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  • Croft Visiting Speaker: Japan in the 21st Century: Expanding Global Peace and Prosperity

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7 p.m. - The Joseph C. Bancroft Conference Room (Croft 107)  Motohiko Kato - Consul General of Japan in Nashville

    The Croft Institute is very honored to welcome the Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, Motohiko Kato, as the second speaker in our 2014 - 2015 Visiting Speaker Series.  Consul-General Kato will speak on US-Japanese relations.  Consul-General Kato will also touch on the relationship between Japan and Mississippi.

    Consul-General Kato most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.  He boasts a three-decade career in the foreign service and he has served in numerous capacities around the world, including posts in Singapore, Iran, and France.

    The Consulate-General of Japan at Nashville covers Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Consul-General Kato's primary mission is to care for Japanese citizens and their families residing in the Southeast, protect the interests of Japanese companies, and promote Japanese culture and business throughout these five states.

    300 Croft Dollars will be Awarded.

  • Croft Advising Begins

    The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, October 6, and will continue until Monday, November 3.  Later this week, Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students explaining the advising procedure and letting them know who their advisor is this year.  Visit the Croft website for more details about the advising procedure, and, while you're there, look over the page outlining the major year-by-year. Students will be able to see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.

  • U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

    The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.


  • Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

    The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.

    Students who are selected for the 2015 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of our four participating universities:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    University of California, Berkeley

    Princeton University

    University of Michigan

    The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

    What are the benefits of participation?

    • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
    • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
    • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
    • University housing with a meal plan.
    • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
    • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
    • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
    • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
  • Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

    Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

  • New Croft Merchandise: Sweatshirts, Long- and Short-Sleeved T-Shirts, and Blankets!

    We are happy to announce the 2014 line of Croft merchandise: new long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, and, for the first time ever, stadium blankets with the Croft logo.   Croft students can redeem their Croft dollars for merchandise.

Students in the News
October 9, 2014

Croft Boren Scholarship Winners Featured in U.M. College of Liberal Arts Newsletter

The two Croft students, Alison Bartel and William Bumpas, who won Boren Scholarships to study in Nanjing, China, this year are featured in the U.M. College of Liberal Arts newsletter, The View From Ventress, as well as an official Ole Miss news story.

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October 9, 2014

Croft Graduate and Junior Highlighted on "I am a Rebel" Website.

A Croft graduate, William Bumpas (B.A. 2014), and a current junior, Lizzy Wicks, are two of the six University of Mississippi students highlighted on the new "I am a Rebel" website.  Lizzy is included in the "I am a Curious Rebel" section, which focuses on the Lazarus project, a suite of cameras and image analysis software that allows researchers to see hidden information in manuscripts, paintings, and artifacts.  William, currently completing his Chinese Language Flagship Capstone Year in Nanjing, China, is highlighted as a "Global Rebel."

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September 15, 2014

U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

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From the Institute
November 3, 2014

Fall of the Berlin Wall Event Series Begins

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989), the Croft Institute and the Department of Modern Languages are holding a series of two lectures and three films from Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 13.  The events are made possible thanks to the generous funding of the German Embassy in the United States.

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October 24, 2014

Spring 2015 Korea-Related Course Offerings

Croft Visiting Assistant Professor of Korean Studies Dr. Shine Choi will be teaching three Korea-related courses next spring, and the department of modern languages will be teaching four levels of Korean language.

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October 24, 2014

Christopher Longest Lecture: The Growing Impact of African Languages in the United States

Monday, October 27 - Bondurant Auditorium - 5:30 p.m.

Professor Antonia Schleicher of Indiana University is giving the 54th Christopher Longest Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, on Monday, October 27, and 5:30 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.  Antonia Folarin Schleicher is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She is also the Executive Director of IU Joint Language Resource Centers and the Director of the United States National African Language Resource Center.

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Faculty News
May 15, 2014

Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

February 20, 2014

Croft Professor Vivian Ibrahim's Essay Published on Late 19th Century Egypt

Croft Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Vivian Ibrahim recently had a chapter published in the collection The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance. 

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February 10, 2014

Dr. Gutiérrez Appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy

Croft Professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy for the 2014-2015 academic year. While there, Dr. Gutiérrez will be teaching classes in culture and Spanish linguistics and consulting with the faculty on their current curriculum. 

Alumni News
October 24, 2014

Croft Graduate Authors Book about Historic Memphis Signs

Croft graduate Caitlin Pendergrass Horton (B.A. 2009) collaborated with painter Rebecca Phillips to create Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner.  The book, available from Caitlin's website, Memphis Type History ( http://memphistypehistory.com/book/), consists of nineteen paintings of iconic Memphis signs and their stories.

October 13, 2014

Croft Graduate's State Department Internship Featured in Liberal Arts Newsletter

The most recent edition of The View from Ventress, the newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts, features a story about Croft graduate Walker Messer (B.A. 2014), who interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of Bilateral Trade in the summer of 2013.  According to the article, Walker "utilized his background in the politics and economics of Latin America - and semester in Ecuador - to brief U.S. Ambassadors prior to their departure to Latin American countries...attended Senate hearings, researched policy issues, and provided market analysis for American CEO's conducting business in the region."

Job Opportunities
October 24, 2014

Research Fellow, Stanford Law School

Standford Law School in California is looking for graduating seniors or recent graduates with bachelor's degree in the social sciences or mathematics and exceptional writing and quantitative research skills to work as Research Fellows for Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz.  These positions offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and past fellows have gone on to Ph.D. programs and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and MIT.  The fellowship begins in the spring or summer of 2015 and lasts for one year, with an option to renew.

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October 24, 2014

Work Study Opportunity: Office of Sustainability Composting Team

Croft student Madeleine Achgill shared this job opportunity for a work study position with the Office of Sustainability Composting Team.

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May 29, 2014

Language Opportunities at Leidos

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering company that started with the proud traditions of SAIC, is currently looking for individuals with experience in linguistics, language analysis, and translation.

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Internship Opportunities
February 1, 2012

U.M. New York and Washington Internship Experience

The University of Mississippi has two programs designed to support students pursuing internships, one in Washington, D.C. and the other in New York, N.Y.  The programs provide guidance in finding an internship, housing, the opportunity to earn academic credit, and the benefits of being enrolled as a U.M. student - including access to financial aid - while interning.  For more information, visit the programs' websites:

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Fellowships and Scholarships
October 24, 2014

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Croft juniors, seniors and alumni interested in a career with the Foreign Service should considering for a Thomas R. Pickering fellowship.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides funding to students interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.  While this is an extremely competitive fellowship, all eligible Croft students (U.S. citizens with a GPA of 3.2 or above) are encouraged to apply, especially women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need.

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September 23, 2014

Boren Awards Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

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September 23, 2014

Critical Language Scholarships

The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students, with the goals of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.  The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. 

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