Faculty, Student, and Alumni News

ASC seeks Student Engagement Intern

The Asian Studies Center is currently seeking a Student Engagement Intern for the 2017-18 school year.
The Asian Studies Center (ASC) invites applications for the Student Engagement Intern. Applicants must be a currently enrolled Asian Studies certificate student of outstanding ability (QPA of 3.0 or above) for a tuition remission fellowship in the amount of one term’s in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The recipient of the fellowship will be required to work ten hours per week during the fall and spring terms. He/she will assist the Program Assistant and ASC staff with engaging students and promoting center events especially through social media platforms. For full details of the duties of this position, including how to apply, see the PDF here.

UCIS hosts "The US and the World" Teach-In

Join the University Center for International Studies for a teach-in about "The U.S. and the World: American Immigration and Trade Policy." The teach-in, open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Pittsburgh, will inform about the historical context and implications of new trade and immigration policies. The event will be on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. in room 144 Cathedral of Learning. For a full list of Pitt faculty-led presentations, go to www.ucis.pitt.edu/teach-in. This event is part of the University Forum on Current Issues series, designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today's most vital issues. Each forum will aim to incorporate a broad set of perspectives that will allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.

Deadlines for Asian Studies Center scholarships approaching!

The Asian Studies Center offers a number of scholarships for Pitt undergraduate and graduate students studying China, Japan, Korea, and the Indo-Pacific region. The deadline for many of these scholarships is coming up on Monday, January 30! Visit our undergraduate and graduate funding pages to see if you qualify for any of them!

New ASC Undergraduate Advisory Council hosts Asian Dance Workshop

The Asian Studies Center has convened a new Undergraduate Advisory Council to increase activity that interersts and benefits undergraduate students. The Council is made up of undergraduate students who interface with Asia-related student groups, plan events, and make suggestions to Center staff to increase undergraduate engagement. They will be hosting a monthly How-To series to explore Asian arts and cultural performances. Their first event will be an Asian Dance Workshop on Friday, January 13, led by dancers from CSSA, FRESA, and more!

Asian Studies and Center for Russian/East European Studies co-sponsor series on "Exploration of Cultural Identity Along the Silk Road"

The Asian Studies Center and the Center for Russian East&European Studies are hosting a series titled "Exploration of Cultural Identity Along the Silk Road." This series began with a screening of the film Live from UB by director Lauren Knapp. It explored the story of Mohanik, an independent band from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The series continues January 12 with a lecture from Dr. James Millward, who will speak on "Silk Road Journeys of the Eurasian Lute." Next, on February 10, Dr. Morgan Liu will speak on "How to Misunderstand Central Asian Islam (and How to Do Better)." On March 21, there will be a screening of The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. Finally, the series will conclude on April 14 with a lecture by Dr. Rian Thum titled "The Islamic Practices that Shape Uyghur Nationalism." For full details, see the poster here.

The Asian Studies Center starts a blog!

Now you can keep up with ASC on our brand new blog! Visit pittasia.wordpress.com/ to read about what ASC is up to. This blog will include contributions from our new Undergraduate Advisory Council, but we welcome submissions of reviews of Asian media and overviews of local Asia-related events from other contributors as well!

East Asian Languages & Literatures partners with Echo Strategies for Japanese Language Internship

 Echo Strategies has recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures to offer a local internship to Japanese language majors. This internship involves pilot-testing questionnaires targeted at Japanese audiences and translating responses into English. Jessica Shilling and Emma Lurye are the first two Japanese majors to serve as interns for Echo Strategies.

Pitt receives visit from Riva Ganguly Das, India Consul General of New York

On November 10-12, the University of Pittsburgh was honored to host Riva Ganguly Das, the India Consul General of New York. Consul General Das and Consul Trade Sreenivasa Rao met with senior University administration, the School of Medicine, the Innovation Institute, the Swanson School of Engineering, and others, gaining a broad understanding of the University’s strengths and its ties to India. They also attended a reception in their honor and met with members of the local Indian community. We hope that this visit will strengthen the University’s connections to the local and academic South Asian community.

Pitt to host workshop on "The Everyday Politics of Digital Life in China" on October 7-8

On October 7-8, the Asian Studies Center, the China Council, and the Film Studies Program will host a workshop on the Everyday Politics of Digital Life in China. Professor Guobin Yang (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) will present a keynote lecture titled "Enchantment and Disenchantment in the Everyday Politics" on Friday at 5 p.m. in Conference Room A of the University Club; on Saturday, a series of panels will address subjects such as networks and power, digital virality and volatility, and eco-media. The full program and description can be viewed here.

ASC Welcomes New Academic Advisor, Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel

Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel joins the Asian Studies Center as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, replacing Katherine Carlitz, who retired last spring.  After discovering a passion for South Asian history, Emily has pushed herself over the course of her career to learn Hindi and Urdu, earn a Ph.D. in South Asian History, and travel extensively on the Indian subcontinent. She will be advising certificate students as well as the East Asian IDMA students and administering all of our faculty grants and student fellowships.