News and Events

Upcoming Events & Announcements 

* Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo, Center for India Studies cordially invites you to a book talk, Lord Siva's Song: The Isvara Gita by Andrew Nicholson on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1.  For details, click here.
* Scholarship for the participants of Study Abroad Program funded by the US Department of Education through LLRC. Click here for more information. Due by March 1st. 
* Heritage Language Roundtable: March 7th, 2015, 9 am - 1 pm, Wang Center Room 301  Click here for the flyer.
* New graduate program, MA in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies, was approved by New York State Education Department in July 2014. Application begins in Fall 2014. For further details or questions, contact Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Andrew Nicholson.   
 - AAAS faculty led interdepartmental effort in securing a two year federal grant to improve language education at SBU.  Please click here for more information. 
* Professor William Chittick, in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities (Translation) for "A Multifaceted Theology of Love: Ahmad Sam'ani on the Ninety-Nine Names of God." For more information, click here.

*  Traditional Diwali Festival is embraced at Stony Brook University.  Click here for article.

*  Dasan Translation Project: In 2014, the Center for Korean Studies received an initial three-year grant for extensive research and creative interpretation on Old and New Commentaries of the Analect written by an eighteenth-century Korean scholar Cheong Yakyong. The translation of Cheong's works with extensive contemporary commentaries by Dr. Hongkyung Kim will be published in five volumes within several years. For more information, click here: (

* Undergraduate Scholarships for Korean Studies: Two awards are available with $1,000 cash award this fall for undergraduate students who are taking Korean Studies courses. The deadline for application submission is October 15. For the information on the application process and package, click here: (
*  TaLK for SUNY:  TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) for SUNY is opening its 5th round of competition this fall. This is an international internship/Study Abroad opportunity that is fully sponsored by the Korean Government. The application deadline is October 15
Click here for more information:

* The Japan Center at Stony Brook has announced 10th Annual Japan Center Essay Competition sponsored by Canon USA. The deadline for submission is January 8, 2015. For more information, visit:

Selected Past Events & Announcements

*  Come experience the aesthetic beauty of Carnatic music and the traditional Indian dance styles of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak, preserved for thousands of years, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  Click here for more information.

*  Provost's Lecture / Multilingual and Intercultural Distinguished Lecture:  "Multilingualism, Social Cognition and Creativity", on October 27, 2014, 4:00 pm.  Click here for more information!

*  Prof. Agnes He will deliver plenary address at the 2nd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA).  She will speak on the metamorphosis of meaning.

*  October 10, 2014.  “The American Empire’s Camera”: Professor Nerissa Balce will give a lecture on abjection and Philippine colonial photographs, 7 pm at the Philippine embassy, 556 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please send an email to to reserve a seat. (Flyer here.

*  October 9, 2014 Lecture Explores How Certain Traits Shape Our Success!  Click here for more information.

*  On October 2, 2014, Professor Balce will be presenting a paper on queering Filipino fascism for the conference, "The States of Southeast Asian American Studies" at the University of Minnesota.  See here. 

Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin of Asylum Seekers (LADO) as a Language Test: Issues of Validity, Lecture by Professor Tim McNamara (University of Melbourne), Thursday, September 18, 2014,  Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1 (The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series)  For more information, click here.

Poetry Reading and Lecture by Vijay Seshadri, 2014 Pultzer Prize Winner for Poetry (Mr Seshadri is the first Asian American to win a Pultizer Prize for Poetry) All are welcome. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4 pm, The Poetry Center (Humanities Bldg. 2F). Sponsored by The Mattoo Center for India Studies, The Poetry Center, The Department of English, The Humanities Institute, and The Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory. For information, click here! Mattoo Center at 632-9742, email: or visit: 

*  Are you interested in working in Japan?  Are you interested in getting international teaching experience?  If "YES", click here before September 17, 2014.

* Summer Study and Exchange Opportunity in Fukuoka in Japan (Application deadline: April 17) Contact Prof. Diaz

*  A new study on the socio-economic issues of Asian Americans was just published by the Center for American Progress, a non-partisan educational institute. The 2014 report entitled, "Reading Between the Data: The Incomplete Story of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders," can be read here:

*  Associate Professor Nerissa Balce published an on-line essay in the Manila-based news website, Interaksyon. Her essay, "The American Vampire and the Filipino Journalists" examines the colonial origins of the Philippine libel law. The criminalization of libel has recently been revived by the new Orwellian-named "Cybercrime Law." Parts of the essay are in her forthcoming book, "Body Parts of Empire," which will be published by the University of Michigan Press. See essay here:

* Professor Peg Christoff has been approved for funding, in the amount of $4,000, for the TALENT Grant.   She will use this funding to introduce interactive materials for her introductory course on the political geography of Asia and Asian America.  Congratulations Peg!

*  Learn Indian Languages in India: AIIS summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 language programs. The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Vizag), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For regular summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS (graduate students) if available for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:  For more information on The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, click here.

*  The Center for India Studies will award an annual scholarship for the study of Hinduism and Vedic Philosophy at Stony Brook University.  For details, click here.

*  The Center for India Studies  is offering scholarships for undergraduates students taking courses in India Studies during the academic year 2012-2013.  For details, click here.

* This past summer 2012, TDr. Nerissa Balce gave lectures on political humor at four universities in the Philippines: Silliman University in Negros Oriental island, De La Salle University-Manila, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Santo Tomas. She gave a fifth lecture on American colonial images of the Philippines at Philippine Women's University. Silliman University poster.  Click here.

Press Release:  SBU Embarks on Korean Language Teacher Certification Program.  Grant from Korean Education Center, in New York, would fund the first such program in NY State. Click here  for more information!

*  The China Studies Program of Department of Asian and Asian American Studies is proud to announce the recipients for the 2012 Shi Ming Hu/Eli Seifman Leadership Award and Chinese Studies Scholarship of $500 each---Crystal Lee for the Leadership Award and Eric Ma for the Chinese Studies Scholarship. Congratulations!

*  Languages without borders: Models of Multilingualism in Cognitive Science and Sociolinguistics" Kachru Endowment Distinguished Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Sept 2012.

*  Who is afraid of English? Globalization and Local Identities in Bangalore" (with Kamal K. Sridhar) to be presented at the 18th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) will be jointly hosted by City University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, December 6-9 2012.

*  "Movements for Deconvergence of Dravidian from Indo-Aryan: Sociolinguistics, Language Identity and Development" Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Language Contact, Deccan College, Pune India, and and Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India, February 2013.

* Professor Agnes He will deliver a plenary address at the next Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), to be held in March 2013 in Texas.

* Dr. Nerissa Balce’s panel on empire and American popular culture was accepted for the annual conference of the American Studies Association, which will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 15-18, 2012. She will be reading a paper on war and photography entitled, “Insurrectos and Insurgents.”

 *  "World Englishes and in the Multilingual World" Plenary Address at the International Association for World Englishes 19, University of Arizona, Phoenix, November 16-18, 2013

* Professor Andrew Nicholson's book, Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History, has won the 2011 award for Best First Book in the History of Religions from the American Academy of Religion. More information about the AAR book award is available here:  

*  Professor Gregory Ruf has been awarded the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching for the academic year 2010-11.  For details, click here.

*  SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. S.N. Sridhar to Distinguished Service Professor.  For Press Announcement, click here.

*  Prof. Sachiko Murata, Ph.D. and Prof. Agnes Weiyun He, Ph.D., have been named 2011 Guggenheim Fellows. For more details, Click here.

* Lunar New Year Multicultural Event, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, Wang Center

Participate in the Lunar New Year event at Jasmine/Wang Center this coming Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-10:00. Unlike other Lunar New Year events on campus, this event is multicultural and multifaceted---showcasing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Philippino cultures---and featuring various activities such as cultural presentations, performances, games, and most of all, gourmet food sampling from China, Japan, and Korea. It promises to be an educational and sensory extravaganza rivaled by none. Please be there!  Flyer  Program  Menu Cards 

 *  JET PROGRAM (Japan Exchange & Teaching)!  Are you interested in living in Japan?  Are you interested in getting international teaching experience?  If YES, then click here for more information!

*  Professor Agnes He has been invited to deliver a plenary address at the 2nd American Pragmatics Conference, to be held in October, 2014 at UCLA. For details, please see

Professor Agnes He has been invited to deliver a lecture at the Berkeley Language Center, September 20, 2013,

*  Professor Agnes He gave a lecture titled “Multi-performance: Chinese heritage language speakers汉语为继承语的语用研究” at the City University of Hong Kong, on June 13, 2013.

* Professor Nerissa S. Balce will be delivering a paper on humor and Filipino American novels in the annual Association for Asian American Studies conference, to be held in Seattle, Washington, from April 18-20.  She will also be chairing a panel on beauty and colonialism; serving as a discussant on the history of the U.S. empire and ender, and moderating a Filipino American writers' panel.  Flier for the writers' roundtable here.

*  On March 15, Friday, Nerissa Balce will be delivering a lecture on colonial photography in the international conference Picturing Empire: Race and the Lives of the Photographs of Dean C. Worcester, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  For more information, click here.On February 21, Friday, Dr. Nerissa Balce will be participating in a roundtable discussion for the Stony Brook University conference, Race and Representation in Film and Literature, organized by the Africana Studies Department

*  The Japan Center at Stony Brook has announced 8th Annual "Japan Center Essay Competition" sponsored by Canon U.S.A. for high school and college students in the New York Metropolitan area. The 1st place winner will receive $3,000 cash award and a Canon camera. Deadline:  January 5, 2013. TO APPLY, click here.

*  Information seminar for the JET Program (Japan Exchange-Teaching Program): Wang Center Lecture Hall 1, November 7 (W), 1:00 pm.

*  The Center for India Studies, Distinguished Lecture Series presents "Conserving India's Cultural Diversity: Vibrant Tradition vs. Forces of Homogenization" with Dr. Sukrita Paul Kumar on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm.  Location: 1006 Humanities.  For more details, please click here.

* The Wang Center and the Center for Korean Studies are bringing a musical group from Korea to the Wang Center theater on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7PM,  Click here for more information.

* On Thursday,  September 20, 2012, 6:30 pm, Dr. Nerissa Balce will be on a panel to discuss dictatorship and Filipino American literature for the book launching of Filipino American novelist Gina Apostol's new novel, "Gun Dealer's Daughter" (Norton 2012). Along with the author Ms. Apostol, Dr. Balce will be joined by professors Sheila Coronel (Columbia University) and Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College). The event is free for the public and will be held at the Philippine Consulate in New York city. Philippine Consulate announcement.  Click here. 

* The Center for India Studies invites you to An Interactive Conversation on Kannada Culture, Saturday, September 8, 2012, 3:00-6:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1, Wang Center, Stony Brook University.  For more details, click here.

*  Japan Center Essay Competition Award Ceremony: April 14, 2012. See the Japan Center's NEW website:

* Dr. Lakshmi Swaminathan has been invited to present a paper on the Sanskrit devotional lyric "SUBRAHMANYA-BHUJANGAM", during the 15th World Sanskrit Conference, which will be held from January 5 to January 10 of 2012 in New Delhi, India".  Click here for Acceptance letter. 

* Professor Agnes He has been invited to be a faculty member at the 6th National Heritage Language Summer Research Institute, to be held on June 18-22, 2012 UCLA.

*  Brookhaven National Laboratory's Asian Pacific American Association proudly presents:  What a Beautiful Jasmine Flower: A Celebration of Chinese Culture through Dance and Music, on May 25, 2012, 4:30 pm.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  For more details, (flyer) please click here.  For bio's on performers, click here.

* Professor Andrew Nicholson will present a lecture on Hinduism and Yoga on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm in SAC room 311.  For flier, click here.

*  Language Diversity Lecture Series presents Dr. Lisa Green from the Department of Linguistices, The University of Massachusett.  Dr. Green will be giving a lecture on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:00 PM in Humanities 1006.  Reception to follow in Humanities 1052.   TopicAfrican American English Through the Years:  From Hot Topics and Debates to Linguistic Research.  For more information, click here!

SINGGALOT - THE TIES THAT BIND: Filipinos in America, From Colonial Subjects to Citizens is now on view until April 22, 2012, Room 201.

* Professor Agnes He has been invited to deliver a plenary speech at the 2012 Second Language Acquisition Symposium, to be held on April 12-14, 2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

* NEW TRADITIONS by hereandnow theater company, Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:00PM, Wang Theater.  For a preview: Flier:

* SUFI FUSION with ARIF LOHAR and AROOJ AFTAB, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7pm, Wang Theater.  Flier:
For a preview:,

The annual Vineet Johnsingh scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic accomplishment or potential and promise of contribution to the fostering of a better understanding of Indian civilization. Plaase click here for more details. Deadline:  April 12, 2012   TO APPLY, click here.

The Center for India Studies will award an annual scholarship for the study of Hinduism and Vedic Philosophy at Stony Brook University.  Please click here for more details.  Deadline:  April 12, 2012   TO APPLY, click here

* TaLK/EPIK Info Session, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 12:00-1:00 pm in HUM 1008:

*  The Department of Asian & Asian American Studies and Charles B. Wang Center present a lecture by John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, Columbia University.  Religion to Make a Nation:  India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement.  Monday, March 26, 2012, 2:30 pm, Main Theatre, Wang Center.  For the flier, click here.

* A Presentation on Contemporary Chinese Literature will be given by Prof. Zhizhong Zhang, Supervisor of Doctoral Students, Head of Contemporary Chinese Literature, Capital Normal University, Beijing. March 6, 2012.   Click herefor more information.

*  UNIVERSITY OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:00 pm, Wang Center, Comedy, Music, Dance and Refreshments! Free and Open to All!

The exhibition details the rich history of Filipinos in America, honors early immigrant pioneers and the determined generations after them, and addresses the community and culture of Filipino Americans through historically significant photographs. Singgalot celebrates the vital contribution made by Filipino Americans to Pacific trade, military service, the arts, and civil rights activism.  For the flier:

*  THE PINOYORKERS: Filipino (Pinoy) Artists and Activists Change New York, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 -7:00 pm, Wang Lecture Hall 1

This electrifying discussion gives voice to some of the most compelling and accomplished FIlipino-American experiences in New York's arts and activism. Pinoyorkers features JESSICA HAGEDORN, KENNETH BAUZON, ANGEL VELASCO SHAW, and the BAYANIHAN KULTURAL KOLEKTIB. Moderated by powerhous Professor Nerissa Balce-Cortes of Stony Brook University.  For the flier:

* Language Diversity Lecture Series, Dr. Ricardo Otheguy, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:00 pm, Humanities 1006.  Click here for more information.

* Fall 2011 Asian/American Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center:

* "Language of the Heart and Heritage" with Prof. Agnes He.  Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:00 pm (reception to follow) in Humanities 1006.

"The Erotics of Modernities: Fin-de-Siècle Mexico and the United States" by Professor Nerissa Balace and Prof. Melissa Forbis, 4 pm, Oct. 20, 2011, Humanities 1008

* Professor Agnes He has been invited to be a faculty member at the 5th National Heritage Language Summer Research Institute, to be held on June 26-July 1, 2011, UCLA.

* Professor Agnes He has been invited to deliver a plenary speech at the 23rd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL), to be held on June 17-19, 2011, University of Oregon.

 * The Program in Korean Studies and the Center for Korean Studies are pleased to announce Jeen Hong Kim Scholarship, Undergraduate Award for Academic Achievement and Leadership.

*  Professor Andrew Nicholson will present a paper entitled "Doxography and Identity in Medieval India" in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 21, 2011. He will be presenting as a part of an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Copenhagen on literature and identity formation in the pre-modern world. Conference website:

*  Professor Andrew Nicholson will present a lecture at the Free University of Berlin's Forum Transregionale Studien (Trans-regional Studies Forum) on May 24, 2011. It is entitled "Was heißt eine Gita? Textualität und Autorität in der indischen Philosophie" (What is a Gita? Textuality and Authority in Indian Philosophy). This lecture is part of the Zunkunftsphilologie (Future Philology) project at the Free University of Berlin:

*  Center for India Studies PREM & LATHA CHANDRAN SCHOLARSHIP IN HINDUISM STUDIES,    Deadline: May 9, 2011.   
Click here for information.

*  Professor Andrew Nicholson was recently interviewed about his book, Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History. The interview appears on the website of its Indian publisher, Permanent Black Press.

* Professor Andrew Nicholson will be giving a lecture as part of the Stony Brook Philosophy Colloquium Series at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 12 in Harriman 214. His talk is entitled "Orientalism and German Philosophy: Some Critical Reflections on Edward Said."

*  We are saddened to inform you that on March 11, 2011, Professor Donny George Youkhanna passed away.  We will miss him dearly.

* The Japan Center at Stony Brook and the Japanese Student Organization are organizing a fundraising event to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, on March 23rd, from 2:00 - 3:45 pm, at the Wang Center (4th Fl).    Click here for the flyer.

* Center for India Studies Gala (12/12/2010, Wang Center)

* Nerissa S. Balce organized a panel entitled, "The Afterlife of Empire and the Cold War: The Cultures of Southeast Asia in American Studies" and will be reading from her research on war, American popular novels and the discourse of counterinsurgency at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association in San Antonio, TX on November 20, 2010.

 * Is Japan Progressing or Regressing? Lecture by Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai (11/30/2010, 4 p.m., Wang Center Theater)

* Donny George Youkhanna will be giving the key note speech at the NARSAI'S Ninth Annual Taste of the Meditarranean, in San Francisco, arranged by AAS (Assyrian Aid Society) in the US, on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

* "Indo-US Relations: Obama Visit and After" - Lecture by Ambassador Harsh Bhasin (11/13/10, 3:00 pm, Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1)

* Book Signing by Andrew Nicholson (11/10/2010, 1 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 2) 

* Nerissa S. Balce served as a featured panelist on Filipino diasporic literature, Turning Tides: A Symposium on Diasporic Literatures, hosted by Fordham University's Department of English, African &; African American Studies and the Fordham Creative Writing, Literary Studies and American Studies Programs (11/6/2010).

Sunita Mukhi was awarded for Distinguished Leadership in Asian American Arts and Cultural Heritage by the Organization of Chinese Americans - Long Island Chapter (OCA-LI). The award ceremony was at the OCA-LI Gala (11/6/10, Dae Dong Manor Restaurant, Flushing, NY)  >> The Indian Panorama article (p. 19).

* 2010 Recipients of the Hu/Seifman Memorial Awards and Scholarships

* Donny George Youkhanna'smuseum review "Learning from the Iraq Museum"in American Journal of Archeology (online) (Oct 2010) 

* Aruna Sharma's new album Jazba ";Passion"; (2010)  >> Happenings article

NYS-registered Teacher Education Programs for Chinese and Japanese (September 2010)  >;>; Happenings article

* Nerissa S. Balce received the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) award last fall 2009 and spring 2010 for two research projects: on Spain, the Philippines and the archives of 1898; and on American popular novels on the Philippine American War.

* Book Signing by Eriko &; Anna Sato (9/15/2009)   >> Happenings article

Symposium: Asian Languages and the Professions  (4/8/2008, Wang Center)

* Title VI federal grant for the project ";Initial Certification in the Teaching of Asian Languages"; (2007-2009)

* The acquisition of Tentaroh Inoh Collection for Japanese Studies at SBU Library (5/21/2007)

* Symposium: US-Asia: Emerging Opportunities (5/6/2004, Wang Center)







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