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News from the Croft Institute
  • Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

    The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

    The program, UM Experiential Learning in East Asia, will allow 18 undergraduates to complete a summer internship of at least eight weeks in summer 2018. Each recipient will receive $5,000 from the Freeman Foundation grant and an additional $2,500 provided by the university’s Office of Global Engagement and the successful applicants’ respective UM school(s).

    “The Croft Institute has been the campus leader in promoting engagement with East Asia for the last 20 years, and this generous grant by the Freeman Foundation will allow us to add another important dimension to those efforts,” said Oliver Dinius, executive director of the Croft Institute for International Studies.

    Dinius will administer the program and is working with Joshua Howard, Croft associate professor of history, Minjoo Oh, associate professor of sociology; and Blair McElroy, the university’s senior international officer, to design the application process, select award recipients and assist students as they prepare for their internships.

    The goal of the Freeman Foundation’s grant is to help students gain real-life experience while interacting regularly with local populations. Established in 1994 by the estate of AIG cofounder Mansfield Freeman, the foundation’s general mission is “to strengthen the bonds of friendship between this country and those of the Far East” and “to stimulate an exchange of ideas in economic and cultural fields which will help create mutual understanding.”

    Headed by Mansfield’s grandson, Graeme Freeman, the foundation donates approximately $50 million annually to programs such as study abroad scholarships for Asian and American students and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, which has supported the Croft Institute’s efforts to strengthen teaching about East Asia in Mississippi for more than 15 years.

    The grant will provide students with life-changing opportunities to work and experience life in East Asia, Howard said. Participating students will “be able to put their learning into practice – whether it’s in the field of engineering, accounting, language studies, just to name a few examples – and become global citizens in the process,” he said.

    This grant will allow the Croft Institute and the other participating units on the Oxford campus to deliver on the university’s commitment to greater internationalization and support for experiential learning, two core goals set by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Provost Noel Wilkin. Students chosen for UM Experiential Learning in East Asia will learn how a foreign culture affects the work environment and help prepare them to succeed.

    “International experiences give students the skills they need in an increasingly global workplace, such as intercultural communication skills, self-awareness, knowledge of current events and their impact upon the world, and open-mindedness,” McElroy said.

    Interested students should find their own internship and apply for the UM-administered funding with a specific proposal. The program welcomes proposals for internships in all parts of East Asia, although priority is given to sending students to countries that are at the heart of UM’s long-standing engagement with East Asia: China, Japan and South Korea.

    Oh, a native of Korea, is excited about the potential of this grant reinforcing UM’s recent commitment to Korean studies.

    “I hope that many students will take advantage of this opportunity to complete internships in Korea, deepening our engagement with one of the most culturally and economically dynamic places in the world,” she said.

    The program is open to undergraduate students from all schools and majors on the Oxford campus. The only restriction is that they must be enrolled as full-time Ole Miss undergraduate students in the semester after completing their summer internship.

    Individual awards are designed to offset costs that may otherwise discourage students from interning abroad, including airfare, accommodations and meals. The program will begin accepting applications in mid-October.

    Interested students should visit http://www.croft.olemiss.edu/home/freeman-internships-in-east-asia for details about the application process and deadlines. For more information, contact William Mahoney, Croft’s coordinator for career planning, at mahoney@olemiss.edu.

  • Croft Students Recognized in The View from Ventress

    The Croft Institute is well represented in this year’s issue of The View from Ventress, the annual publication by the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts.

    • Page 6 highlights the “Tournées French Film Festival”, a joint initiative between Croft and the Department of Modern Languages to bring the best of French Cinema to campus.
    • Page 7 features an article about our fall 2016 Alumni Panel with alumni Jessica Bryant (’07), Erin Callahan (’10), and Anthony Yuen (’08).
    • Page 7 also congratulates current Croft student Margaret Dykes for winning a Chinese Government Scholarship for tuition, housing, and a monthly stipend for a year’s study in China.
    • Page 8 credits Bryce Warden’s (’16) work with AmeriCorps VISTA to bring students from Quitman County Middle School to visit Ole Miss.
    • Page 10 spotlights Miller Richmond’s (’17) thesis work with Croft associate professor of anthropology and international studies Dr. Kate Centellas.
    • Page 11 spotlights Alex Martin’s (’17) interest in economic research.
    • Page 21 includes a photo of the Class of 2020 cohort of Stamps Scholars, including Croft students Michaela Watson and James Asbill.
    • Page 22 highlights Tyler Caple, Mary Frances Holland, and Chase Young (’17), Croft students who were recipients of the United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for summer study in 2017.
    • Page 23 commends Class of 2017 graduates Madeleine Achgill and James DeMarshall for their reception of the prestigious Boren Scholarships for study abroad.
    • Page 24 congratulates Croft associate professor of history and international studies Dr. Noell Wilson for her reception of the Fulbright US Scholar Award.
    • Page 24 also congratulates Croft professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez for his award of Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2016.
    • Page 27 features an article about the generous financial gift of Dr. Jean Gispen and former Executive Director of the Croft Institute Dr. Kees Gispen to create the Croft Institute Enhancement Endowment.

    Click the following to read the 2017 issue: The View from Ventress

  • Two Croft Seniors Inducted into University of Mississippi Hall of Fame

    Two Croft seniors, Alex Martin and Miller Richmond, were inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7.  Alex, who is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Economics and Business, has served as the executive director of the Big Event, managing editor of the U.M. Undergraduate Research Journal, and ASB director of student affairs.  Miller is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Health and also served as the co-director of the Big Event.  He was chief of staff for the ASB and was a member of the Columns Society.  Read the U.M. news release for more information about Alex and Miller's accomplishments.

Internship Opportunities
November 17, 2017

Internship Opportunities in Public Health

Class of 2010 alumna, and fall 2017 Alumni Panel speaker, Catherine Couper Espinoza forwarded us the following opportunities for Croft students and alumni interested in public health:

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From the Institute
November 16, 2017

Tufts Hemispheres Undergraduate Journal: Call for Papers

Croft alumnus Matthew Archer, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at Yale University, forwarded us this call for papers from Tufts University.

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Alumni News
November 8, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Couper Espinoza, '10
Spanish – Latin America (Study abroad: Uruguay) – Social and Cultural Identity 

CURRENT POSITION
Emergency Management Specialist, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

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Alumni News
November 8, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Dogan, '08
Spanish – Latin America (Study abroad: Chile) – Political and Economic Transitions 

CURRENT POSITION
Manager of Marketing Analytics, Arby’s Restaurant Group, in Atlanta, GA, since 2014

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Alumni News
November 8, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Joel Fyke, '05
Spanish – Latin America (Study abroad: Costa Rica) – Social and Cultural Identity

CURRENT POSITION
Associate with Forman, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy LLP in Jackson, MS, since 2014

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Students in the News
November 7, 2017

Croft Senior Spotlight - Francisco Hernandez

Hometown: Valencia, Spain – French – Europe – Global Economics and Business

After I graduate I plan on going to graduate school, either right away or after a couple years of work experience. I would love to work for a company with an international outlook, whether it is in the non-profit sector, the business sector, or the media. As for graduate school, my interests are international relations, global policy, or political science.

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Faculty News
November 6, 2017

Croft Professor Wins U.M. International Collaboration Grant to Study History of Nanjing

Dr. Joshua Howard, Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies, has been awarded the U.M. International Collaboration Grant for the summer of 2018.  The grant will fund a six week research trip to Nanjing, where he will be conducting research at the Municipal Archives and China's Second Historical Archives.  His research, "Beyond Social Control and Resistance: Labor under the Wang Jingwei Collaborationist Regime" is a joint project with Professor Liangqin Jiang, Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Studies on the History of Republican China at Nanjing University. Using as a main source several hundred labor-capital arbitration cases during the World War II era, when Nanjing was the capital of the Wang Jingwei collaborationist regime, Dr. Howard and Dr. Jiang are writing a social history of occupied Nanjing. This summer they intend to co-author the first of several articles on wartime Nanjing. Dr. Howard has also been invited to speak at Nanjing University.

Fellowships and Scholarships
November 6, 2017

Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo and Warsaw in 2018. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including the political foundations of racial hierarchies, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and colonial domination—as they affect different minority groups today. The Fellowship seeks to educate, connect and inspire the world's future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice. The 2018 European program dates are June 8 through July 8, 2018. The American programs, the John Lewis and Detroit Fellowships, are July 10 through August 5, 2018.  Croft alumna Susanna Rychlak (B.A. 2014), did a Humanity in Action Fellowship in summer 2013.

Applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now open.
Apply to the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Fellowships and Scholarships
November 3, 2017

Boren Awards: Funding for Language Study & Research Abroad

The application for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open at www.borenawards.org!

Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.  Contact Tim Dolan at the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (tadolan@olemiss.edu) for more information.  More than a dozen Croft students and alumni have received Boren Awards over the years.

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Students in the News
October 29, 2017

Eight Croft Students Inducted into U.M. Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Congratulations to the following Croft students on their Fall 2017 induction into the University of Mississippi's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

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Students in the News
October 16, 2017

Croft Senior Spotlight - Abby Bruce

Saltillo, MS Spanish – Latin America (Study abroad: Perú) – Social and Cultural Identity

Post-graduation, I am hoping to work in either economic and community development, higher education administrative work (study abroad advising; international student coordinator; student affairs), or international business. Although these professional fields may seem very different, they all link personal interaction and relationship building with technical skills. I would love to relocate to somewhere where Spanish is the dominant language or at least prevalent, whether that be another country or a region in the United States with a large Hispanic population, so that I can continue to utilize what I know and improve my proficiency.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
October 13, 2017
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Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
October 9, 2017

Carnegie James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Application FAQ

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  Their mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance to the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.  Working together, their centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.

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Alumni News
October 4, 2017

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Emilie Dayan '11 Earns Chartered Financial Analyst Designation

Class of 2011 alumna Emilie Dayan Hill recently earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. The CFA is a professional credential awarded to members of the finance industry who meet high ethical and professional standards after passing a series of rigorous exams.

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Alumni News
October 4, 2017

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. John Martin, M.D., B.A. '09

Spanish – Latin America (Study abroad: Uruguay) – Social and Cultural Identity

I graduated Croft in Latin American studies, with a concentration in Social and Cultural identity. My thesis explored examples of effective healthcare delivery in Latin America, with implications for impending U.S. reform (this was 2008-2009, in the lead-up to debate and passage of the ACA).

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From the Institute
September 21, 2017
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Croft Students Recognized in The View from Ventress

The Croft Institute is well represented in this year’s issue of The View from Ventress, the annual publication by the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts.

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Students in the News
August 31, 2017

Croft Sophomore Wins Rose Bui Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Croft sophomore Sarah David is this year's winner of the Rose Bui Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence.  Named for Rose Kim Bui, a Croft Institute Scholar who passed away before graduating in 2005, the scholarship is given to a rising sophomore in the international studies major.  Sarah David, who is from Brandon, Mississippi, is studying German.  She says that she became interested in Germany after watching the German national soccer team play when she was young.  After researching the country and its culture, she decided to learn the language so she could possibly live there one day.  Sarah wrote that she is honored and thankful for the scholarship, which will push her to continue her efforts to maintain a high standard in her studies so she will achieve great things in the future.

Alumni News
August 18, 2017

Croft Alumna Director of Climate Collaborative

Croft alumna Erin Callahan (B.A. 2010) is joining the Climate Collaborative as its first full-time director.  The Climate Collaborative is a three-year project of OSC2 and the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) created to promote action for climate change in the natural products industry.  Erin previously worked for CDP, where she managed corporate engagement for the We Mean Business coalition.  She did a master's degree in international relations and economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and, while at Croft, focused on East Asia and international governance.

Alumni News
July 10, 2017

Croft Graduate Hired by Agile Defense

Congratulations to Croft alumnus Gavin Kerr, class of 2017!

Gavin recently accepted a job in Reston, VA at Agile Defense, Inc., an Information Technology Solutions business providing Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, and Cloud Services to a number of U.S. Government clients. Gavin works as a Business Development Analyst, and he uses both the qualitative and quantitative skills learned as a Croft student on a daily basis.

If you are a Croft student or alumnus, please let us know about any significant milestones in your life--we want to share them!

From the Institute
June 13, 2017

Croft Institute Graduation 2017 Videos

If you missed the 2017 Croft Institute graduation ceremony or want to see it again, visit our You Tube channel.  You can see the entire ceremony or just the opening remarks, student valediction, or presentation of awards.  You can also watch the lecture by Croft Visiting Speaker Todd Cleveland from the University of Arkansas.  Dr. Cleveland visited on Monday, April 24, and spoke about the labor strategies of soccer players from Portuguese colonies in Africa.

Students in the News
April 7, 2017
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Two Croft Seniors Inducted into University of Mississippi Hall of Fame

Two Croft seniors, Alex Martin and Miller Richmond, were inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7.  Alex, who is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Economics and Business, has served as the executive director of the Big Event, managing editor of the U.M. Undergraduate Research Journal, and ASB director of student affairs.  Miller is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Health and also served as the co-director of the Big Event.  He was chief of staff for the ASB and was a member of the Columns Society.  Read the U.M. news release for more information about Alex and Miller's accomplishments.