World Studies Summer Newsletter - July 2016

July 20, 2016


VCU School of World Studies Newsletter

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Global Cafe
July 20th, 4-6 pm, West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J

Get to know students from all over the world at VCU's Global Cafe! During this casual time of socializing, students, staff and community visitors come together to relax with friends, enjoy refreshments, contribute ideas and discuss upcoming semester activities. Everyone is welcome! For mroe information, contact pam haney (804-828-8309) or Nichole George (804-827-9331).

Young Professionals Board Training
July 21st, 6:30-8:30 PM, 409 E. Main Street

Interested in joining a local non-profit board? Want to learn what it takes to be a board member?  The Richmond AmeriCorps Alums Chapter is hosting a Board Training specifically for young professionals in the Richmond area. Come learn about roles and responsibilities of board members, how to join a board, and hear real life experiences from current board members representing non-profits across the Richmond Area. RSVP to by Tuesday, July 19th. 

World Studies Opportunities

Patient Care Coordinator, U.S. Referrals Program
The World Pediatric Project is currently accepting applications for a Patient Care Coordinator, responsible for the primary case management of all pediatric patients undergoing surgical treatment through the WPP U.S. Referrals Program in Richmond. Qualified candidates must be fluent in Spanish, preferably with previous experience in interpretation in the medical setting. For more information:

Job Opportunity with the Office of Student Athlete Support Services
The Office of Student Athlete Support Services is currently looking for tutors to assist VCU's student-athletes with a variety of courses for the 2016-17 academic year. There may also be limited opportunities for tutors to begin work during the summer. 
Fulbright Clinton Fellowships
The National Scholarship Office seeks recent alumni and/or current grad students with an interest in public policy matters and a desire to work abroad, particularly in a developing part of the world. Qualified candidates must have a graduate degree (by August 2017) and some professional work experience. For further information on this opportunity, please contact Jeff Wing:

World Affairs Council is Looking for Student Ambassadors
Are you interested in gaining experience in the field of international affairs? The Richmond World Affairs Council is looking for current college students to serve as a Student Ambassador for the fall semester. Student Ambassador responsibilities include social media promotion and writing weekly progress reports. The time commitment is approximately 2-5 hours a week. For more information:

Student Volunteers Needed: Richmond Italian Street Festival
Richmond's Original Italian Street Festival is looking for student volunteers to help with this year's festival, which is being held September 24th-25th, 2016. Currently they are looking for individuals to assist finding sponsors, advertisers and PR. Please Contact Virginia Nuara Hudert for more information:

Reminder: World Studies Fall Internship Deadline-August 19th
World Studies Majors interested in completing internships for the upcoming Fall 2016 semester, should have applications completed by Friday, August 19th. For more information on the internship program, contact Jonathan Waybright, internship coordinator: and visit

World Studies Summer News


At 'Enchanted Castle' site, VCU students dig up Virginia History
'VCU's archaeology field school is the first to excavate the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle site since the early 1990s. Bernard Means, director of the program, said it marks an incredible opportunity to help discover Virginia history.'VCU News article by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs

Foreign Languages:

Professor Kathryn Murphy-Judy (FREN) gave a 6 hour workshop on online language design and delivery at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference at Michigan State University. She and the BOLDD Collaboratory will be creating an online guide to online learning for use in the ACTFL Mentoring Program.

Professor Mar Gongora (SPAN) has been working on her new book on Cervantes's notion of Gynecocracy and will also be traveling to Paris and Madrid this summer in search of iconographic images of Queenship.

Professor Mareike Mueller (GRMN) is currently embarking on a new research project, in which she investigates the long-term effects of studying abroad on language learners. The participants of her study are former and current students and instructors of VCU's Summer Study Abroad Program in Vienna, Austria. With this project, Dr. Mueller aims to better align students' study-abroad experience with their academic, professional, and personal needs at their home institutions. The results of this research will be of benefit to students and instructors of various modern languages, as this important aspect of language learning had little investigation to date.

International Studies:

Professor Robert Godwin-Jones co-taught a course this past May at the Indian Institute of Technology on "Intercultural Communication in Global Virtual Environments."
Dr. Anton Brinckwirth (Director of the World Studies Media Center) and Professor Natalia Boykova (Russian Language Instructor) presented at the "Information and Communication Technologies in Linguistics, ELT and Cross-Cultural Communication" Conference at Moscow State University, Russia. Pictured with President Nazarenko, Head of Linguistics and IT Department, Vice-Dean on IT in Education and Students of Moscow State University.

Professor John Froitzheim (Political Science/INTL) recently spent time in the Cayman Islands, looking into issues of development of the local economy in light of Cuba's opening up to the U.S. and issues of environmental protection of endangered sea turtles. He also spent time in Germany gaining a better understanding of social attitudes towards the surge in refugees and issues related to assimilation.

Religious Studies:

Professor James (Tom) South will be teaching a course this summer at the Seoul International Bible Institute (SIBI) in Seoul, South Korea from July 25 to August 5. The course is basked on his book, Just Jesus: The Evidence of History. This is his fifth time teaching a course at SIBI.
Tekin Publishing has recently released Postmodern Çağda Ortodoks Hristiyanlar ve İslamiyet, the Turkish language translation of Andrew Sharp's, Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age, which was published by Brill in 2012. Dr. Sharp is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and a specialist in Muslim-Christian relations.
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