- 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.
- Apr 15 2013
The Asian Studies Program is happy to welcome Dr. Ashley Elston,
who will join the faculty in Art History beginning in August 2013. Dr. Elston previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Rollins College. A specialist in medieval and Renaissance Christian art and architecture, Dr. Elson also plans to offer cross-listed courses on Buddhist art and East Asian art history at Berea.
- Apr 3 2013
Noah White ’13 has accepted a position with the
highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program! Since 1987, nearly five thousand college and university graduates from all around the world have taught their native languages in Japan through the JET Program, which is administered by the Japanese government in cooperation with 38 other national governments. This August, Noah will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET.
- Apr 1 2013
The Asian Studies Program congratulates Professors Shan Ayers, Rebecca Bates, Robert Foster, Gordon Gray, and Michelle Tooley on their acceptance by various intensive study programs based in the Asia/Pacific region this summer! Professor Ayers and Tooley will study Chinese and Japanese art, literature, and religion at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Professors Bates and Foster will study Indian culture and history in India through the National Endowment for the Humanities. Finally, as previously announced, Professor Gray will study in Vietnam through the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program.