New Ancient Near Eastern Studies Coordinator The Kennedy Center is pleased to welcome Cecilia M. Peek as the new Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES) program faculty coordinator. A Champion for Indigenous Languages “I feel strongly the drive to strengthen, promote and make visible indigenous languages and safeguard the loss of these languages...” Shumway on Argentina’s Political History “[The book] is an introduction for English readers to the amazing Mariquita Sánchez, and it is a fresh look at Juan Manuel de Rosas...' New Record for Gilman Scholarships “Applying for the Gilman Scholarship was easier than I thought it would be. [The Kennedy Center] scholarship advisement is there to help you every step of the way.' Hyer on China's Border Strategy “While researching the book, I visited most all of China’s border regions to see for myself what was happening along China’s border." Advancing Arabic "Most students prepare for the yearlong capstone in Morocco by taking four semesters of Arabic and participating in BYU’s study abroad at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Jordan." A Photo Contest for Everyone “Students can be creative in their interpretation of what it means to 'Expand your world' from their homes.” Top Language Programs "According to a recent article from the Daily Universe, based on an independent study, BYU is first in the nation for Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian and third in the nation overall for its language degrees." On Racial Inequality "It is so easy for us to surround ourselves with what is familiar, but it is when we leave our comfort zone and interact with others that we are able to confront our own racial prejudices and biases." Record for Boren Scholarships “The more time a student spends on her/his application, the greater the chances are of receiving the award.” 2020 Virtual Convocation “Graduates were given a shout-out by name while 'Pomp and Circumstance' played." Thirty Years of Service “We picked a simple theme that the world is improving and focused on that. Most people are surprised to know that the world is getting better.” Model EU 2020 "Model EU students hone their research, public speaking, negotiation, and other diplomatic skills." The Foreign Service Path "Is there a direct path to success in the Foreign Service? If there is, BYU’s international relations students would like to know."