"Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum" | July 31 - August 11, 2017 | East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

ASDP Infusing Institute

Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum



Thank you for your interest in the 27th summer institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum, the flagship program of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP). Since the Infusing Institute was launched in 1991, the world of higher education has undergone dramatic changes, some welcome and some not.


One thing that has not changed is that the people who apply for and participate in ASDP programs do so because they are personally motivated. They are ready to stretch academically beyond the horizons of their graduate training. And they are so committed to benefitting their students and institutions that they are willing to spend their own “free” time doing so. Given this, it’s probably not surprising that being a part of these programs is almost always extraordinarily rewarding for everyone involved.


Another factor in the rewards of taking part in the Infusing Institute is the multidisciplinary nature of the lectures and discussions around which the program is organized. My own academic training was in philosophy, primarily focused as an undergraduate on the Western traditions of existentialism, phenomenology and pragmatism as an undergraduate and as a graduate student on Asian traditions of thought and practice, in particular Chinese Buddhist philosophy. My work designing ASDP programs and helping to bring them to life has presented me with the pleasurable and career-shaping challenge of having to range well beyond the bounds of my academic training. In effect, I’ve been able to “stay in school,” learning-about other cultures and societies through the distinctive lenses of different scholarly disciplines, but also learning-from and learning-with others—both presenters and participants—whose lives, skills and passions are often very different from my own.


Here in Hawai‘i, we like potluck. Everyone brings a different dish to share and somewhat miraculously, everyone somehow goes home with a lot more than they brought. Each Infusing Institute is an intellectual potluck—an opportunity for realizing the immense academic and personal dividends of being part of a cognitively and culturally diverse community. I hope to have the pleasure of reading your application and making good on that opportunity this coming summer in Honolulu.


Take care,




Dr. Peter D. Hershock

Director, Asian Studies Development Program

East-West Center