March 30, 2011
Giuseppe Lanza, a senior, was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S.
Department of State to study Turkish. The
scholarship fully funds an eight-week language immersion program in Izmir,
Lanza, a native of
Washington, D.C., is using the scholarship to get a head start on his academic
career. He plans to go to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in medical
“My grandfather was an
international educator and his first assignment was in Ankara. My father was
born there, so I’ve always been interested in Turkey,” he said. “I am
particularly interested in studying health care access issues, specifically the
treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who have
increasingly been the subject of violence in the country.”
The Critical Language
Scholarship is part of the U.S. government effort to expand the number of
Americans studying and master critical foreign languages.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers 7
advanced degrees and 33 undergraduate degrees, including a B.A. in Cultural
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