Month: March 2017

International Freelance Journalist and LACIS Alum Coming to Campus!

Jacob Kushner, B.A. Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies and Journalism (2010), will be visiting campus March 29-31 to give a public lecture, engage in classroom visits, and in two career-related events.

His visit will include the following public and free events:

Wednesday, March 29th, 12-1 p.m, 336 Ingraham Hall: “Haiti: the Promised Land” (accompanied by Haitian musician, composer, artist and human rights activist, Mona Augustin)

Wednesday, March 29th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Union South: “Language for Life: Alumni Career Mentoring” panel discussion

Thursday, March 30th, 12:30-1:30, 2195 Vilas Hall: “Chat with a foreign correspondent and SJMC alum”

Friday, March 31st, WI Institute for Discovery: Center for Journalism Ethics’ 2017 Conference: “Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism” roundtable discussion panelist

About Jacob: He is originally from Milwaukee and upon graduating from UW-Madison he spent two years reporting from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He then returned to the US to complete his MA in political journalism from Columbia University in NYC.

His recent journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy magazine, the Associated Press, VICE Magazine and The Nation. His journalism is often supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

His visit is being co-sponsored by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the International Division, the Language Institute, and the School of Journalism.

Please contact Sarah Ripp, Assistant Director for Programming and Communication, with any questions at: 608-262-0616 or

Summer 2017 Language Opportunities

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language and study a foreign culture? Are you still deciding what to do this summer? Consider a summer language institute! Four centers are offering language institutes for 28 different languages and multiple levels of study. All institutes run from June 19th to August 11th. Applications are still open so check out these great opportunities now!

Arabic, Persian, Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Language Institute (CESSI)

South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)