CEAPS News & Announcement
CEAPS News & Announcement
- Spring 2017 Course Introduction
This course examines the various ways in which individuals and institutions have tried to come to terms with the concept of wealth and poverty in Korea. Rather than limit the notion of wealth and poverty to the possession of material goods or the lack thereof, this course will explore the various ways in which wealth and poverty create and have created meaning, beauty, ugliness, social relationships, and visions of utopia in Korea. There are no prerequisites or exams for this course. Students will be expected to write weekly reading blogs and three drafts of a research paper on wealth and poverty.
This section is offered through Big Ten Academic Alliance Program via CIC CourseShare and will be video-conference taught by a faculty at University of Michigan. Class will meet from Jan. 17- April 18, with no class meetings during the weeks of Feb. 25 and March 20. Class will meet in 4057 LH.
Feel free to contact Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (director of the Korean language program) if you have any question about the course.SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations
This course is offered as a second 8-week course in the Spring and uses a blended learning approach. Students complete a service learning placement with a grassroots organization in a variety of East Asian or Pacific countries for two months during the summer. Students apply for these service experiences from within the Omprakash network of Partner Organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. Alternatively, the student can work with existing department or university-level partnerships in the region. During their service learning experience, participants engage with local communities, document local perspectives, and work with the grassroots organization to promote social change. Each student develops this experience into a final Capstone Project.
Contact: Lough, Benjamin James
- East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship Winner
We are happy to announce our 2016-2017 East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship winner, Jonathan Thumas. Jonathan is a second year PhD student studying premodern Japanese religions in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He holds an MA in East Asian Religions from Columbia University and a BA in Religion from Roanoke College. He will be continuing his research on discourses of fear and protection in Japanese Buddhist ritual, representation, and materiality, focusing on the 11th and 12th centuries. Along with supporting this research, the CEAPS fellowship will allow him to pursue coursework in 4th year modern Japanese, classical Chinese, and graduate seminars on Japanese history and religion.
- Spotlight: Travel Grants for Faculty to Visit University of Illinois Campus
We would like to share a story about a project we have been very proud to help bring to fruition as a National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. One of our projects this cycle funds faculty from community colleges and minority serving institutions to help develop curriculum in courses about East Asia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Professors Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, who envisioned resurrecting a course that had not been taught on their campus for twenty years: Cultural Values in the Eastern World. They did this by planning big, making several visits over the summer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus to meet with faculty and graduate students with expertise in the cultures of East Asia and hosting a film series in the fall featuring one film each from China, Japan, and Korea. Intended as a way to encourage interest in the course, the program was so well organized and promoted that each screening had 50-60 people in the audience. Speakers from the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois introduced the films and led lively discussion afterwards. This recruiting worked: Green and Van Heuklom are currently co-teaching Cultural Values in the Eastern World to sixteen students. This semester, Professors Green and Van Heuklom – with assistance from art professor and gallery coordinator Leslie Stalter – arranged for an art exhibit of fascinating materials from Lincoln Land’s Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Collection to be held in the James S. Murray Gallery, next to where the class is taught, so an even broader audience could view the pieces. Their efforts caught the attention of the local news channel, which featured the exhibit and their work in a segment that you can view here:
You can find out more about the exhibit on Lincoln Land’s website:
Professor Tim Humphrey, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Lincoln Land, said of the partnership between Lincoln Land and CEAPS: “The partnership between the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies has been a true blessing for our Humanities Department as well as our community. The film series and guest speakers brought some much needed attention to our Cultural Values in the Eastern World class. New interest in Eastern thought is evident in the class enrollment. In addition, these films and guest speakers provided valuable insight to our community concerning Asian culture. I sincerely hope that we can continue this partnership.”
We congratulate Professors Green and Van Heuklom for putting together not only a course that can now be regularly offered at Lincoln Land, but also making great contributions to education about Asia on their campus and in the Springfield community. We look forward to continuing to help them grow their programs and deepen the ties between our institutions.
- SAO Exchange: Chinese University of Hong Kong
·Prestige; consistently top-ranked institution
·Affordability; costs less than a semester at Illinois
·English instruction; spanning across a variety of academic areas
·Cultural immersion; integration with local students
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- SAO Provider: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand
·Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand
·Hands-on, experiential program design
·Challenging academic material
·Collaboration with local communities
·Expeditions to hill tribe villages and islands
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