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B-CU Professor Awarded Scholarship to Attend International Relations Conference

B-CU Professor Awarded Scholarship to Attend International Relations Conference
at Oxford University in London
Dr. Warren Ashby Only American Recipient of the Scholarship


Dr. Warren Ashby

Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) professor Dr. Warren D. Ashby is heading to London next month to attend The English-Speaking Union’s (ESU) Annual International Relations Conference at Oxford University, Mansfield College.

Ashby is the sole American recipient of a full scholarship to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of the conference, Aug. 9-15. As B-CU advisor for the ESU’s Luard Scholarship program, Ashby was invited to apply for the program and was chosen out of an applicant pool of advisors from historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States.

As assistant professor of English/modern languages and advisor for the B-CU study abroad program, he guides student through the competitive Luard scholarship application process that, for finalists, includes an interview at the ESU offices in New York City. To date, he has coached a dozen B-CU students for an interview in New York, four of which were chosen to spend their junior year in Great Britain as Luard Scholars.

B-CU student Justin Bynum was the only Luard scholar chosen for the 2008-09 academic year and has recently completed his junior year studying at Homerton College at Cambridge University in southeast England.  

Ashby was awarded the conference scholarship for his many years of dedication to international travel and to the Luard Scholarship in particular. He has been teaching and advising at B-CU since 1991. His award includes international air, travel costs to and from Oxford, accommodations, meals, lectures, receptions and visits.

“I was shocked I was chosen,” stated Ashby, who is extending his trip by a week to enjoy a personal vacation in addition to attending the conference. “I am very excited about going to England. I love the country, I love the people, I love the theatre. I am looking mostly toward this experience at Oxford where I will meet people from other parts of the world and discuss the various aspects of England.
The conference addresses a variety of issues relating to both international relations and to Britain’s international role in the world today. The aim of the conference is to give participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Britain and to widen their outlook on world issues. It will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to network with people from various fields, cultures and backgrounds.

“Dr. Ashby has been an outstanding colleague for many years teaching languages here at B-CU,” said English and Modern Languages Department Head Connie Curtis, Ph. D., in her recommendation letter to ESU. “I would love to see Dr. Ashby be able to make contact with people from various fields, cultures and backgrounds and learn about Great Britain and other world issues at the conference. I look forward to his sharing the insights and knowledge gained by this trip with our faculty as we work toward revitalizing our modern language courses.”

Ashby speaks a number of foreign languages and has taught German, French, Spanish and English at B-CU. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Germanic languages and literatures at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

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