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The Office of International Affairs has awarded 33 students and faculty members grants as part of the 2009 grant competition. Totaling $90,000, the annual grant competition's purpose is to promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and peoples through academic study. Grants are given for projects that explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy, or socio-demographic aspects of a foreign region. Awards can be used to support research projects and student programs.

This year, eight faculty members have been awarded grants totaling $28,000. Twenty-five student recipients have been chosen to receive grants totaling $62,000.

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In collaboration with the Department of Theatre, the Korean Studies Initiative will present “Ka. Mu. Ak.: Expression of Korean Music and Dance” on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thurber Theatre at the Drake Performance and Event Center (1849 Cannon Dr.). The performance will feature a combination of local artists and visiting artists from Korea. Park Eun Ha, a percussionist from the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, flutist Park Hwan Young of Pusan National University’s Department of Korean Music, Shin Hyunsik playing zither, and the storysinging of Chan E. Park from OSU's Korean Studies Initiative will make up the ensemble. The performance is free, but a ticket is required. Call KSI at (614) 247-2546 or the Drake Box Office at (614) 292-2295 for ticket information.

Three Ohio State students have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholarship. John Bolam, Lowell Howard and John Dixon have all received the award for the 2009-2010 school year. Valued at up to $20,000, the award is given every year to U.S. undergraduate students to assist in facilitating study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. In 2009, 149 students received the scholarship to study less commonly taught languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

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Image Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Matthew Curtis, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Amelia Hubbard, Department of Anthropology, and David McLaughlin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, are the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants.

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As part of International Studies 65th Anniversary, four expert panelists will present "Change through Humanitarian Action" on Thursday, May 21 from 3:30-5 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall. The panelists will discuss  how the world is changing through humanitarian action via their work on the ground in advocacy campaigns, as servants in the medical field, or in humanitarian mission work.

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Nick Larigakis, President of the American Hellenic Institute in Washington, D.C., will present "Hellenic-American Relations - How can the Hellenic Community be a Dynamic Factor in America's Foreign Policy?" on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the EA Building, Room 160. Larigakis plans to discuss the expected Greek-American relationship during President Barack Obama's administration. The presentation is supported by the Hellenic Association at OSU, the Department of Greek and Latin, the Greek Olympic Society and the Office of International Affairs.

Ohio State University is among a small group of institutions of higher education across the nation to receive a federal grant to further economic development efforts throughout Africa. Researchers with Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are leading an effort to develop a West African agro-ecology program for sustainable food production in partnership with Universite Gaston Berger in Senegal, Africa.

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2009 Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients The Office of International Affairs recognized recipients of this year’s Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship this week at the 10th Annual Wolfe Study Abroad Recognition Luncheon. The 22 recipients were honored on May 5 at the Faculty Club, where they were congratulated by President E. Gordon Gee and other university leaders, past scholarship recipients, and John F. Wolfe, chairman and CEO of The Dispatch Printing Company. Each student was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help fund their study individual long-term study abroad programs.

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The 2nd Annual International Careers Week takes place May 11-15, 2009. Students interested in working overseas are encouraged to attend and learn how they can apply their foreign language skills and study abroad experience to an exciting international career. Students from all backgrounds and levels of overseas experience (even none!) are welcome to attend. All world regions will be covered.

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The Institute for Chinese Studies is hosting a poetry reading – “Inspiration of Spring: Masterpieces of Chinese Poetry Through Time” – on Thursday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Hagerty Hall Couryard (1775 College Rd.) and will feature selections of masterpieces of Chinese poetry shared by faculty and graduate students from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Tea and light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Jeff Chan or call (614) 247-7944.