Project IMUSE


Project IMUSE is a Harvard University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University student initiative aiming to foster mutual curiosity, respect, and understanding between people in China, Europe, and the United States by providing top college and graduate students from these regions an intimate forum for discussion and deep personal reflection about the key issues affecting China and the world today.

Every year, we accept about 30 students from China, Europe, and the USA to participate in a week long fellowship based in Beijing. This year, our fellowship will take place from Aug. 12 – 23 (12-19 in Beijing and 20-23 in Hong Kong). We are currently accepting applications on our website at, and we highly encourage students to apply.

Please feel free to email us with any questions. Meanwhile, please check out the the following videos to learn more about Project IMUSE: and Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our program. Please forward our program information to any student groups or administrations that would be interested in Sino-US Relations.


Harvard IMUSE Team

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Session

From: Fulbright <>

Dear Colleagues,


Do you have exceptional students who would benefit from grants for study and research abroad?  Of course you do!


The Fulbright U.S. Student Programfunds nine months abroad to study, research or teach English in countries around the world.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1-2:30PM, BUR 125



Fulbright awards graduating seniors, recent graduates and alumni to travel for academic work in all disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and the performing and creative arts.  A number of countries also offer grants for those who wish to serve as English teaching assistants.

If your students aren’t quite ready, the competition happens every year, and we’d like to put the Fulbright Program in exceptional students’ minds as a goal to strive for after graduation!


The Calendar:

Day Month Dates Times Location Event
Fri APRIL 25 1:00-2:30pm UT Campus

Burdine Hall 136

Fulbright Info Session,  Alumni Presentation:

Rachel Reetzke (Public Health-China 2011-2012)

Thurs MAY 1 N/A N/A Online Application Opens
Mon or Tues TBA MAY 5 or 6 TBA TBA TBA Fulbright Info Session, Alumni Presentation: TBA
Wed-Fri SEPT 10-12 N/A N/A Emails sent out notifying applicants of interview slot
Mon-Fri SEPT 15-19,




International Office, RM TBA Campus Faculty/Mentor Interviews


15 5pm EST N/A Online Application Due
N/A MAR 2015 Mid-late N/A N/A Awards Announcements



The Fine Print:

The 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student competition will open on May 1, 2014.  The Fulbright U.S. Student program is open to graduate students at all levels, undergraduates who will have completed their degree by the beginning of the grant period (for most countries, Sept. 1, 2014) and non-students who hold a bachelor’s degree.  The program is restricted to U.S. citizens.  The grants are for study and research abroad, and are available for most countries.  Grants are awarded for all disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and the performing and creative arts.  A number of countries also offer grants for those who wish to serve as English teaching assistants.


An information session for prospective applicants will be presented by an Alumni Ambassador from the Institute of International Education on Friday, April 25 from 1:00-2:30 PM in Burdine 136.


Deadlines and Procedures:


1.  Potential applicants must register with us, by sending an email to:  The email should give the applicant’s name, contact information, academic status (i.e., undergrad, grad, alumnus), country or region of interest, and area of study or research topic.


2.  The applicant should go to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website

( for country summaries, information about preparing an application, and, starting May 1, to begin the online application process.


3.  The applicant should also review our campus website:


4.  Campus Deadline: The applicant must submit copies of all application materials electronically to our office by 2 PM on September 3. Interviews are tentatively scheduled between September 15 and September 26.  While the deadline for final submission to the national office has not yet been announced, my expectation is that it will be around mid-October 15, 2014.


Again, I invite you to encourage eligible and interested students (and alumni) to consider applying.  For the most recent statistical year (2013-14), UT applicants received the 7th highest number of awards of all institutions in the nation and can boast the 3rd  highest award percentage per applicant pool for the top ten institutions at just over 31%. As a Fulbrighter myself (Brazil, 1990), I can testify to the lifelong value of this extraordinary program, and I am hoping that we can make that experience available to your students as well.




Lindsay Hale, Ph.D.

University Extension | Continuing Education

Chair, Fulbright U.S. Student Program Campus Committee



American Studies Graduate Events Committee: Spring Symposium theme of SECURITY/INSECURITY, featuring Dr. Torin Monahan

Please join the American Studies Graduate Events Committee for our Spring Symposium on our departmental theme of SECURITY/INSECURITY, featuring Dr. Torin Monahan. Dr. Monahan is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He’s the author of the 2011 Surveillance Studies Book Prize winning text Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (2010) and has published a number of works on surveillance and security programs and their relationship to social inequality. Dr. Monahan’s current NSF-funded collaborative research project analyzes data-sharing practices through Department of Homeland Security “fusion centers.”

Dr. Monahan will be speaking in Garrison 1.126 on Thursday, March 27th, at 5pm. He will be introduced by Simone Browne, Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies here at UT. Dr. Browne has written extensively on surveillance and race, and will facilitate a Q&A after the talk. This event is sponsored by American Studies and The Robert R. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, with special thanks to the UT Graduate Student Assembly.

An abstract of Dr. Monahan’s talk:

The voracious collection and promiscuous sharing of data define contemporary security organizations. While the seemingly disembodied, intelligent, and passive nature of new surveillance techniques appears to be less prone to bias or abuse, such techniques are infused with interpretive actions that afford racial, religious, and political profiling. Drawing upon empirical research on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “fusion centers,” this talk will explore the politics of emergent security paradigms. Fusion-center officials propose to fight distributed networks of criminals or terrorists with similarly distributed digital networks that overcome traditional jurisdictional boundaries. Through their intelligence activities, though, fusion centers perform an erasure, or a selective non-generation, of data about their own practices, thereby creating zones of opacity that shield them from accountability. This is concerning particularly because fusion centers are rapidly becoming primary portals for law-enforcement investigations and the model for information sharing by security agencies more broadly.

We hope to see you there!

-AMS Grad Events Committee

– Rachel

Rachel Rutter

Graduate Coordinator – American Studies Department

University of Texas
2505 University Ave, B7100
Burdine Hall 437
Austin, TX 78712


Apply to be a Graduate Student Assembly Officer!

The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for executive officers for the 2014-15 operating year.  Serve on the executive board of the Graduate Student Assembly, the official voice of all 13,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Texas at Austin. 
As a GSA Officer, you have the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills as you represent one of the largest graduate student bodies in the country.  You will connect with other graduate and professional students from across the University while promoting the academic welfare of graduate students.
Officer positions are varied and suited to many talents.  The list of open positions is:
Administrative Director

Academic Affairs Director
Communications Director

Finance Director 
Legislative Affairs Director
Programs and Events Director
Student Affairs Director

Each of these positions is described more fully in the attached application.  Completed applications should be dropped off in the GSA Mailbox in SAC 3.102 or sent via email (PDF) to by Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5 PM CST.
GSA Officers are compensated for their dedication with a stipend of $2,000/year, plus a University parking pass.  All graduate and professional students, including working TAs and RAs, are eligible to apply.

For more information about the GSA, please contact your departmental representative or visit:


Spring 2014 Symposium
with special guest respondent Professor “Dumpster” aka Jeff Wilson


This year at the annual Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability Annual Symposium participating students from across the University will present their sustainability research in an exciting poster session. Topics range from sustainable preservation, to placemaking, to environmental stewardship in urban environments. “Green in the New Black” students from Hutson-Tillotson will be attending the event to join in on these collaborative sustainability discussions. Lunch will be provided.

WHEN: Friday, April 4th 12:00-2:30pm 

WHERE: Goldsmith Hall Review Room 3.118 

RSVP to:

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students at the University of Texas at Austin with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. The program supplements a student’s graduate work, similar to a minor area of study or a certificate.


For more INFORMATION, visit

or contact the program coordinator, Catie Carter at

catie carter
Research Associate – Center for Sustainable Development
PhD Student – Sustainable Design
The University of Texas, Austin - 512.475.7996 

Talk: “Enemies of the State: Pussy Riot and the New Russian Protest Culture” by Artemy Troitsky

A legend of Rock culture in Russia joins us in Austin tomorrow– don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear him speak!

Talk: “Enemies of the State: Pussy Riot and the New Russian Protest Culture” by Artemy Troitsky

Thu, March 6, 2014 • 12:30 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302


Artemy Troitsky is a celebrated Russian activist, cultural critic, university lecturer and journalist. He is the author of Back in the U.S.S.R. : The True Story of Rock in Russia (1987) and Tusovka: Who’s Who in New Soviet Rock Culture (1990), as well as several recent Russian-language volumes on music and culture in Russia. He has lent his voice to the Putin-era culture wars, including the circumstances around the arrest, imprisonment, and recent release of Russian punk band members, “Pussy Riot.”

Click here for an NPR broadcast on Russian Rock Culture featuring Troitsky from Sound Opinions on WBEZ Chicago!

Check out our flyers for this event here.

This talk is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Plan II, the Department of English, the Department of Theater and Dance, the Performance as Public Practice Program, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Department of Communication Studies.

Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies &
Center for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies
The University of Texas at Austin, BUR 444
2505 University Ave., Stop F3600
Austin, TX 78712


Project IMUSE

Dear Recipient:

Hello, my name is Brian Oh and I am a junior at Harvard University. I am contacting you because I am a student representative from Harvard IMUSE (Initiating Mutual Understanding Through Student Exchange), emailing you to ask for your assistance in publicizing our summer conference in China this year to undergraduate and graduate students. We received your contact information from the international center of your respective university, and hope that you will notify individuals to apply to this wonderful opportunity.

IMUSE ( founded in 2008 through a collaboration between Harvard University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University students, aiming to foster mutual curiosity, respect, and understanding between people in China, Europe, and the United States. Our conference provides top college and graduate students an intimate forum for discussion and deep personal reflection about key issues affecting China and the world today. What makes IMUSE different from other conferences is its small size of 30 participants selected through a rigorous application process in which we choose the brightest university students from US, China, and around the world.
The publicity task is simple. We only ask that you will be able to notify your organization(s) and individual(s) of this opportunity, and to put posters around the university when we send it the file to you. This will help us create a diverse group of individuals interested and involved in the conference.
Please let us know if it is possible for you to publicize this opportunity and if there are other contacts we should email.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Brian J. Oh

Register to attend the Startup Job and Internship Fair on Friday, Feb 28, 10:30am-2pm

From: Columbia Mishra <>

Subject: Register to attend the Startup Job and Internship Fair on Friday, Feb 28, 10:30am-2pm

Dear Graduate Students,
Interested in internships or full time positions in a startup setting in Austin area or just want to find out more about what is it really like to work for a startup? Consider attending the:

Startup Job Fair
Friday, Feb 28, 10:30am-2pm
Texas Union Ballroom 

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is a title sponsor and co-host of the first event of the UT Entrepreneurship Week, the Startup Job & Internship Fair, where startup companies from the Austin area will be looking to add UT talent to their teams. For more information or updates about UT Entrepreneurship Week, visit and follow the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency on Twitter, @utlea, and Facebook,

This is the first event of the UT Entrepreneurship Week organized from February 28th through March 6th by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency, in partnership with many groups across campus. There will be 18 events throughout the 7-day period, all serving a variety of startup-related interests and concluding with a presentation from one of UT’s most successful entrepreneurs, Michael Dell. 

Columbia Mishra
President | Graduate Student Assembly
The University of Texas at Austin