Video: Chinese literature and culture professor Michel Hockx on censorship, China, and literary communities

Author: Todd Boruff

“I'm interested in literature as product of a community and the way in which they decide what to include, what not to include, what is good, what is bad, how they choose to engage with censorship or not engage with censorship,” said Michel Hockx, professor of Chinese literature and culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters and director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Hockx has published works both in English and in Chinese on early 20th-century Chinese print culture as well as contemporary Internet culture in China. Read More

Record 30 Arts and Letters students and alumni receive Fulbright Awards for 2017-2018

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

A record 30 College of Arts and Letters students and alumni have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study abroad in 2017-18. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad.  Read More

Two Arts and Letters students awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad this summer

Author: Joya Helmuth

Irla Atanda and Abigail Awodele have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad during the summer 2017 term. Awodele will participate in the China Language Program and Atanda will study in South Africa.  Read More

Three Arts and Letters majors named to prestigious Yenching Scholars program

Author: Josh Weinhold

A trio of Notre Dame students and alumni have been named Yenching Scholars, a globally competitive award that provides a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree at China’s top university. Teresa Kennedy ’16, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts; senior Jenny Ng, a political science major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong; and Dominic Romeo ’14, a political science and Chinese major from Turlock, California, were named to the third cohort entering the Yenching Academy, based at Peking University in Beijing. Read More

Theology major Jake Grefenstette ’16 spending year in Beijing through prestigious Yenching Scholar program

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars. Read More

9th Chinese Speech Contest Comes to a Close

Author: EALC

The 9th Chinese speech contest took place on April the 13th, having students across all years of Chinse giving prepared speeches to their classmates, teachers, and a panel of judges.  Students' speeches were all self written and memorized, and the topics varied from stories of home to political opinions to how they first became intersted in Chinese.  Winners selected by the judges from each level of Chinese are given the chance to participate in the 2016 US Midwest "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest to be held April 23, 2016 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.   A comprehensive list of the winners from this year's Chinese Speech Contest is as follows: Read More

Video: Students Learn Chinese Through Immersive Summer Language Program

Author: Todd Boruff

China Summer Language Program

“Studying Chinese opens the doors to different ways of thinking,” said junior John Fox. “It helped a lot to be able to come here and study abroad this summer and to experience such a great city.” Fox was one of several Notre Dame students to participate in the 2015 China Summer Language Program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters. Students honed their Chinese language skills at Peking University in Beijing, both in the classroom and one-on-one with an instructor. Students in the program typically advance the equivalent of one full year of study in just eight weeks. Read More

Video: Learning Korean During a Summer in Seoul

Author: Todd Boruff


Notre Dame junior Allison Emeott didn’t just study Korean this summer. She was immersed in it. “You get to use what you learn and talk to people,” she said. “It’s really inspiring because when you’re surrounded by people speaking a language, you want to learn more and you just want to become a part of the community." Emeott, an applied mathematics and Asian studies major, spent the summer of 2015 intensively studying in Seoul, South Korea. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters, she received a grant from the Summer Language Abroad program, which provides funding up to $5,500 for individual summer foreign language study abroad. Read More