Three Students to Spend Summer Studying 'Critical' Languages

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three University of Arkansas students have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of State to study languages this summer as part of the Critical Language Scholarship program. The program is designed to address America’s critical need for students who are knowledgeable about the languages and cultures of a broad range of foreign countries, from Chinese and Russian to Indonesian and Urdu. 

Nathan Falls of Conway, a chemistry and history major in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, will study Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan. 

John Huber of Fayetteville, a German major in Fulbright College, will study Arabic in Morocco.

Saba Naseem of Fayetteville, a journalism, Middle East studies and French major in Fulbright College, will study Arabic in Jordan.

These students are among more than 5,200 who applied for the Critical Language Scholarships. They will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language study this summer and also take part in structured cultural enrichment experiences. Students in the program are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their language skills in their future professional careers. 

The Critical Language Scholarship program is one of many academic and professional exchange programs supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education.


Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
University Relations


U of A United Way Campaign Set to Begin Soon

This year’s U of A United Way Campaign begins Oct. 2 and runs through Nov. 3. Renewals and new donations will be accepted online throughout the campaign.

Adult and Lifelong Learning Student Recognized as Top 10 Civics Teacher of the Year Award Finalist

After 21 years of teaching in the public school system, Jessica Culver was recently recognized as a top 10 finalist for the Bill of Rights Institute's nationwide Civics Teacher of the Year Award.

Medical Humanities Sponsors Talk on History of Mumps

The Medical Humanities Program and Department of History will host a talk from Professor Matthew P. Romaniello of Weber State University on Oct. 6 from 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. in Gearhart Hall 130.

National Leaders to Discuss U.S. Child Labor Laws

The Arkansas Law Review's annual symposium will feature 13 scholars, lawyers and child labor experts during sessions on Oct. 13 in the law school's E.J. Ball Courtroom. Register to reserve a seat.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With the University Libraries

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Mullins Library staff have compiled a list of ebooks and streaming videos available to all students, staff and faculty. Stop by Mullins Library to see the display, too.

News Daily