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Interested in Foreign Languages?

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Applications for Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships are due January 29, 2016.

Five different Area Study Centers at UNC administer Foreign Language & Area Studies fellowships supporting many less commonly taught languages. It is important that applicants review the appropriate FAQs provided by the Area Studies Center that supports the applicant's language of application.

CGI has the following priorities:

Applications for Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Hindi-Urdu, Polish, and Russian will be prioritized for funding.  Applicants may submit other less commonly taught languages not supported by other UNC Area Study Centers for funding consideration, especially for summer FLAS awards.We assign lowest priority to the selection of fellows who already possess language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers.


Learn more here.

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U.S. AID Internship

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Applications due Dec 21, 2015

Want to work in International Development? Intern with USAID in Africa this summer. USAID works to help build sustained and well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Our assistance to Africa aims to help African governments, institutions, and organizations advance good governance principles and innovative approaches to health, education, economic growth, agriculture, and the environment.

Possible locations include: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, click here.

Summer Funding Info Sessions

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Join program officers, Jaclyn Gilstrap and Tripp Tuttle, on December 3rd and January 12th 5:30-7 pm to learn more about the Carolina Global Initiative and the Vimy Global Team Award.

About the awards
The Carolina Global Initiative award provides funding to students to complete a global opportunity, ideally during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad.  Supported by an endowment from the C.V. Starr Foundation and private gifts to the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, awards are typically made from $1,500 to $6,000 each, but higher amounts will be considered.

Inspired by the adventures and pioneering spirit of UNC alumnus Peter McMillan ’81, the Vimy Award is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students (Vimy Scholars) working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the United States.  Made possible by the Global Education Fund, up to $15,000 is provided to fund a summer team project abroad.  Actual award amounts vary depending on the scope of the project and clarity of the proposed budget.

Carolina Navigators Service-Learning Experience

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Want to create a Culture Kit? Help middle school students learn about the world? Develop multimedia resources about intercultural topics for K-12 students? All while improving your own intercultural, technology, and leadership skills? Carolina Navigators Service Learning Experience provides all of the above. 

Carolina Navigators is a highly selective academic service-learning program at UNC. Students who take part in Carolina Navigators do not need to be education majors or have any prior experience teaching, but you do need to have spent at least one summer outside your home country or have other significant intercultural experience.

Students will be placed in one of three tracks: Culture Kits, Virtual Teaching sessions for K-12 Students, and Multimedia. Selected students will meet once a week during the Spring semester in our virtual classroom or in person in the Global Education Center. For more information, click here

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UNC Global Passport Drive

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UNC Global will once again sponsor UNC's annual Passport Drive, November 17 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. Each year, UNC Global hosts officials from the U.S. Department of State and a photographer to make first-time passport applications and renewals easy. This event is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as their families. We have had tremendous response in the past – more than 2,000 people have applied or renewed their passports during the past ten drives! Details about required materials and payment can be found at http://global.unc.edu/passportdrive.

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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Info Sessions

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Travel outside the U.S. with financial support to do intensive language study in Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, Maya, Dutch, or many other less-commonly-taught languages.

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October 27, 2015
2pm, Room 3009, Global Education Center
October 28, 2015
9am, Room 3009, Global Education Center
November 12, 2015
3pm, Halls of Fame, Carroll Hall
November 16, 2015
3pm, Room 3009, Global Education Center
November 17, 2015
10am Room 3009, Global Education Center
November 19, 2015
12pm, Room 4082, Law School
For more information visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/flas/ 
For contact info for your languages & regions of interest, see http://areastudies.unc.edu/flas/languages/

UNC area studies centers awarded $9.1 million in federal education grants

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Six global and area studies centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive approximately $9.1 million in competitive federal Title VI grants over the next four years.

Through two programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, UNC has been awarded approximately $1.14 million for National Resource Centers (NRC) and $1.14 million for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships for 2014-2015. Federal funding for international education has tightened in the past few years, and this cycle’s application process was especially competitive; in the past cycle, 144 National Resource Centers were funded, and in the current cycle, 100 were funded.

“The grants support many key programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and beyond, including language instruction, teaching, research and community outreach that spans the globe,” said Karen M. Gil, dean of the college. “With these international centers, we are educating our students to be the leaders of tomorrow in a fast-changing global society.”

UNC has consistently been among the top U.S. universities in the number of these resource centers with six, which are located in the FedEx Global Education Center. Five area studies centers are part of the college, and the sixth is the pan-university Center for Global Initiatives.

“These awards allow UNC-Chapel Hill to substantially advance global education and the scholarly opportunities for our students and faculty. The work of these centers enhances international research and learning and this is critical to our being a leading global public research university,” said Ronald P. Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer for UNC.

By Katie Bowler Young, UNC Global

Published October 15, 2015

Full details: http://unc.edu/campus-updates/unc-global-and-area-studies-centers-awarded-9-1-million-in-federal-education-grants/ 

UNC Awards $134,927 to Support the Global Engagement Experiences of 36 Students

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The Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded $134,927 in financial support to 36 students to complete global internships, independent research and self-designed projects during the summer of 2013. These awards, funded by private gifts to the UNC Global Education Fund and the University, give students the opportunity for deep engagement with a global community through work, experiential education, teaching or research. -

See more at: http://global.unc.edu/news/

Fulbright Program Applications Available

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The application for the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now available.  

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating seniors, master's students, doctoral candidates, and recent graduates to self-design a research/study project, or serve as an English Teaching Assistant in one of more than 140 countries.

Current UNC students must apply through the Center for Global Initiatives and meet the Campus Deadline of September 20, 2013 at 11:59pm.  UNC alumni who can attend an on-campus interview in October may also apply through UNC.

Those interested in applying should complete the UNC Fulbright Interest form as soon as possible, available at: cgi.unc.edu/fulbright

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Application Now Available

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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Application Now Available

CAMPUS Application Deadline: Extended to Noon, Tuesday, May 28th
*The Department of Education deadline is June 3, 2013 but all applicants must meet the UNC campus deadline for eligibility


This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

This grant is available to Ph.D. candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not eligible for funding. The grant provides travel expenses, maintenance allowance for the grantee and his/her dependents, books and other research-related expenses and health insurance.

Full application information here: http://cgi.unc.edu/awards/fulbright-hays-ddra

Applicants in the following disciplines and and LCTL languages receive bonus points during the review process:

Competitive Preference Priority 1 (5 points): A research project that focuses on any of the 78 languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education's list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs), as follows:
Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Berber (all languages), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.

Competitive Preference Priority 2 (5 points): Research projects that are proposed by applicants using advanced language proficiency in one of the 78 LCTLs listed in Competitive Preference Priority 1 in their research and who are in the fields of economics, engineering, international development, global education, mathematics, political science, public health, science, or technology


2013 CGI Distinguished Service Awardees

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Congratulations to our Distinguished Service Awardees, Graig Meyer and Jessica Butcher!

The award is an honor given in appreciation for significant contributions to CGI's programs or significant efforts to create a legacy that enriches global education on UNC's campus. Awardees are nominated and selected by CGI staff and receive a modest financial award.

Graig is the coordinator of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program and Director of Student Equity and Volunteer Services at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Graig has provided volunteer services to Scholars' Latino Initiative over the past four years by serving on the SLI Advisory Committee, the SLI Scholarship Awards Committee and conducting mentor orientation/training for incoming classes of sophomore mentors embarking on their three-year mentoring experience. He has also worked with Carolina for Kibera by having his Blue Ribbons Mentors screen the film "Without A Fight" and provide feedback. He also helped developed classroom discussion questions that were included in the K-12 Outreach toolkit for the film.

Jessica has been a Rotary Peace Fellow at UNC since 2011 and is now completing  her master's degree in education. Her area of expertise is multicultural interfaith dialogue and diplomacy, especially between and within Christian and Muslim communities. Jessica also gave a talk on "unwrapping religious stereotypes in the US" at the 2011 World View K-12 Symposium on peace and conflict.  She also shared her expertise by giving a talk to UNC students as part of the Great Decisions lecture series. In addition to her master's degree, Jessica will graduate with three different certificates: the UNC Graduate Certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Certificate in International Development Policy from Duke University and the Global Transmigration Certificate from the UNC School of Social Work. For the Global Transmigration Certificate, she developed recommendations for UNC and other universities to enhance support for international students coming from conflict and post-conflict countries.

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Carolina Navigators among UNC public service efforts named in 2013 President’s Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

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Congratulations Carolina Navigators!  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighted Carolina Navigators community service efforts and has been named to the President's Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction.  Two other CGI programs, Scholars' Latino Initiative and Carolina for Kibera were similarly recognized in UNC's 2009 naming to the President's Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction.  Way to go team! Go heels! 

Get the full scoop from UNC News: 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

In UNC’s nomination for the honor roll, the Carolina Center for Public Service estimated that over the past year 20,672 Carolina students gave a total of  952,170 hours in service to the community. UNC has 15 formally classified public service centers and institutes and almost 70 more classified as research or instructional units. Virtually all of these centers and institutes include substantive efforts to address community needs. 

UNC presented three programs as exemplary cases in the application for recognition:

  1. The UNC Law Pro Bono program connects law students with hundreds of pro bono projects under the supervision of practicing attorneys. The program works throughout the year with community partners, legal aid offices, law school student groups, professors, alumni, private attorneys and fellow students to facilitate individual pro bono projects, special clinics and group trips in which students can participate. During the 2011-12 academic year, 15 group projects involving 378 UNC law students addressed diverse legal issues such as education, environmental and civil rights law, consumer protection and income tax, ensuring that individuals who have neither economic nor political means have the opportunity to pursue legal claims and rights.
  2. Carolina Navigators works with UNC undergraduates who have international experience. Participants enroll in a service-learning course to investigate intercultural competence and global education in North Carolina, as well as draw on their experiences to create a variety of global K-12 education resources like photo stories, video stories and articles. Students bring a global perspective to the classroom through presentations, group discussions, conducting research or choosing globally-themed classroom materials. In 2011-12, 29 UNC students completed roughly 800 service hours over two semesters and reached more than 22,500 students throughout North Carolina.
  3. SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduates and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships, targeting students from low-income communities at high risk of bullying, abuse, academic failure and juvenile delinquency. The program, a unique collaboration between the Carolina Center for Public Service, nonprofit Volunteers for Youth and UNC’s department of sociology, represents service-learning in its true form. In 2011-2012, 30 student mentors were matched with 30 mentees who engaged in a wide variety of activities, including workshops and educational trips.

Of the 690 higher education institutions named to the 2013 honor roll, 113 institutions earned the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction. 

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Extended Deadline- FRIDAY March 8th

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We have been hit the last two days with some major website problems and some of you may not have been able to access your application last night or for a good part of yesterday.  

Recognizing the difficulties this may have presented as you finish up work prior to Spring Break, we will be flexible and allow you to submit your application up until Friday, March 8, 2013 at 5pm.  (The deadline was tomorrow at 5pm).  But, please do submit as soon as your application is complete.   

We believe the problems have been resolved, but you can access your application directly via this link which takes you to the application system and bypasses our website:  https://unccgi.applicantstack.com/x/openings

Apologies for the difficulties and good luck as you finish your applications.  (This message is also being shared via our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/unccgi, a good place to check for announcements should our website have further problems.) 

Applications Now Available: International Internship Award, CV Starr Scholarship, and Health Fellowship

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Applications are now available for the following awards through our Application Tracking System.  All applications must be received by 5pm on March 6, 2013.

Please review the appropriate webpage for full descriptions, eligibility guidelines, and application instructions.

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The International Internship Award supports UNC Undergraduate and Masters-level students (J.D. and M.D. students may apply) who have secured internationally-focused internships that will advance their academic and professional careers.

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The Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship (CUHF) enables promising UNC undergraduates to create a self-designed health-related project anywhere in the world. 

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The C.V. Starr Scholarship supports UNC undergraduates and international graduate students who demonstrate financial need to undertake an independent internationally-oriented experience. 

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Pre-Dissertation and Vimy Team Award Applications Open

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The Center for Global Initiatives at UNC is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2013 Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards and the 2013 Vimy Global Team Awards.

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Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards provide funding to Ph.D. students to complete exploratory global research, prior to defending their dissertation proposals.  Typical award amounts are from $3,000-$4,000 and approximately 5-7 awards are made each year.  

Applications are due on February 13, 2012 by 5pm.  

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The Vimy Global Team Award provides up to $15,000 to an interdisciplinary project team to complete a research or other engagement project abroad.  

First round applications are due on February 20, 2012 by 5pm.  

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Get your 2013 CGI Calendar: Water in Our World

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Our 2013 Calendar is back from the printer and in it we feature some of the amazing photography from the Carolina Global Photo Contest as well as highlight UNC's campus wide theme: Water in our World.

And, as a corollary to our print-edition Calendar, each month you will find additional content online that provides context about UNC's research, programs and academics surrounding the Water theme.

If you haven't received a print-edition calendar, we welcome you to stop by our offices in the FedEx Global Education Center to pick one up, or you can request one by mail.

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CGI Awardee Rachel M Myrick wins Rhodes Scholarship

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CGI Awardee Rachel M Myrick has won a Rhodes Scholarship, becoming the 48th Tar Heel to bring home the honor.  In the fall of 2011 she created a CGI Student Learning Circle to help launch the first ever and wildly successful TEDxUNC event.  Learn more about her achievements here: http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/myrick-rhodes-scholar/ 

Congratulations to our 2013 Banner Contest Winner!

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 Banner Contest Winner Tait Chandler for his photo titled "Mayan Ladder":

"Usually when I am building something, and I can't find a ladder, I give up. James, a Kekchi Mayan man I worked with this summer, did not let a missing ladder slow his work of installing solar panels on a local school house. Elegantly perched on a board propped perilously against a wall, James' feet tell stories of his life. Bringing young children light, computers and hope, one step at a time."--Tait Chandler, Undergraduate Student, Global Studies and Environmental Studies

The photo will be exhibited as a 10x14 ft print in the atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center beginning January 9th.

We will be holding a special Exhibit Awards event on January 30th at 6 pm.  Save the date!  More details soon.

The Carolina Global Photography Exhibition includes amateur photography from around the world taken by UNC students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  The exhibit is hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Study Abroad Office and UNC Global.

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Rotary Fellow Kiran Singh Sirah to Give Keynote at UN Headquarters: Arts as a Social Force for Change

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UNC Folklore Graduate and Rotary International Peace Fellow Kiran Singh Sirah has been invited to give a key note address at the Rotary International UN Day at the UN headquarters entitled “Arts as a Social Force for Change”.

Rotary International's relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, and advisors at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. UN Day, attracts more than 1300 people, including Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, Senior Leaders, and guests, that come together at The UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate this significant and important relationship. 

Kiran began his career as an artist which led him to establish a number of award winning arts-led peace and conflict based programs in the UK, addressing issues as sectarian, ethnic and religious conflict, poverty, and gang violence. Kiran was awarded a Rotary international peace fellowship to study at UNC, based on his work, which explores modern slavery violations and issues that faced socially marginalized people. As a peace fellow, folklorist and a slam poet, Kiran’s interest lies in the power of human creativity, arts and social justice.  

Read his blog post and see a short video of his slam poetry on the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation site.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellows Announced

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The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $150,409 in FY2012 Fulbright-Hays doctoral dissertation funding.  Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies, for periods of 6 to 12 months. Under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, research projects deepen knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.

Congratulations to the following Carolina Fulbright-Hays Fellows: 

Andrew Ringlee, History
The Tsar's Militant Charity: The Red Cross in Imperial Russia, 1867-1914

Mr. Ringlee’s dissertation is the first political, institutional, social, and military history of the Red Cross in tsarist Russia. He hypothesizes that the joint endeavors between the tsarist government and the Russian Red Cross illustrate how state and society worked in tandem to fulfill an essential responsibility of the modern state: the maintenance of the welfare of its citizens. This work analyzes Russia's motives for adopting the Geneva Convention in 1867, the employment of Red Cross medical workers during the Russo-Turkish War and the Russo-Japanese War, and the Russian Cross' peacetime activities in distributing disaster relief and promoting medical education. 

Paul Schissel, Anthropology
Thai Boxing and Masculine Thai Memory 

Mr. Schissel’s research explores how the movements of Thai men involved in Thai boxing establish a basis for memorable interactions in Thai society. Based in boxing camps in Northeast Thailand and Bangkok, he will record how participation changes the material, social and thus, memorable dimensions of Thai boxer's lives. He will also investigate how trainers, gamblers and political officials around the ring determine matches to be balanced and permissible. By documenting these terms of Thai pugilistic exchange he intends to uncover the processes that make a shared time among Thai men: a time shared in both the intimacy of the violent, ritualized clash of Thai boxers and a political world which catalyzes abrupt, violent confrontation amidst periods of stillness, censorship and economic suppression.

Margaret Smith, Public Health
The Feasibility of Eliminating HIV in China

Antiretroviral therapy can prevent sexual HIV transmission by suppressing the concentration of virus in the blood and genital fluids. This fact has generated great interest in the use of ART as an HIV prevention tool; however, little is known about its long-term effects on HIV transmission at the population level. Several studies have reported associations between ART in the index case and lowered risk of HIV transmission. However one study in China observed similar frequencies of HIV transmission whether transmitters were treated or not. These transmissions mark an unexpected departure from the existing literature, and so to better understand the circumstances under which they took place, the proposed study will collect viral load data to identify predictors of HIV transmission.

Audra Yoder, History
From Luxury to Necessity: Tea and National Identity in Russia, 1682-1900

Through a study of tea as a commodity, a social ritual, and a national symbol, Ms. Yoder’s dissertation reexamines controversies surrounding cultural borrowing and identity formation in modern Russia. Between 1682 and 1900, tea evolved from a suspicious foreign substance, to an aristocratic luxury, to a household necessity. The samovar, or tea urn, played a central role in this process, having been adopted by elites in the eighteenth century and imagined as a national symbol by the late nineteenth. Influenced by both Asian and European cultures, she hypothesizes that the development of Russian tea culture facilitated the assimilation of controversies from Russia's past.

Contact: Beth-Ann Kutchma, 919.864.6842, bkutchma@email.unc.edu