UB to Host India-China Institute for Teachers Next Summer
For three weeks, they will explore the long, complex histories
of these ancient cultures
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In July, 2013, the University at Buffalo Asian
Studies Program will present a three-week India-China summer
institute that will be open to 30 K-12 teachers throughout the
region and the country.
The institute "China and India: Comparisons and Connections,"
will explore the long histories, rich cultures and contemporary
societies of China and India. It will be funded by a $170,000 grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional
support from the UB Confucius Institute.
Teachers and prospective teachers of any grade level or subject
area in U.S. schools who teach about China and India in their
classes are invited to apply. Participants will receive a $2,700
stipend to cover travel, accommodations and meals, and a set of
textbooks and primary source materials will be sent to them prior
to attending the institute.
For more information, contact Bruce Acker, assistant director of
Asian Studies at UB (firstname.lastname@example.org, 716-645-0763), or visit http://www.asianstudies.buffalo.edu.
The institute will be co- directed by Roger Des Forges, PhD,
professor of history at UB, and Ramya Sreenivasan, PhD, associate
professor, South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Des Forges is an award-winning scholar and author of Chinese,
Asian and world history. His research focus is on Chinese cultural,
political and social history; Chinese myth, history and
historiography; and Chinese history and civilization in comparative
and global perspectives.
Sreenivasan's research and publications focus on early modern
South Asia, colonialism and modernity, gender history and religion
and caste in early modern Rajasthan.
Des Forges says, "There is much attention paid today to the
rising power of China and India in the economic and political
realms. This focus, however, tends to obscure the fact that these
modern nation states developed out of civilizations stretching back
thousands of years, and have long histories of cultural, economic
and military interaction with other peoples of Asia, and
considerable influence over the course of world history.
"This program will facilitate teachers' thinking for themselves
about China and India," he says, "and will help them inspire their
students to begin a lifetime of the same."
The institute will be co-directed by Kristin Stapleton,
associate professor of Chinese history and director of the UB Asian
Studies Program, and will include experts on China and India from
UB, other SUNY campuses and academic institutions throughout the
They will present daily lectures and guide participant
discussion and analysis of primary sources and curriculum
development. In addition to morning and afternoon classes, teachers
will be invited to participate in cricket and martial arts lessons
and attend music and dance performances and screenings of popular
Indian and Chinese films.
In keeping with the Common Core (educational) Standards
developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of
Chief State School Officers, significant attention will be given
throughout the institute to the careful reading and analysis of
texts related to Indian and Chinese history and culture. Teachers
will be encouraged to consider -- through discussion, journaling
and lesson plans -- the specific skills in reading, writing,
analysis and cross-cultural communication that their students will
develop as they learn about China and India.
Bruce Acker, assistant director of Asian Studies at UB and
administrative coordinator of the summer institute, says,
"Throughout the country, curriculum standards encourage greater
study of Asia but most teachers have limited opportunities to take
Asian history or other Asia-related courses. This institute will
give teachers in many subject areas the background and
understanding to teach knowledgably about these two prominent Asian
Participants coming from outside Western New York will live in
the state-of-the-art Greiner Hall on UB's North Campus and have
access to university libraries, recreational facilities and other
campus amenities. In their free time, participants can enjoy the
wealth of summer concerts, festivals, films and sporting events at
UB and throughout Western New York.