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Pitt-in-Japan students in Todaiji, Japan

Why East Asia Matters

Prepare yourself to meet diversity in thought and lifestyle, and communicate in the languages more than one and half billion people speak on the planet. Work in a range of professions—in diplomacy, journalism, IT, business, law, teaching, public relations—and become part of the global citizenry. EALL develops essential skills in research and critical thinking, writing, and reading that will help your personal growth.

News and Events

Chinese Program wins STARTALK grant

EALL is the recipient of the prestigious STARTALK grant, the first and only such Chinese language program to be so recognized in Western Pennsylvania. The grant was written by Juchun (Vanessa) Wei and Fan Fan. The STARTALK grant will enable EALL’s Chinese language program to offer a three-week (June 22–July 14), non-residential language and culture summer camp to twenty students (rising ninth to twelfth graders) on Pitt Oakland campus. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in cultural activities, sports, and fieldtrips to local Chinese grocery stores, community centers, and restaurants in the afternoon. Contact the program director, Vanessa Wei, at startalk@pitt.edu for further information.

The highly competitive STARTALK grant program is an initiative of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is currently overseen by National Security Agency (NSA). Find out more about the STARTALK program here.

Upcoming Colloquia

The remaining EALL colloquia for Spring 2017 will feature our graduate students: February 17: Yixin Liang; March 31: Sandi Ward; April 14: Aijie Shi. They will be held on Fridays at noon, in room 4130 WWPH.  Please plan to join us. 

Interns in Japan announced

Four Pitt students accepted for paid internships in Japanese companies this year. Congratulations to these students. Interested in internships next year? Contact Brenda Jordan at the Asian Studies Center.
 
Glen Ayes (University of Pittsburgh): Central Glass, Matsusaka (Mie Prefecture), Japan. Active Expert Center. (One year internship.)
Oliver Jia (University of Pittsburgh): Central Glass, Ube Plant. Ube (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Japan. Management Department. (Summer internship.)
Andrea Hall (University of Pittsburgh): Central Glass, Kawasaki Plant. Kawasaki (Kanagawa Prefecture), Japan. Production Department. (Summer internship.)
Benjamin Tydings (University of Pittsburgh): Taiheiyo Cement, Sakura City (Chiba Prefecture), Japan. R&D Department I (Chemistry). (Five-month internship.)

Colloquium, Zhen Wang, MA Candidate, Transcendence and Return: Re-interpreting and Re-envisioning Urbanization in Contemporary Chinese Art

Friday, January 13, 2017. 12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH. 

December 9 EALL Special Colloquium with Wende Dikec

How foreign language study influences career paths will be the topic of EALL's second colloquium of the fall term. Japanese majors Emma Lurye and Jessica Shilling will host a panel discussion with Ms. Wende Dikec, class of 1989. The discussion will be held in the Korean Nationality Room (304 Cathedral of Learning) at noon on Friday, December 9, 2016.  A pizza lunch will follow in the department's seminar room (2712 Cathedral of Learning).  All are invited. 

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Echo Strategies partners with EALL for Japanese Language Internship in Pittsburgh

Echo Strategies has recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures to offer a local internship to Japanese language majors. This internship involves pilot-testing questionnaires targeted at Japanese audiences and translating responses into English. Jessica Shilling and Emma Lurye are the first two Japanese majors to serve as interns for Echo Strategies.

First EALL Colloquium features Pitt Alumna Elizabeth Oyler

We are proud to present our new Associate Professor, Elizabeth Oyler, as our first presenter in the EALL Colloquium series.  The title of the talk is "Framing Movement and Stasis: Stage Properties in the Noh Yuya and Ohara gokō"

The talk will be Friday, November 11, 2016, in room 4130 WWPH.   

Alumna Dedicates Book to Japanese Faculty

The Japanese Language faculty were honored to have a book dedicated to them.