Month: December 2017

Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker Visits Madison

On November 9, 2017, Philip Gourevitch, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author, was interviewed for WORT Radio’s “A Public Affair” as a follow up to his recent visit to campus for a public lecture entitled, “Trump’s America in the World”. Gourevitch’s lecture took place at the Pyle Center and was attended by close to 175 individuals riveted by his ability to synthesize the last 150 years of US foreign policy, and how those pivotal historical moments relate to today’s political climate. LISTEN to his interview.

In addition to his campus visit, Mr. Gourevitch visited Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies, Thierry Cruvellier’s “Topics in Global Security: International Criminal Justice: Models and Practice” course. You can read more about his visit to Cruvellier’s class HERE.

And finally, he engaged in a visit to Middleton High School for a presentation and Q&A with students on October 24th.

Janel Anderson and Tim Davis, social studies teachers at MHS, brought around ninety of their students to the library for a lively and educational event.  A wide variety of topics was covered, including the Rwandan genocide, about which Gourevitch published a book in 1998, nuclear war, and current events.

“The kids and teachers were SPELLBOUND and INSPIRED!!! He was great and my expectations were blown. I think he convinced many kids in the crowd to go out and save the world by telling the truth, ” stated Janel Anderson.

Sarah Ripp, IRIS’ Assistant Director for Programming and Communications, and Nancy Heingartner, IRIS Assistant Director for Outreach, facilitated this event.

Nevine El Nossery, Director of Middle East Studies, Speaks to International Learning Community

Nevine El Nossery, Director of Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, recently presented at the International Learning Community’s Fall 2017 Roundtable Series. She presented: “Poetics of Resistance: Egyptian Women’s 2011 Revolution” which covered contemporary topics in Egypt since the beginning of the Arab Springs such as “politically engaged women writers and artists” who “have increasingly come to characterize a key new direction in art production.”

Middle East Studies’ Director, Nevine El Nossery Earns “Honored Instructor Award” from University Housing

Middle East Studies’ Director, Nevine El Nossery Earns “Honored Instructor Award” from University Housing. “El Nossery regularly teaches courses that focus on Francophone and Middle Eastern culture and literature. She is the Director of the Middle East Studies Program.” Congratulations to Professor El Nossery!

Read more HERE.

Still time to apply for the 2018 Boren Graduate Fellowship!

Boren Fellowships (for graduate students) provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security (broadly defined).

Complete information on the Boren Fellowships, the campus deadline & review process, and more is online @ Still have questions? Contact UW-Madison’s Boren Fellowship campus representative, Mark Lilleleht, at or 608.265.6070.