to new cities, cultures and diverse experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to access on my own. Today I’m the Brand Director for an exciting travel start­up called​ ​trip4real​. This peer­to­peer platform enables residents to take part of the tourism ecosystem, while at the same time giving travelers the inside edge. With trip4real travelers can make real connections with their hosts, discover local trends and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. Kind of perfect for someone with a background in international studies, don’t you think?

The truth is I love my job. I’m the voice of the brand and the strategist behind our international expansion and communications efforts. On any given day I’m meeting with travelers and locals at one of our tours or telling media about our story and mission. Plus it keeps me traveling. Which has always been a passion of mine. This year I’ve hosted media events inside the iconic​ ​St.Pancras Clock Tower​, presented trip4real to the European Commission in Brussels and participated in a host of roundtables about the future of the sharing economy and the travel industry at large.

I wasn’t sure what I would do with my degree when I switched to Global Studies my sophomore year. I have always been interested in politics and international communications and so I immediately took to the curriculum. I cherished the lively debates we had in our public policy and politics of human rights classes. My professors were passionate and taught us to debate with facts, not pre­conceived notions. Looking back I realise I also belonged to a great class. We enjoyed one another’s company and supported each other’s personal projects from art shows to documentary screenings. Many of us still keep in touch today, and it’s great to see so many of them succeed as filmmakers, journalists, producers, humanitarians and business leaders. UWM provided the foundation to help me arrive to where I am today and I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Center for International Education as an ambassador for the Global Studies program. It’s exciting to think about what’s next!

Deadline Extended for CIE’s Video Contest!

UWM’s Center for International Education is sponsoring a video contest. Please submit a video showcasing your international experiences. Below are some suggested themes for your video:

  • Global Learning
  • Destination USA
  • Internationalization in Action
  • Study Abroad
  • Overseas Research

The winner will receive a GoPro camera!

Deadline for entries: Tuesday October 20, 2015

Submission guidelines are available here.

Call for Research on Discrimination and Education Abroad

As part of their Global/Diversity Initiative, and supported by a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Grant, the Center for International Education (CIE) and Global Inclusion and Engagement (GIE) are collaborating in the development of programs and resources to support students who are vulnerable to discrimination and intolerance while studying in a foreign country. To advance this initiative, CIE and GIE are seeking partnerships with UWM faculty and graduate students engaged in research in related fields. As partners, researchers will have access to CIE personnel working in the offices of overseas programs and partnerships, international student and scholar services, academic programs, and the Institute of World Affairs. Partners will have opportunities to discuss their research with faculty and staff at Global/Diversity workshops and their research will directly influence Global/Diversity programming. Modest amounts of funding may become available for conference travel and technical support. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • discrimination on college campuses
  • international student resources
  • international student experiences of inclusion/exclusion
  • minorities studying abroad
  • factors influencing students’ decisions to study abroad
  • negotiating identity when studying abroad
  • white privilege in international contexts
  • sex/gender in international education
  • LGBTQ students studying abroad
  • education abroad for students with disabilities

Submissions from any discipline and research at any stage will be considered. Partners will be selected based on the relevance of their research to programmatic needs and feasibility.

Interested faculty and graduate students should submit their CV and a 500 word abstract describing their research project by September 25, 2015. Please send all inquiries and submissions to Eric Herhuth (