Four College of Humanities students will receive scholarship funds to study abroad as winners of the 2018 SILLC Global Award.
Created in 2010 by Lehman Benson, UA associate professor of management who was then acting director of Africana Studies, and Alain-Philippe Durand, at the time director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and now Dean of the College of Humanities, the SILLC Global Award is a competitive scholarship that helps provide the opportunity for students to gain study or internship abroad experience.
The award is open to students who are declared majors in one or more of the disciplines in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: Africana Studies, Classics, East Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Religious Studies, and Russian and Slavic Studies.
“Studying abroad is a transformational learning experience and a cornerstone of the Humanities. SILLC, along with the rest of the College of Humanities, is committed to providing our majors with opportunities to study cultures and languages around the world,” says Karen Seat, Director of SILLC and Head of the Department of Religious Studies & Classics. “Our students have gained valuable skills in languages and intercultural competence through immersive study abroad on nearly every continent, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.”
The 2018 SILLC Global Award recipients:
• Grace Faerber, majoring in East Asian Studies and Global Studies, will study this summer in Hangzhou at the Chinese Academy of Art as part of the newly launched Arizona in Hangzhou program.
• Tyler Lee, majoring in Russian and Linguistics, will study upper-level Russian and basic Kazakh this summer in Astana in the new Arizona in Kazakhstan program.
• Madeline Morrow, majoring in French and Biochemistry, will study in the Arizona in Paris program, focusing on the health care system in France.
• Sujin Seo, majoring in Classics and Chemistry, will study Roman literature and religions as part of the Arizona in Orvieto, Italy program.
Since co-creating the SILLC Global Award Fund in 2010, Benson and Durand have continued their annual commitment of $500 each. Dean Durand also has contributed stipends he has received for Honors College teaching. All SILLC departments and programs each contributed $500 to jumpstart the program in 2011-2012 and have continued to make donations since: Africana Studies, Classics, Critical Languages, East Asian Studies, French and Italian, German Studies, Religious Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies. Numerous other donors have since joined the fund: aftucson.org, Alexandra Kennedy, Amy Jane (Anderson) Clashman, Bernice Martinez, Brigitta Lee, Dian Li, Jovan Ruvalcaba, Kim Jones, Mary Wildner-Bassett, and moustachebooks.com French Books.