"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.
Dr. Peter D. Hershock
Director, Asian Studies Development Program
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center, or University of Hawai‘i.