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Terra Nostra* FALL 2012

*Latin for “Our World”

Published each semester by the International Education Center of Georgia College. Available online at gcsu.edu/international

Building Asian Studies at Georgia College: Japan, Korea, India, China and Beyond For more than a dozen years from the early 1990s Georgia College filled its first Japanese language classes with students interested in manga (Japanese comics typically printed in black and white) and anime (Japanese cartoons and computer animation). Now that the university no longer teaches Japanese, students with similar interests still go abroad for enriching and life-changing semester or year-long exchange experiences at GC’s partner universities. "Georgia College has exchange agreements with J. F. Oberlin University, Ritsumeikan University and Kanasai Gaidai University.

INDEX Building Asian Studies at Georgia College ............................................1 The Flights of Jan Wiener ...............1 Can Bad Guys Have Good Kung Fu? ...............................3 Experience Japan ............................3 Music and the Holocaust.................4

Visitors from Xihua University in Chengdu, China: front row left to right: Dr. Jiachuan Zhang, director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, XU; Dr. Xiucheng Dong, dean of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, XU; Dr. Jinge Wang, dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, XU; Dr. Jian Ping He, vice president for Academic Affairs, XU; Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, interim provost, GC; Dr. Sandy Gangstead, dean of the College of Health Sciences, GC; Ken Procter, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Jane Hinson, dean of the College of Education; back row left to right: Dr. Dwight Call, assistant vice president for international education, GC; Dr. Jiaqin Yang, professor management, GC; and Dr. Dale Young, interim dean, College of Business, GC

In the current academic year, two GC students have been studying in Japan, Gray Maxwell at Ritsumeikan and Janicecia Nobles at Kansai Gaidai, and two Ritsumeikan students have been at Georgia College, Ai Fujikawa and Oishi Katsuaki. In September Dr. Melanie DeVore, professor of biological and environmental sciences, attended a conference in Tokyo and visited J. F. Oberlin University to learn about its excellent science programs. GC partnerships with two Korean universities were established more recently – Pukyong National University in Busan in 2006 and Korea National University of

Transportation in Chungju earlier this year. Eunji Ahn, an exchange student from Pukyong is studying at Georgia College this fall, and two faculty members from Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT) are doing research in Milledgeville this academic year, Dr. Yoonae Ahn, as a mentee of Lecturer Caroline Collier in computer science, and Dr. Hyojeong Lee, as a mentee of Dr. Kirk Armstrong in Kinesiology. The university anticipates the outcomes of the India initiative of the past several years with collaboration possible in criminal justice, business and education. Dr. Dwight Call, assistant vice president for international, who was selected and participated in the Fulbright-Nehru India International Education Project Administrators Seminar, has been in correspondence with administrators at Lady Shri Ram College in the University of Delhi system regarding a partnership that will be mutually beneficial. For the second year in a row, LSR College for Women has been rated the best Arts College in India and has exchange relationships with Bryn Mawr and Smith College, among others.

See STUDIES, p.2 International Week .......................4-5

The Flights of Jan Wiener

Study Abroad ..................................6 New World Mathematics Abroad .......................6

Artistic boundaries were challenged and pushed in The Flights of Jan Wiener (Lety Jana Wienera), a fantasy/reality movement/theatre-based performance in celebration of a Czech hero. Written by Department of Theatre Chair Dr. Karen Berman and her husband Paul Accettura, the play was a collaboration between Washington Women in Theatre and Georgia College and centers on the life of the Czech Holocaust survivor and hero Jan Wiener (1920-2010). This past summer, nine theatre majors presented the new play in the Eastern European Theatre Festival in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, and throughout Prague to school children and adults.

Los Valientes....................................7 A Fashion Extravanganze ................7 Green Towel Around the World ....8 Alumnus Honored by Japan-America Society of Georgia............................................8 Alumni News ...................................9 Alumnus Settles in Italy .................10 Two Students in Japan..................11 Pledge Form..................................11 Georgia College theatre students together with Mrs. Zuzana Wiener (widow of Jan Wiener), front row left to right: Kayla Crane, Mrs. Zuzana Wiener, Dr. Karen Berman, Troy Hencely; second row left to right: Allison Peasely, Zack Bradford, Amy Carpenter, Justin Harrison; standing left to right: Jordan Hale, Leah Keelan, Tyler Voyles, Czech Host Dr. Standa Bohadlo, professor of musicology, University of Hradec Králové

See FLIGHT, p.2

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Terra Nostra Fall 2012