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FLAS Fellows

Each year, the US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. FLAS funds are intended to support high-level second language acquisition among US professionals.

Current FLAS Fellows (2017-2018)

Summer 2017

Graduate Students:

Mariah Crystal, WGSS, KiSwahili
Lia Thompson, Anthropology, Kiswahili
Jenna Swanson, AAAS, Arabic
Delarice Staley, AAAS, Wolof
Mfon Udoinyang, Linguistics, Kiswahili
Angela Murphy, Rhetoric, Wolof

Undergraduate Students:

Sierra Hurd, Anthropology/ Pre-Medicine, Wolof
Emily Hoy, African Studies, Wolof
Daniel Lee, Global and International Studies/French, Kiswahili


Academic Year 2017-2018

Graduate Students:

Mariah Crystal, WGSS, KiSwahili
Lia Thompson, Anthropology, Kiswahili
Jenna Swanson, AAAS, Arabic
Delarice Staley, AAAS, Wolof
Julie Morris, Geography, Kiswahili

Undergraduate Students:

Sierra Hurd, Anthropology/ Pre-Medicine, Wolof
Emily Hoy, African Studies, Wolof
Daniel Lee, Global and International Studies/French, Kiswahili
Caitlin Smith, AAAS, Arabic

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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