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Building Research on Environmental Science in Indonesia: Walker DePuy

Walker DePuy (CLS 2014 Indonesian)’s Ph.D. research is on environmental anthropology, with a particular focus on Indonesia. His Alumni Development Fund enabled him to attend and present preliminary dissertation research at the East-West Center’s 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region in Honolulu. His presentation at the conference was entitled “T...
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Teaching Arabic in Utah: Christina Cannon

Christina Cannon (CLS 2014 Arabic) is an Arabic teacher at the high school level in Utah. The CLS Alumni Development Fund helped her attend the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio. At the conference, Christina was able to learn from fellow language teachers, including other Arabic instructors. She also presented a session “9...
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Introducing Turkish Culture to Americans: Alyssa Mathias

Alyssa Mathias (CLS 2014 Turkish) is a Ph.D student in ethnomusicology and served as the head of the UCLA Turkish Music Group for the 2014-2015 academic year. She used her Alumni Development Fund to host two cultural workshops at UCLA. The first was a dance workshop with instruction from a Turkish dancer and ethnographer who has a background in a variety of styles from across Turkey. 10 students p...
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Rasa’il, Connecting American and Moroccans through Letters

Nicholas Mickinski, Sidney Tolo, Julianna Renzi, Jane McDermott, and Samee Sulaiman (CLS 2014 Arabic) met while studying in Tangier on CLS together. After returning, they decided they wanted to use their knowledge of Arabic and passion for language learning and cultural exchange. They realized the ideal way of doing this would be to organize a pen-pal program connecting American high school studen...
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Addressing Gender-based Violence: Yasin Khan

Yasin Khan (CLS 2014 Urdu), a CLS 2014 Urdu Alumni, worked as a Violence Prevention Educator before entering graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health. Through her work, Yasin learned that gender based violence is the leading cause of injury to women in America and around the world; and that women in immigrant communities are particularly vulnerable to abuse due to cultural and linguis...
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