Past Summer Institutes

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2016 Summer Programs

Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates:  July 31 - August 11, 2017
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Islam in Asia:  Traditions and Transformations
Dates:  June 12 - July 7, 2017
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Infusing Southeast Asia into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates:  August 1-12, 2016

Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This multidisciplinary, two-week faculty development program offers undergraduate educators opportunities to interact with leading Asian studies experts in an intensive program of lectures, discussions, film screenings, and cultural events. The program is designed to assist individual faculty members and institutional teams develop course curricula and strategies for Asian studies program development.
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Confucian Asia:  Traditions and Transformation
Dates: June 13 - July 15, 2016
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
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2015 Summer Programs
Buddhist Asia:  Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations
Dates:  May 25 - June 26, 2015
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This multidisciplinary program offers context-rich engagement with Buddhist teachings, practices and primary texts (in translation), with a  focus on how they have shaped and been shaped by cultures and societies throughout Asia.
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Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates:  July 27 - August 7, 2015
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
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2014 Summer Programs
The Mongols and the Eurasian Nexus of Global History
Dates:  May 26 - June 27, 2014
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This institute will provide participants with five weeks of enthusiastically-delivered and intellectually-absorbing lectures, discussions, museum visits, and films focused on investigating the Mongol period of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
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Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Politics into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates:  July 21 - August 8, 2014
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This multidisciplinary institute fosters faculty and program development aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies.
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2013 Summer Programs
 
Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Literature into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates:  July 22 - August 9, 2013
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This multidiscipilnary, three-week Institute fosters faculty and program development aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies.
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Third Annual Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute
Dates:  July 6 - August 3, 2013
Location:  Shandong, China
This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.
Announcement (pdf)
 
China Field Seminar
Dates:  June 3 - 22, 2013
Location:  Various locations, China
The 2013 Field Study will focus on China's historical encounters with its Western neighbors in Eurasia through Silk Roads trade and diplomacy, and with Europe and the Americas during the modern era.
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Contemporary Chinese Society:  A Faculty Development Institute for Building Chinese Studies
Dates:  July 1 - 12, 2013
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
A UISFL Title VI project on Chinese Language and Culture Studies
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Japanese Culture and Society
Dates:  May 20 - 31, 2013
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
A Faculty Development Seminar for Wabash College and DePauw University
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2012 Summer Programs
UISFL Residential Workshop on Chinese Histories in Global Contexts
Dates: June 17-30, 2012
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This two-week program is part of a 3-year project funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant.
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NEH Symposium on Thinking Through Cultural Diversity: Bridging Cultural Differences in Asian Traditions
Dates: July 12-20, 2012
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This program launches a 3-year project on Thinking through Cultural Diversity, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative.
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Institute on Infusing East Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dates: July 23-August 10, 2012
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This flagship ASDP program on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individual teachers and institutional teams from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities.
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China Seminar for Wabash College and DePauw University
Dates: July 30-August 10, 2012
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This seminar is the second of three faculty development seminars that are being offered to faculty from Wabash College and DePauw University. Funded through a Mellon Foundation grant, the seminar is part of a 3-year effort to build East Asia studies at Wabash and DePauw through a range of activities including research, travel in Asia, and both faculty and curriculum development.
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Nishan Confucian Summer Institute
Dates:June 6-July 23, 2012
Location: Shandong, China
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Summer Program Overview 2012

University of Tokyo-University of Hawaii Summer Residential Institute in Comparative Philosophy
Dates: July 30 - August 17, 2012
Location: University of Hawaii, Manoa- Honolulu, Hawaii
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2011 Summer Programs

The Dynamics of Cultural Unity and Diversity in Southeast Asia
(June 20-July 22, 2011)
This 5-week, NEH-funded Summer Institute on Dynamics of Cultural Unity and Diversity in Southeast Asia is designed to enable undergraduate educators infuse significant content on Southeast Asian cultures and societies into their teaching. Southeast Asia is one of the world's cultural, environmental and economic hotspots, and there are significant challenges in teaching about a region that is so geographically and culturally varied. In this Institute, these challenges will be met by investigating how Southeast Asian cultures and societies have themselves negotiated impulses for both unity and diversity, with a particular focus on how the interplay of indigenous and outside cultures of authority have distinctively shaped religious, political, literary, artistic and historiographical traditions in the region. For a detailed description of the program, please follow the link below to the Dear Colleague Letter.
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Dear Colleague Letter
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Chinese Culture and Humanities:  A Faculty Development Institute for Building Chinese Studies
Directed by: Dr. Peter Hershock - East West Center
Lead Academic: Dr. Roger T. Ames - University of Hawaii
Dates: June 6-17, 2011
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 
This program is part of a 3-year project funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant. On this project, ASDP is working with teams of faculty members from three community colleges and three universities, making use of ASDP's "curriculum development through faculty development" approach to enhancing undergraduate Asian studies. The summer residential institutes, campus workshops and conferences hosted as part of this project will result in collaboratively developed, self-sustaining, and campus-specific Chinese studies certificate and minor programs on each participating campus, built around: three core courses in Chinese literature, history and contemporary society; the infusion of significant Chinese content into a range of humanities and social science courses; and improved Chinese language instruction. The project aims to serve as a nationally-applicable model for "fast-tracking" the integrated development of foreign language and culture studies programs.
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China Field Seminar:  Northeast China
Dates:  June 19-July 10, 2011
Directed by:  Dr. Frederick Lau - University of Hawaii
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Institute on Infusing China and Korea into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Directed by:  Dr. Peter Hershock - East-West Center
Lead Academic: Dr. Stanley Murashige - Art Institute of Chicago
Dates:  July 25-August 12, 2011
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
This annual three-week Institute, funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation, fosters faculty and institutional development related to the undergraduate teaching and learning about Asia cultures and societies. The focus of the 2011 program will be China and Korea in their regional and global contexts. This multidisciplinary program will feature lectures and discussions on the culture, religious traditions, history, arts and contemporary complexion of the region, and is designed to assist participants develop concrete strategies for enhancing Asian studies offerings on their home campuses.
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2011 Confucian Studies Summer Camp International Program for Teacher of Chinese Culture
Dates: July 2-30, 2011
Location: Sichui County, Shandong Province, China 
The International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture is an invitation to spend a month reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames, Henry Rosemont, Jr. and Chensan Tian at a newly established Confucian academy at the site of Confiucius's birth, career and death. 
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Imagining Japan: Literatures, Arts and Religions
Date:  September 15 - 17, 2011
Hosted in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the College of DuPage
Local contact:  Keith Krasemann (email)
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2003 - 2010 Summer Programs

The Silk Roads: Early Globalizations and Chinese Cultural Identities
(May 24 – June 25, 2010)
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Institute on Infusing South Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
(July 12 – 30, 2010)
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China Institute (May 19 - 30, 2008)
This two-week institute on China is the first program activity of a new ASDP program, Asian Studies in Asia (ASIA). The institute is for undergraduate faculty from selected Southeast Asian Universities and American colleges and universities. The first week of the program will focus on Chinese philosophy, history and cultural traditions; the second week will cover contemporary issues concerning the environment, politics and socio-economic development. ASIA programs are designed to enhance teaching at the undergraduate level and further institutional network building among Asian and American higher education institutions. Directed by Dr. Peter Hershock, ASDP Coordinator.

China Field Study: Focus on Southwest China (June 3 – June 20, 2008)
This field study, funded by the Freeman Foundation, will explore often missed, but historically, culturally and environmentally rich areas of Southwest China. The itinerary will include Chengdu and nearby areas in Sichuan Province, and areas in Yunnan Province,  including the cities of Kunming and Lijiang. The program will start in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong’s Robert Black College. For three days, participants will meet with scholars, including Dr. Roger Ames, who together will introduce Chinese culture, aspects of Southwest China, and contemporary Hong Kong. Participants will fly to Chengdu (5 days) where they will stay at Sichuan University, and then to Yunnan Province (7 days) where Yunnan University will be the host institution. In Yunnan, time will be divided between Kunming, the provincial capital, and Lijiang, home to several Chinese minorities. The program will conclude with two nights in Hong Kong. Directed by Dr. Fred Lau, UH Professor of Ethnomusicology.
 
Institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum (June 30 – July 18)
The annual three-week Institute, funded by the Freeman Foundation, focuses on faculty and institutional development related to undergraduate and universities.  The focus of the 2008 program will be East Asia (primarily China and Japan). The interdisciplinary Institute program features lectures and discussion on the culture, history, and contemporary complexion of the region, and works with participants in developing strategies to build Asian studies on their home campuses. Directed by Dr. Roger Ames, University of Hawai’i.

Institute on Korean Culture and Society ( May 28 - June 17, 2007 )
The program includes one week of lectures at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Korean history, literature, religion, politics and film, and two weeks of field study in Seoul and other cultural sites throughout South Korea. This is the fifth iteration of this popular institute since 1997; this year it is jointly funded by the Korea Foundation and the Freeman Foundation. Directed by Dr. Ned Shultz (University of Hawai`i) and Jungmin Seo (University of Hawai`i, Korean History & Political Science).
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NEH Institute on The Ideal and the Real: Arcs of Change in Chinese Culture (June 18-July 20)
The institute examines the historical interplay among religious, philosophical, social, political and artistic ideals and realities as a means of understanding the historical dynamics of cultural change in China and continuing through the country's stunning re-emergence as a global leader. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Directed by Roger Ames, Department of Philosophy (University of Hawai`i).

U.S.-China Faculty Exchange ( July 2-July 22)
Program for Chinese faculty in the U.S  [Note: as part of a 2-year project, the Summer 2007 program is limited to faculty from Mainland China.]

Institute on Infusing East Asia into the Undergraduate Curriculum ( July 24 - August 10, 2007)
This annual three-week Institute, funded by the Freeman Foundation, focuses on faculty and institutional development related to the undergraduate teaching of Asia at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The focus of the 2007 program is East Asia (primarily China and Japan). The interdisciplinary Institute program features lectures and discussions on the culture, history, and contemporary complexion of the region, and works with participants in developing Asian studies on their home campuses. Directed by Dr. Fred Lau (University of Hawai`i, Ethnomusicology)
Institute Calendar (pdf)
 
2005 NEH Institute on Southeast Asia: Indigenous Cultures and Outside Influences (website)

2004 NEH Institute on Religion and Politics in India: Culture, History and the Contemporary Experience 

2003 Cultures of Authority in Asian Practice (website)
ASDP sponsored a series of thematically-linked, Asia-focused, faculty development seminars aimed at those faculty teaching the undergraduate humanities curriculum. On-line conference was September 2-6, 2003. Conference papers are posted at the website.