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Volunteers for After-School Language Program

We are currently looking for Cornell students, staff, or faculty volunteers to teach Southeast Asian and South Asian languages in local afterschool programs.The goal of Afterschool Language Program is to expose K-12 students to a wide array of cultures and languages in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding and inspire them to study foreign languages. Students learn vocabulary along with cultural traditions through engaging activities such as games, crafts, cooking, and dancing. The Cornell Public Service Center will offer brief training sessions and sample curriculums for volunteers, and SAP can provide culture kits (arts and crafts activities, textiles, books and printed materials, musical items, etc.) to assist your teaching.

Summer Intensive Nepali

Six-credit, six week Intensive Nepali courses to be taught at Cornell, June 4 - July 13, 2018.

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Every Monday at 12:15 p.m in G08 Uris Hall, a different South Asia scholar presents an informal lecture.

James W. Gair (1927-2016)

The South Asia Program mourns the passing of James W. Gair, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Cornell University and former Director of the South Asia Program, on December 10, 2016.

Study Abroad Leads Professor to Lifelong Academic Study

Professor Anne Blackburn, Director of the South Asia Program, calls herself “a poster child for study abroad.” As an undergraduate, she went to Sri Lanka with the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational Program, and that experience has directed her research interests ever since. Because her college had no Asian studies major, she designed her own, focusing on Asian history and religion.

Asian & Asian American Center (A3C)

The mission of the Asian & Asian American Center (A3C) is to bring together the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American student experiences to support a strong and inclusive campus community.

A3C promotes positive student-to-student and group-to-group interaction to contribute to the multicultural education of all students and to the social/cultural development of leaders able to navigate a diverse and complex global society. Our programs focus on advocacy, education, identity and community-building. We strive to be an affirming and welcoming space on campus that works to incorporate principles of social justice into our programs and services. All are welcome and encouraged to attend our programs and get involved in our work.

SAP Area Studies and Language Courses for Spring 2017

Consider taking SAP area studies and language courses when registering for Spring 2017 classes.

Students may elect to major in Asian Studies with a focus on South Asia, or pursue a minor in South Asian Studies. Both can be essential for careers in government, teaching, law, business, and more. Click on the title to browse the course list.

Refugee Education Conference

Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Onondaga Community College, Syracuse

A conference in Syracuse in November will explore the tapped and untapped potential for internationalizing and enriching the community college experience for all students. Participants will learn from community colleges that have successfully engaged past generations of refugee students and integrated their culture, history, and communities into the educational landscape of their campus. Presentations will provide background and contextualize the arrival of recent refugees from South and Southeast Asia in particular. Participants will be encouraged to share what they are doing on their own campuses and exchange ideas with faculty, staff, and students from other community colleges as well as with social service providers, K-12 teachers, and others from and involved in various refugee communities.

FLAS Fellowships

Deadline for Academic Year and Summer fellowships for Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan & Urdu is Wednesday, February 14 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

SAP's 2016 Tagore Lecture: "The Soloist Performs with an Orchestra of Events" By Ranjit Hoskote

In this year’s Tagore Modern Indian Literature Lecture, Hoskote addressed the tension between contemporary poetry and current cultural and political debates over India’s national identity in a globalized world. He also discussed some of the contexts in which he writes his own poetry, including diaspora, multilingualism, translation, ecological crisis, transcultural encounters, and the rise of illiberal demagoguery.

The lecture took place on September 23 at the A.D. White House. The Endowment in Modern Indian Literature was established in 1999 with the generous support of professor emeritus Narahari Umanath Prabhu and his wife Mrs. Suman (Sumi) Prabhu.

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