Month: January 2018

“PEOPLE in the World” Event Draws Over 400 Students!

On Saturday, October, 28th 2017, over 400 students from UW-Madison’s PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) program spent five hours at Monona Terrace enjoying an IRIS event that was specially designed for them.  “PEOPLE in the World” offered a unique, interactive, internationally-focused half-day that was both educational and a lot of fun.
Nancy Heingartner, IRIS Assistant Director for Outreach, coordinated PEOPLE in the World, which consisted of an opening performance by UW-Madison’s Capoeira group, three 30-minute breakout sessions, during which participants experienced topics ranging from “The Art of Henna,” to “Learn Thai in 30 Minutes!,” from “First Steps: Balkan Village Line Dances,” to “An Introduction to Kenyan Culture and Swahili Language,” and from “Yuts: A Korean Board Game” to “Discovering the Heart of Myanmar, and, finally, a wrap-up demonstration and dance party with Madison’s Limanya African Dance and Drum Ensemble.  In addition, after lunch,
the students circulated through an International Opportunities Fair, at which they collected fliers and spoke with representatives from various UW-Madison entities devoted to internationalism.  These included: the UW-Madison Peace Corps office, International Academic Programs, the International Internships Program, the  WI Summer Intensive Language Institutes (WISLI), and the WI International Scholars Program.
The presenters were a combination of UW-Madison students and staff and members of local ethnic communities.

photos from the event.

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship competition now open for Summer 2018 awards!

We have opened the online application for the 2018 competition of the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship.

These fellowships are for graduate students (from any department) to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students (pre-dissertation travel award) and to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships (internship award). The deadline to submit applications is February 19, 2018.

Complete details – including eligibility requirements and how to apply – are on the SKJ website @

UW-Madison Doctoral Alum Favorite to Win Colombia’s Next Presidential Election

Sergio Fajardo, former math professor and mayor of the Colombian city of Antioquia is running for president of Colombia. He holds a doctorate degree in mathematics from UW-Madison. Read a former On Wisconsin article about Mr. Fajardo HERE. Learn more about his current run for presidency including criticism over his fiscal spending as a former mayor HERE.