Graduate School and International Programs
by the flags of more than 100 nations, students and
scholars from 73 countries gathered in the Kansas Union
Ballroom on Oct. 22 for food and festivities during
the "World at KU" reception. KU's international
community came to the fourth annual gathering designed
to recognize approximately 1,800 international students
and scholars at KU this year.
"The international community is a vital part of
what makes KU a great university. It would be hard to
overestimate the contributions of visiting scholars
and faculty to research and teaching, and the presence
of international students helps domestic students understand
that the world is bigger than just this state or this
country. This reception is an effort to show our appreciation
for what these people mean to KU," said Joe Potts,
director of international student and scholar services.
Chancellor Robert Hemenway presented the International
Student Organization Service Award to the International
Student Association. The Bangladesh Student Association
received an honorable mention. In addition to socializing,
participants from countries such as Russia, South Africa,
Iran, Japan, and India savored international desserts
donated by Lawrence restaurants, and entered a drawing
for door prizes donated by KU businesses.
Gaston Araoz, a junior from Bolivia, has attended World
at KU each year since he arrived on campus.
"I feel honored and proud to represent my country
on campus, and it's amazing how the university has organized
this event to thank all international students for choosing
KU," Araoz said. "This year I had the immense
privilege to receive the International Student Organization
Service Award as a representative of the International
Student Association. I was also impressed by the number
of American students that attended the event. What I
really like about this event is that it gives us the
opportunity to meet other international students as
well as Americans. It makes you realize that you are
not alone on this huge campus.,"
KU's International Student and Scholar Services, Office
of International Programs, and Applied English Center
sponsored the reception.
Philosophy graduate students and married couple
gaining teaching experience while living abroad
Chris and Delilah Caldwell can look forward to gaining
teaching experience while living abroad this year. The
philosophy graduate students and married couple are
teaching in the Humanities and Western Civilization
Program based in Paris and Florence.
"We're philosophy students who love the humanities.
Paris and Florence are important centers of western
thought. We know we'll learn a lot there," said
Both Caldwells are teaching European Culture and Society,
1945- Present--Chris in the fall, Delilah in the spring.
In addition to teaching, they both will finish their
dissertations, intending to return to KU late in the
fall semester to defend.
"Chris and Delilah have each done distinguished
academic work in philosophy. They have excelled at all
levels and in all contexts - two of the best philosophy
graduate students in the department's history,"
said Tony Genova, chair of the philosophy department.
Finishing their dissertations is not the couple's only
goal this year. They also want to expand their teaching
skills. They have been GTAs since 1996. Both Chris and
Delilah have taught in the philosophy department and
in the Western Civilization program. Delilah also has
taught in the English department.
"This experience will broaden our ability to teach
humanities and help us in our pursuit of careers in
higher education as faculty members. We couldn't have
taught this class at KU so now we get this incredible
opportunity to teach a different class abroad. It's
a great way to end our time at KU," Delilah said.
The class will have special meaning being taught in
Europe, so the Caldwells have designed the course with
sections on Italian thinkers while the juniors and seniors
in the program are in Italy. While in Paris, the students
will study Sartre.
"We'll get to take the students where the intellectuals
were, the places that were important to them,"
"We were concerned to design a course that would
really introduce our students to the context in which
they're living for the semester: contemporary Europe,
and especially France and Italy. EURS 302 has also opened
up an exciting new opportunity for HWC graduate instructors,
preparing and teaching the new course and experiencing
a semester in Europe," said Jim Woelfel, director
of the Western Civilization program.
Chris' field is ethical theory, so the time in France
and Italy will allow him to incorporate different views
of ethics as well as to see different systems. His dissertation
title is "Motivating Ethical Pluralism." Delilah
is studying epistemology, and she hopes to attend a
conference in Spain while she's in Europe. Her dissertation
is "Language and the Objectivity of Values."
The Caldwells are teaching one of four coursescontained
in the Western Civilization Program Abroad. Matt Stein,
a longtime volunteer discussion leader, will be the
faculty director in the fall, and Professor Caroline
Jewers will lead the program in the spring.
This is the first extended time abroad for both Caldwells
so they are looking forward to being immersed in French
and Italian cultures, traveling, and seeing art and
For more information, visit the Graduate
School and Office
of International Programs websites.