WPU Awarded Grant from Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF) to Support Global Studies, Political Science, and Foreign Languages
William Peace University is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF) to support its Global Studies and Political Science majors, as well as foreign language offerings.
The grant will primarily help enhance academic programming, fund internships, student research, and travel for students at WPU.
“I am very grateful for the generosity of the Esperantic Studies Foundation in supporting WPU and our students. Their grant to the University will allow WPU students to broaden their horizons personally and professionally,” said Dr. Vincent Melomo, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics.
“Through this partnership, ESF will help the Global Studies and the Political Science departments to expand beyond their curricula and provide opportunities for interested students to study languages and language issues, both domestically and abroad.”
The Esperantic Studies Foundation was established in 1968 as a vehicle for promoting scholarly research and dialogue on issues concerned with world language problems and policies, including the planned international language Esperanto.
“ESF works to further the understanding and practice of linguistic justice and aims to develop and support excellence in scholarship, education, and interlingual communication,” said Charles O. Mays, Executive Director of the Esperantic Studies Foundation. “Among the Foundation’s activities are grants to colleges and universities to support the teaching and learning of the international language Esperanto and to create among young people a better understanding of how languages interact and compete in the management of world affairs.”
“I am grateful that ESF has become a part of the Peace community, and I look forward to seeing our students grow as part of the ESF community as well,” Melomo said.
The Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro, NASK, the official summer Esperanto workshop, will be hosted at William Peace University July 3-12, 2018.