Monday, September 30, 2013

Khon Thai Classical Dance and Puppet Show

The newly formed GW Southeast Asian Association, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy, is hosting a Khon Thai Classical Dance and Puppet Show as performed by the Department of Fine Arts in the Ministry of Culture and the Joe Louis Theatre. The show weaves together intricate styles of dance and pantomime, with riveting stories from Thai tradition and contemporary figures like Michael Jackson. The Ambassador of Thailand to the United States, His Excellency Ambassador Chaiyong Satjipanon, will be gracing the event and giving an address before the show. If you are interested in learning more about a new culture, want to see a professional dance performance for free, or just want to support a new student group on campus, this is the event for you.

Wednesday, October 2 | 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm
Lisner Auditorium
Doors open at 7 pm
*Free Admission

Reserve your tickets at: 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

12th Annual Graduate Research Conference: Dynamics of the Twenty-First Century

The Graduate Society for International Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Studies, is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Graduate Research Conference to be held at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA on February 21, 2014. The conference title this year is "Dynamics of the Twenty-First Century."  

The event welcomes abstracts from programs including political science, economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration, business studies, criminology, women's studies, modeling and simulation, foreign languages, and intercultural studies. The conference is intended to be a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas among students interested in examining the challenges that the twenty-first century brings to the international system, and our increasingly interconnected societies and cultures.

If you would like to participate, please send a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference Coordinator, Scott Duryea, at: Include a cover sheet with the following information: name, mailing address, telephone number and email address, academic affiliation, and paper title.  

For more information, please visit the conference website at

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcoming Event: Teach for China Information Session

Established in 2008, Teach For China is a non-profit organization that takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity in China by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. Teach For China trains Fellows, places them in teams at schools with demonstrated need, and provides continuous support so that Fellows have a solid platform on which to bring significant gains to their students.

Jessica Shyu, Teach For China's Director of National Teaching Excellence and Leadership, and former Fellows will gather to discuss their experiences working and teaching in China. From challenges and successes in the classroom to our ongoing training and support program, this panel discussion will cover a wide range of topics from a variety of perspectives.

Please join us on Friday, September 27 at 12:30 pm at Georgetown's Career Education Center (Seminar Room 1).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Asian Language Resources

Looking for language resources to help you brush up prior to taking the Elliott School language proficiency exam? In addition to the many Chinese, Korean, and Japanese courses offered through GW's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures , there are numerous Asian language learning opportunities available on campus and around the city.  
On Campus:

1957 E St. NW Suite 503, Washington DC 20052
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin)
2147 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
**Classes expected to begin late in the fall semester**

801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 216, Washington, DC 20052
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean

Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean

Eckles Library, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Washington, DC 20007
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean

Off Campus:

1337 Connecticut Ave NW, #4, Washington, DC 20036
Asian Languages Offered:  Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Korean

DC Internationals; P.O. Box 21065, Washington, DC 20009
Asian Languages Offered:  Urdu, Hindi, Pashto

1720 I St NW, 7th floor, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006, United States
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Urdu, Malay

600 Maryland Ave SW  Washington, DC 20024 
Asian Languages Offered: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Urdu

Monday, September 23, 2013

Public Affairs and Communications Internship Opening for NBR

Public Affairs and Communications Internship
Washington, D.C.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Public Affairs and Communications Intern for its Washington, D.C., office, to support activities that interact with Congress, the media, the corporate sector, the diplomatic community, and the Obama administration. This unique experience provides exposure to a range of NBR research and programs, as well as introduces the intern to NBR’s network of scholars and stakeholders. Interns will learn how to effectively communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers, the media, and the corporate community, as well as help contribute to the policy-relevance of NBR’s work.
The Public Affairs and Communications Internship is an unpaid, volunteer, part-time (15 to 20 hours per week) position. The intern will be a key member of NBR’s Outreach team for 3 to 9 months, beginning January 2014. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Outreach. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend of $350 per quarter. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

  • Provide background research for staff meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill and with the corporate community
  • Assist with planning Outreach events, including briefings, discussions and conferences
  • Draft social media posts and implement social media strategies to increase NBR’s reach
  • Assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases and other materials
  • Develop new content for NBR’s website
  • Support NBR Washington, D.C. public events and other office needs as necessary
  • Answer incoming calls to the organization
  • Current BA/MA student or recent graduate, working toward or holding a relevant degree
  • A strong interest in learning about public affairs and communications
  • Excellent written, oral, research, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pay acute attention to detail, and demonstrated organizations skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Experience working with Congress, the corporate sector and/or academia preferred
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred
  • Familiarity with SharePoint, and knowledge of web/graphic design are a plus
Application Process
The deadline for applications is Friday, October 25, 2013; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, email:, phone (206) 632-7370.

Critical Language Scholarship Program for Graduate Students

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information Session

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) is pleased to host a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Information Session for GW graduate students. A CLS representative will be presenting at the session and will be available to answer questions about the scholarship. You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Tuesday, October 10, 2013 | 4:30PM
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW
Room 405 (4th Floor)
Washington, DC 20052

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critically needed foreign languages. The Critical Language Scholarship provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students in the following languages:
  • Arabic, Persian: Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced level;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced level;
  • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or Advanced level.
For more information about CLS, please visit: The deadline for the application is 15 November 2013.

If you are a GW graduate student and unable to attend the information session, please contact for more information.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Princeton in Asia

Are you a Senior or Recent Graduate interested in living and working in Asia for a year?

You should attend the upcoming Info Session for Princeton in Asia! Representatives from Princeton in Asia will be on hand to answer your questions.

Thursday September 26th at 4pm |
Colonial Crossroads, Marvin Center, Room 506

Contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research with questions or for more information at For more information on the Princeton In Asia program, please visit their website:

Announcing the eBay Policy Scholars

eBay has endowed a new fellowship program at GWU for students in economics, political science and international affairs. The company aims to support new thinking and research publications on issues in the field of economics, development, trade, law, political science, and international affairs related to the emergence of digital, Internet, and mobile technology and how they impact commerce.

Why should you apply?

Students chosen for this fellowship will benefit from free office space at eBay, research support, and a small stipend. This fall semester we will choose 2 students, one from the Colombian College (MA and Ph.D.) and one from Elliott (MA), for the Policy Fellowship. Students will be encouraged to publish their findings.

How to apply:

Send a one page overview of your research project to Be sure to delineate: what is the research question(s) you seek to answer; describe your research methods; and explain why eBay would be a good place to get feedback. Please also attach a ONE page bio.

Sample research questions:

What policies should governments in the developing world adopt to increase innovation and technology use?

Global Smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time in April 2013; what does the trend towards smartphones mean for the global economy?

What can policymakers do to reconcile divergent regional/national regulatory policies (such as those on privacy)? What does such divergence mean for the “one global Internet?”

These are broad research questions, and they merely serve as examples. Students should also consider more narrow research topics. Please send your 2 page application to Dr. Susan Aaronson by Sept. 20. eBay would like the Policy Scholars to start October 1, 2013.

What is the decision process? A committee comprised of faculty from Elliott, Economics, and Political Science will review all applications and announce the fellows by September 25.

Questions: Email Dr. Aaronson at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Language Study

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded to individuals pursuing professional, business, technical or academic careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. The grants fund an academic year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.
Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government/public service are encouraged to apply.

Eligible Languages
Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer and Burmese

Applicant Eligibility
·         Pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of an East or SE Asian language
·         Have a college undergraduate degree by the time language program starts
·         Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the Grant Guidelines
·         Able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study
·         Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
·         Applications must be postmarked by December 30, 2013.  Grants awarded April 2014.

For application forms and further information go to

The Sigur Center's Newsletter Has Been Published for Fall 2013

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies has published the Fall 2013 issue of our newsletter, The Asian Connection. This issue covers Sigur Center events and developments from the past Spring and Summer.  

Click on title above to view the newsletter. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

University of Virginia Job Opening: Assistant Coordinator for East Asian Studies

Posting Number: 0612822

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Employment Posting Category: University Staff

Department: Dean's Office, Arts and Sciences

Location: Charlottesville

Working Title: Outreach Coordinator

Anticipated Hiring Range: $40,713 - $49,000

Posting Date: 08-27-2013

Posting Summary:

The Asia Institute of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is seeking an Outreach Coordinator to organize and oversee its programmatic affairs. The duties include overseeing outreach activities internal and external to the University. The incumbent is responsible for facilitating on Grounds lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, arts events and informational events, and event planning; and off Grounds, to organize, plan and carry out in-service training for K-12 educators and learning opportunities for public school students. The incumbent will also compose and edit center newsletters in conjunction with graduate student workers, maintain and update center websites and help track UVA alumni who have minored or majored in either East Asia or South Asia studies, with the help of graduate student workers. The position reports to the Director of the Asia Institute.  

Required Applicant Documents:
CV / Resume
Cover Letter
Contact information for 3 References - name, email, phone

For a detailed summry and to apply for this position, please search for position number 0612822  at: