International Festival at the Overture Center

Saturday, April 1
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stop by our booth to learn about WIRC and international studies at UW. Learn how to write your name in a new script with our local language experts!

Click here to learn more about the International Festival!

World Cinema Day 2023, featuring Rickshaw Girl

Join us for World Cinema Day on April 14
11:00 AM Shannon Hall, UW-Madison Campus

Mitali Perkins, author of Rickshaw Girl, will introduce the film and engage with students in a Q&A session following the screening

Register and learn more about our event here.

International Children’s Literature Celebration: Folk and Fairy Tales

Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2023 for day of exploring folk tale traditions around the world!

This special educator workshop and celebration features award-winning authors and local experts, who will share books focused on folk and fairytales from various world regions. Authors will present mini lectures, engage in a roundtable discussion, and sign copies of their books for attendees.

Click here to learn more and reserve your seat!



The Wisconsin International Resource Consortium (WIRC) is a collaboration among the nine UW-Madison Area Studies Centers with the mission to provide internationally themed outreach programming, resources, and support to K-14 teachers and students, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and Community Colleges. 

WIRC efforts and initiatives are an extension of the Global Wisconsin Idea

WIRC Members

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African Studies Program

Center for East Asian Studies

European Studies

Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC)

Outreach Coordinator: Essie Lenchner


IRIS Outreach Programs



Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Middle East Studies Program

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

Center for South Asia

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

WIRC Co-Chairs

Essie Lenchner

Position title: WIRC Chair and IRIS NRC Assistant Director


Sarah Ripp

Position title: WIRC Chair and LACIS Assistant Director