- Jan 27 2014
The Asian Studies Program and the Political Science Program are happy to welcome Ms. Lauren McKee, who will serve as Berea College’s ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow during the 2014-15 academic year. Ms. McKee – soon to be Dr. McKee — has taught at the University of New Orleans and Japan’s Doshisha University and currently is completing her Ph.D. in International Studies at Old Dominion University. She brings a background in Asian and Asian-American literature to her study of political issues in East Asia and across the globe and has a special interest in nuclear energy policy, especially in Japan.
- Jan 20 2014
Fresh from law school and his recent year as a Fulbright-funded teacher in Malaysia, Ken Johnson ’09 has launched KyASEAN, Kentucky’s only export management company dedicated to creating jobs and profits for Kentuckians through trade and investment partnerships in Southeast Asia. Congratulations, Ken!
- Dec 2 2013
The Asian Studies Program congratulates December 2013 graduate, Asian Studies major, and secret ninja Kate Durland! Kate plans to spend the next year earning money and polishing her Japanese language skills before applying for English teaching positions in Japan.
- Sep 24 2013
Vera Marinova ’06, who served as Visiting Instructor of Chinese at Berea in 2012-13, now serves as Assistant Director of Global Village, a living-learning community at Indiana University (IU). Global Village combines on-campus housing with multinational, multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary coursework for a select group of IU students with international interests. Vera’s work also entails coordinating Books & Beyond, a non-profit service-learning project that seeks to prepare globally-minded students for life in the 21st century by increasing critical literacy skills, addressing the Rwandan “book famine,” and developing models for cross-cultural teaching and learning. Vera, who completed multiple graduate degrees at IU between her career as a Berea student and her year as a Berea professor, is excited about teaching and learning at her second alma mater. Congratulations, Vera! Gongxi gongxi, Ma Laoshi!
- Sep 24 2013
Molly Baker Halstead ’11 has accepted the position of Curator and Art Gallery Manager at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia’s David L. Dickirson Gallery in Beckley, West Virginia. The Gallery showcases the juried work of over 500 West Virginia artists. Molly, who double-majored in Art History and Asian Studies, says, “I wouldn’t have gotten very far without the experience and support of Berea…. I think of Berea often and the excellent support and advice I have gotten [not only] during my undergrad career, but also after. I’m certainly still a Berea Proud Grad!” Congratulations, Molly!
- Sep 20 2013
“Past and Present in the Middle Kingdom,” a BIST (Berea International Summer Term) course being offered in July 2014, will take Berea College students to China’s Yunnan Province as well as the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing for an intensive investigation of the world’s once and future superpower. The course will be taught by Professors Robert Foster and Rebecca Bates. Applications are due by October 15, 2013. For more information, see https://www.berea.edu/cie/bist-china-2014/.
- Jun 10 2013
Adam Ledford ’09 has accepted a position as an English instructor at a hagwon in Jeonju, South Korea. Having completed an M.A. in Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, Adam now plans to spend the next year exploring one of East Asia’s most traditional cities.
- May 29 2013
Caleb Towers ’12 has accepted a one-year position as an English teacher in Taipei, Taiwan. Caleb plans to take advantage of his time in Taiwan by improving his Chinese language skills and visiting neighboring countries during the generous amount of vacation time provided by his employer.
- May 7 2013
Sarah Resnick ’11, who has spent the last eighteen months teaching English in Japan
through the JET Program, has been accepted by the M.A. program in International Education Management offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). MIIS is among the most prestigious language and international policy studies schools in the United States. Congratulations, Sarah!
- May 2 2013
As the 2012-13 academic year draws to a close, three Asian Studies majors now studying in Japan soon will return to campus: Fatima King ’14 (currently at Kansai Gaidai University), Sharon Lee ’14 (also currently at Kyushu University), and Amber Welch ’15 (also currently at Kyushu University). This summer and fall, three more Asian Studies majors will journey to Japan: Kate Durland ’13 (with the KIIS Japan summer program), Katie Fawley ’15 (fall term at Kansai Gaidai University), and Hunter Kennoy ’15 (academic year at Kyushu University). The Asian Studies Program is proud of these students and grateful for the invaluable assistance provided to them by our campus’ Center for International Education.