"The SAP celebrates 60th Anniversary: The Early Years"
Post-WWII South Asian studies at Cornell was somewhat different in its aims than the multidisciplinary campus-wide Cornell area programs that we know today. It was imagined as a training ground and leadership program in anthropology and closely related disciplines for graduate students (Gerald D. Berreman, Bernard S. Cohn, Edward B Harper, Louise G. Harper, John T Hitchcock, Mildred S. Luschinsky, J. Michael Mahar, Jack M. Planalp, William L. Rowe and others) and even for post-graduate scholars from Cornell and elsewhere (John Gumperz, Pauline Kolenda, Leigh Minturn). They focused their research on the new issues facing the post-colonial world. In the India project, they took up residence in village communities that were seen as the fundamental unit of study through which national change and development could be understood and introduced. They studied under mentors concerned with these issues including Professors Allan Holmberg, Lauriston Sharp and Opler.