Four CU-Boulder students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarships. The CLS program supports intensive study in important languages for international work and relations including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
For participants in CU-Boulder’s Global Seminar in Tanzania the past two summers, the program is long over. Yet several of the students were so inspired by the experience, they’re still engaged with the program. They’re working to bring a safari guide they met during the program to campus this spring for the Conference on World Affairs.
For Bud Coleman, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance, a Fulbright grant to teach in Japan was an opportunity to open a window on American identity for Japanese students.
A CU-Boulder faculty member since 1993, Coleman lectured on American culture as portrayed in musical theatre, American drama, and film at Waseda University and Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo in 2009-10. The students, who spoke fluent English, were American studies majors preparing for international careers in business or law.