News & Events

Thee visiting faculty join the Department

Dunja Jelesijevic, Guanlan Xu, and Noriko Higashitani will join the faculty beginning this fall until the end of the academic year. Jelesijevic replaces David Mills, who retired at the end of June 2015 after 45 years of distinguished service. She is a specialist of premodern Japanese literature and religion and is now finishing her PhD degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. Guanlan Xu holds an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Iowa and a second M.A. degree in classical Chinese literature. She fills in for Wan-Ching Hsieh for the upcoming year. Higashitani just completed her MA in Japanese as a Foreign Language at the University of Kansas. She will replace Stephen Luft, who is now serving as resident director of Year-in-Japan program at Konan University (Kobe). She will teach language courses and serve as Academic Advisor for Chinese and Japanese majors. Please join us in welcoming three visiting faculty to our Department.

Chantel Furbert awarded a Bridging Scholarship
Chantel Furbert has been awarded a Bridging Scholarship for the Fall of 2015. Congratulations to her and to the Japanese program. She will use the money to study at Konan in the coming year. Her area is language and linguistics. Here is more information about the award:
Four students are awarded CLS Scholarships
Sam Gonzales on the eastern summit of Huashan, China

Spencer Brown, Samuel Gonzales, and Rebecca Wallace were awarded Critical language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institute to Study Chinese. Christine Matt is currently studying in Japan with the same award.

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recognizes Chinese Major

Patrick Farrell was awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. He is a triple major in Chinese, Political Science, and Economics.

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Amgen Scholars Award

Carly O'Conner, a double major in Japanese and Neuroscience, was awarded an Amgen Scholars Summer Research Award for 2015. She is working on a project at Tokyo University with applied genetics, studying female mamillary oocyte development and fertility.

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Gilman Scholarship Winners

We congratulate two EALL majors, Jason Roberson and Abigail Smith, who were awarded a Gilman Scholarship. They are both planning to study in Japan during the Fall term of 2015. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

2015 EALL Departmental Awards

2015 awards for outstanding performance in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean were awarded to Rebecca Wallace, Douglas McNeil, Christina Matt, Sarah Dopierala, Sarah Horton and Alyson Caito.

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Chinese and Japanese Language Programs Seek Part-time Instructors

Openings are available for Summer or Fall 2015.

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DEALL Welcomes New Faculty Members

Joining the DEALL faculty are one instructor teaching Korean language and five part-time instructors of Chinese language.

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Summer 2015 Courses are Announced

Your summer plans may include enrolling in one of our Summer Programs.

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Luft to Lead a Year-in-Japan Program at Konan

Dr. Stephen Luft has been named resident director of the Konan-Illinois Year-in-Japan program. His appointment begins in July 2015.

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Six Students Graduate with BAs in December

Fourteen students (three in Chinese and eleven in Japanese) received their bachelor’s degrees during the December 14, 2014 graduation ceremony.

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Departmental Welcome

Many faculty members of EALL gathered on September 12, 2014, at the University Club to celebrate the new academic year.

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Kakehashi Project Takes Shape

EALL hosted the first batch of Kakehashi Project students—13 college students from Japan on Pitt campus March 8-11, 2014.

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EALL Student Honored with 2015 Emma Locke Award and Humanity in Action Fellowship

Chinese major Audrey-Marie H. Winn adds the 2015 Emma Locke Award to her list of accomplishments. She graduated this April of 2015 with a triple major in Chinese, philosophy, and English writing. 

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