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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.

On Friday, May 8, the film "WINGS OF DEFEAT: Once, We Were Kamikaze..." will be shown at 7 p.m. in 155 Jennings Hall (1735 Neil Ave). Producer and director Risa Morimoto will be on hand to discuss the film, which tells the stories of surviving Japanese Kamikaze, military aviators who performed suicide attacks during World War II. The screening will offer viewers insight into the little-known lives of surviving kamikazes, their dramatic and horrific memories, and their struggle with survivor’s guilt 60 years later. The event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for The Ohio State University's East Asian Studies Center, and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Japanese Studies and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia-Ohio.

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On Wednesday, May 6, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Chinese Studies will host an evening of international film. This double-feature event will begin with the Chinese film “The Injustice to Dou E,” which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 40 Jennings Hall. The film will be shown and subtitled in Chinese. At 7:30 p.m., “El Caso Pinochet” will show in 180 Hagerty Hall as part of the spring Latin American Film series. The film will be subtitled in English. Both screenings are free and open to the public.

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Erin K. JenneErin K. Jenne, associate professor of international relations and European studies at Central European University in Budapest, will discuss her book Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment at noon Monday, May 4 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Winner of the center's Edgar S. Furniss Award, the book uses field research in Eastern Europe to explore conditions under which ethnic minority groups radicalize their demands against state governments. RSVP to powers.108@osu.edu by Thursday (4/30).

Ralpha GhadbanOn Monday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m., Ralph Ghadban, a German Islamic scholar and member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, will present “Islamic Law of Muslim Minorities in the West.” Ghadban will discuss the traditional Muslim view of the west as forbidden land to settle in, and the unexpected 20th century western migration that has lead to more than 1.2 billion Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. The lecture will take place in 306 Hagerty Hall (1775 College Rd.) and is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center and the OSU Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

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As part of the Future of the Past Lecture Series, the Institute for Chinese studies will welcome R. Kent Guy, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Washington, on Friday, April 24. Guy will present “The Development of Qing Studies: Retrospect and Prospect – Why Do Empires Kill?,” a lecture about justice and consistency in imperial legal systems. Guy will speak at 2:30 p.m. in 60 Jennings Hall (1735 Neil Ave.) The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies and co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center.

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On Thursday, April 23, Koo Jamyung, a notable Korean novelist, will present “Personal Journey into Korean Fictional World.” Jamyung will discuss globalization’s effect on Korea and Korean literature, and explore contemporary Korean writings, including her own. The lecture, which will take place in 115 Mendenhall Lab (125 S. Oval Mall) from 3:30 – 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Korean Studies Initiative. Jamyung will also host a minifiction writing workshop for students interested in Korean language and literature on Tuesday, April 21 from 4-5:30 pm in 388 Hagerty Hall (1775 College Rd.).

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