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*  The Japan Center at Stony Brook presents Takaya Kurimoto, "Water in Japanese Gardens", Monday, December 2, 2019.

*    Eriko Sato  has been selected as a recipient of the  AAUW  (American Association of University Women) Research Publication Grant for the 2019-20 award year.

  Eng Kiong Tan has won the 2019-20 AHLSS (Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences) Faculty Research Fellowship.  

  Heejeong Sohn has been awarded the SBU Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship (Fall 2019).

  Eva Nagase  has been selected  as a recipient of the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Awards.

*  We are pleased to announce that our students, Anne McNulty and  Rose Goldberg have collaborated with our Assistant Professor and Director of Asian Languages,  Eriko Sato, on their Book of Translated Japanese Literature, titled   Japanese Short Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanes and English.  Congratulations to all!

*  The China Studies program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018/2019 Shiming Hu/Eli Seifman Memorial scholarship winners.  Freshman Scholarship: Jun-Yi Wu, Jenny Guo and Paula Lin.  China Studies Scholarship:  Joyce Mei and Claudia Simmons.  LeadershipAward: Liyun Liang Congratulations to all the winners.

*  The China Studies program is proud to annouce the winners of the First Annual Chinese Essay Contest (2019-2020):

Elementary Level

1st place: Jun-Yi Wu
2nd place: Lina Lin, Zu Jie Zheng

Intermediate Level

 1st place: Jenna Cooper
2nd place: Winnie Huang, Sandi San Phway

Advanced Level

 1st place: Christopher T. Garcia
2nd place: Xin Ran Liu

*We are pleased to announce that the Korean Studies scholarship committee has selected two graduate students, Soyoung Lee (Linguistics) and Ji Yea Kim (Linguistics),  for the Korean Studies graduate scholarships this year.  Both awardees have demonstrated excellent scholarship in their research and  commitment to Korean Studies. Find their research summaries here. The two recipients will receive a scholarship of $3,000.  Please join us in congratulating Soyoung and Ji Yea.

 *  Taiko Tides makes history bringing regional conference to Stony Book!

*  Prof. Dongmei Zeng was interviewed by Newsday at the Long Island Chinese American Association's Lunar New Year Celebration Gala.  

* Chris Saunders '17 was selected to be an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)  for the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) program

 *  Mohammed Ali (Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Philosophy and Religious Studies) was awarded with the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the 12th Annual Japan Center Annual Essay Competition (2016-2017) sponsored by Canon USA with a $3,000 monetary award. See the article in  Happenings.

*   Sang-ha Yoon (Economics) and  Ji Yea Kim (Linguistics) were awarded with the graduate  scholarship  in Korean Studies ($3,000 each, Spring 2017)

*   Peg Christoff has received the award for Teaching Excellence with Technology,   by  The Center for Teaching, Innovation and Digital Education.  

* Eriko Sato and her team received FAHSS grant ($3,000) for Translation and/in Translanguaging for 2017-2018 academic year.

 *  Our student, Grace Chang, mentored by Peg Christoff, got the runner up for the Think Big Competition!  Her project is titled "The Global Problem: Hepatitis B". Grace will be honored at the College of Arts and Science Awards and Recognition ceremony, The Difference You Make, on  April 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, at the Hilton Garden Inn.   Click here for a blurb Grace wrote about her project.

* William Chittick has been named SUNY Distinguished Professor.

Selected Past Events and Announcements

*   OPEN HOUSE!   Learn about our Majors, Minors, Study Abroad programs to Asia and Masters programs!    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 .

* The Japan Center at Stony Brook is hosting a lecture by Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, "Here, There and Everywhere: Many faces of Japan", on Monday, November 18, 2019, 5:30-6:50 pm.  Pre-lecture at 5:00 pm.

*   Nerissa Balce will present her research on state violence and Philippine photographs in two conferences, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Center for Philippine Studies conference, Emerging Voices in Filipino and Philippine Studies, and at the 2019 American Studies Association annual conference. November 6 and 7, 2019.

The Mattoo Center for India Studies Distinguished Lectures, The Impact of Bhakti on Indian Arts and Aesthetics, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

*  Marking the 150th Anniversary of MK Gandhi's birth with  two events .  Lecture (October 2, 2019) and Discussion (October 3, 2019).    

*  Eshani Goradia , a multidisciplinary major, with a concentration in Asian and Asian American Studies and a minor in South Asian Studies, was   selected to speak at the commencement for the Class of 2018 graduates .

*  In fall 2018,   Nerissa S. Balce  co-curated the online art project,   #DarkLens #LenteNgKarimlan: The Filipino Camera in Duterte's Republic, an online exhibition of Philippine photographs of loss and injustice.  The online exhibition features the photographs of Filipino photographers: Eloisa Lopez, Ezra Acayan, Raffy Lerma and Br. Ciriaco Santiago III. The exhibition includes the writings of 40 scholars, artists and poets from the Philippines and North America. Sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook's Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy, and the Center for Art and Thought. Curating the exhibit with Dr. Balce are writer Francine Marquez (Manila Art Allies), and Dr. Pia Arboleda (Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa). Graphic design by Amanda Rehm and Gregory Lucci. 

The 2nd Annual Asian and Asian American Research Symposium, Wednesday,   April 17, 2019  at 12:00 noon.

*  A   Concert of Vedic and Devotional Music,   Dr. Aruna Sharma  and Robert Keettikkal, Saturday,   April 20, 2019  at 6:00 pm.

Korean Speech Contest - Friday, April  5, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

*   North Korea Talk Series - Eleana Kim, UC Irvine; Donsei Kim, NYIT.  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

*  The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series "Translanguaging: Key Debates and Future Directions", Monday March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am.

* A Converstation with Preet Bharara.  Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Seminar on Leadership and Values .  Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:45.

*  The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series "Entity - vs. Event - Existentials:  A New Classification".  Friday, March 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm.

*    North Korea Talk Series, Immanuel Kim/George Washington University.  Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at4:00 pm.

Spam, War and Cuisine Lecture by Jaime Sunwoo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Teacher Education Info Session.  If you are interested in becoming a Certified Korean teacher, please attend our info session to learn more about our program.  Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  

TaLK Info Session - Teach English at an elementary school and conduct field research with full sponsorship in South Korea!  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

*  " The Unbearable Whiteness of Human Rights", February 20, 2019.  1:00 pm.

The Japan Center at Stony Brook presents " Mindfulness and Japanese Spatial Concepts" by Dr. Yoko Kawai, Yale School of Architecture & Penguin Environment Design on Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:30 pm.

*  The Mattoo Center for India Studies Distinguished Lecture, Mahabarata as Extreme Aesthetics on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4:00 pm in Humanities 1006.

 *  The MIC Writing Workshop Series (In collaboration with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric) is hosting Workshop 3 (2018-19) Writing the Research Statement & Statement of Teaching Philosophy on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

*  Dr. Ryangjin Kim will be giving a talk, in Korean, on  Isomorphic Verbs in Korean and Manchu  on Friday, November 2, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm.  

Dress Up!  Korean Traditional Wedding GamentsWednesday, November 14, 2018/Charles B. Wang Center Chapel & Theatre Lobby.  

* Charles K. Armstrong/Columbia University, "North Korea After the End of History", Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

 *   Dr. Dongmei Zeng gave a talk at the 4th Nishan International Forum on Nishan Book Series:  Read Chinese Every Day  and   China Tales  Book Launch and Discussion Seminar on October 21 at China Institute in New York City.

*  The two graduate scholarship winners in Korean Studies for 2018  are presenting their research on Korean linguistics  on Friday, September 21, 2018  Please come join us to celebrate their research.

Mattoo Center for India Studies distinguished lecture, Dr. George Hendrick,  Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, Humanities 3018.

 * Public Lecture - POSTPONED !!!!  Will advise when re-scheduled.  Dr. George Hendrick, Research Professor  Mattoo Center for India Studies , Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa.

*    Mattoo Center for India Studies   distinguished lecture, Dr. George Hendrick,    Inventing Satyagraha: Gandhi and his Circle of Supporters in South Africa.  Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, Humanities 3018.

*  Professor   Nerissa Balce  presented her new research on photography and state violence in the era of Duterte at the Cornell University conference, " Kings and Dictators:The Legacy of Monarchy and the New Authoritarianism in Asia" on April 13-14, 2018 in Ithaca, New York.

*   Asian and Asian American Student Research Symposium  will showcase the best project work of undergraduates and the continuing research of graduate students in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.  Please come on   April 11, 2018.  

  The Mattoo Center for India Studies  & SBU Taandava presents   Jana Sera, a night of live Classical Indian dances to aid the Global Education Profect,   Saturday, April 7, 2018.

*   The Mattoo Center for India Studies   Performing Arts Series presents a   Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop with Ms. Ananga Manjari Malatesta Gonzalez, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

*   Nerissa Balce  presented her research on photography, memory and the Marcos regime for the panel " Martial Law Memory-Work"  at the 2018 Association for Asian American Studies annual conference on March 29, Thursday, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco on Union Square (Victorian Room).

The Mattoo Center for India Studies  presents Dr. Amit Sood , author of The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness:  A 4-Step Plan for Resiliant Living, will be at Stony Brook on March 26, 2018 for a  lecture and a conversation.

 The   Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo CENTER FOR INDIA STUDIES   presents Visiting Scholar Joel Bordeaux, who will give a talk on Wednesday, November 29th at 4:00 pm in Humanities 1006.   Giving Up the Goat: Sacrifice and Substitution in Bengali Goddess Worship

* In October 2017,   Nerissa Balce   gave book talks in New York and in California, based on her new book,  Body Parts of Empire : Visual Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive  (U Michigan Press 2016). She spoke at   Cornell University,   SUNY Binghamton,   UC Berkeley   and   UC San Diego.

On  October 27 ,   Peg Christoff  will be a panel member in the   Open Access 2017   symposium.  The symposium explores influential scholarly communication initiatives, including digital humanities, open educational resources (OER), open science and data visualization. Peg will discuss her research on the Asian women in climate change adaptation in India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam; and her teaching using oral history interviews to capture women’s career trajectories in US-Asian relations. For more information,   click here.

* The MIC Distinguished Lecture Series presents   Translanguaging, multilingualism and education.  Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2.   Click here  for more information.

* Nerissa S. Balce  gave a public lecture on August 14, 2017 at Ateneo de Manila University at the book launch of the Philippine reprint of her 2016 book,  Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive , published by the award-winning Ateneo de Manila University Press. An article on her lecture and book launch was published in the   Philippine Star by fictionist-screen playwright   Jose Dalisay. An   announcement  of the lecture and book launch appeared in the   Philippine Daily Inquirer.   A video of her lecture is   here.

 * On April 7, 2017,   Nerissa S. Balce  gave a public lecture on Filipino fashion during the Marcos regime with gender scholar Professor Ferdinand Lopez (U of Santo Tomas) at the University of Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The event, " Fashion and Fascism: On the Regime of Blood and Beauty" was in celebration of the University of the Philippines' College of Arts and Letters week and organized by Bahaginan, UP's College of Arts and Letters Research Forum.

*  The China Studies Program is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the annual Hu/Seifman Chinese Studies Scholarships: Congratulations Zachary Strum and Anthony Otters. 

*  The Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies presents Professor Arindam Chakrabarti, Morals for Mortals: Lessons from the Mahabharata for our Mad Times, on Monday, April 17, 2017.   Click here for more information.

*  The Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies presents Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Seminar on Leadership and Values, on Thursday, March 30, 2017.   Click here for flier, with details.

*  Global Forum - Intercultural Communication: Understanding our Global Campus - March 1, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm, Wang Center Auditorium.   Click here for more information.

* In summer 2016, Nerissa Balce received the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences / FAHSS President’s Distinguished Travel Grant and the United University Professions/ UUP Individual Grant to attend the 10th International Conference on Philippine Studies held on July 6-8, 2016, at Silliman University, Negros Oriental, Philippines. She presented on her new research on Marcos kitsch and propaganda. She also presented her work at  Silliman University and in De La Salle University, Manila. She was a visiting scholar for the English Department and the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center of Silliman University. 

Nerissa Balce was a panelist and moderator for the 2nd Filipina/o Studies conference held at the University of San Diego and the University of California-San Diego on Oct 14-16, 2016. The conference was a gathering of more than 70 Filipino, Filipino American and Filipino Canadian scholars who work on empire, diaspora, race and gender.  See  here for conference details.

 *  Peg Christoff delivered a keynote speech " Unpacking our Past for the Future: Asian Americans on Long Island” at MOSAIC Annual Breakfast on May 10, 2016, at Suffolk Cooperative Library System (Bellport). 

* Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo CENTER FOR INDIA STUDIES presented  The Dr. Krishna Gujavarty Seminar on Leadership and Values.  Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm.   Click here for details.

Agnes He delivered a keynote at the 5th International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics (5 th ISCAL) to be held at University of Iowa on  April 22-23, 2016 .

Agnes He  delivered a plenary at the 4th Chinese Language and Discourse Conference (4th CLD) to be held at Bryant University on  June 10-12, 2016 .

Agnes He taught at the Heritage Language Summer Research Institute to be held at University of Washington on  June 15-17, 2016  

Agnes He delivered a keynote at the 6th Language and Social Interaction Conference (6 th LANSI) to be held at Columbia University on  October 7-8 , 2016.

* One of our Religious Studies graduates,  Kazuyo Murata (who has since received a Ph.D. from Yale after graduation from SBU), is now a tenured lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London --  a remarkable accomplishment!   

* Our December 2015 graduate, Amy Dang, has been featured in the URECA website.

* The Mattoo Center for India Studies presented " God in the Vedanta Tradition " with Professor Edwin Bryant, from Rutgers University.  (October 28, 2015) HUM 1006.   

* Nerissa Balce organized the inter-departmental symposium  Dogeaters in the Diaspora,  a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of Jessica Hagedorn's groundbreaking Filipino American novel,  Dogeaters. The event featured fictionists Walter Mosley, Marlon James, Gina Apostol, and Mia Alvar; theater artists Ralph B. Peña and Mia Katigbak; scholars Jeffrey Santa Ana, Allan Isaac and Dr. Balce; and the author herself, Jessica Hagedorn. Playwright and fiction writer Han Ong served as host.  October 15 , Thursday 7-8:30 pm,  Fordham University School of Law, Bateman Room, 2nd Floor 150 W 62nd Street, New York, NY.  The symposium was made possible by the Stony Brook University Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and the English Department, Kundiman, NYU Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute, Fordham University English Department and the Law School, the Filipino American National Historical Society Metro New York Chapter and other generous partners. 

* Peg Christoff has been awarded the Presidential Mini-Grant for the Departmental Diversity Initiatives, for her proposal entitled, "Cross-Cultural Studies of Asian and Asian American Groups on Long Island.",  

William Chittick was named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in the Humanities

*   Andrew Nicholson  will be speaking at the 2015 Spring Conference, on Saturday, May 2nd, at SCCC.  Topic:  Philosophy-East Meets West.   Click here for more information

Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies presented Professor Jonardon Ganeri, New York University, Wednesday, March 2, 2016  For details,  click here.

*  Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo, Center for India Studies presented a book talk, Lord Siva's Song: The Isvara Gita by  Andrew Nicholson on Monday, February 23, 2015.  

* AAAS faculty led interdepartmental effort in securing a  two year federal grant  to improve language education at SBU.  

*   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: ( )

*   Agnes He delivered 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”: Nerissa Balce delivered a lecture on abjection and Philippine colonial photographs, at the Philippine Consulate in New York City.

*  October 9, 2014 Lecture Explores How Certain Traits Shape Our Success! 

*  On October 2, 2014, Nerissa Balce presented a paper on queering Filipino fascism for the conference, "The States of Southeast Asian American Studies" at the University of Minnesota.  

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: 

*  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:

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) Programclick here.

* In summer 2012,   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  here.

*  SBU Embarks on  Korean Language Teacher Certification Program with the grant from Korean Education Center, in New York.

*  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, September 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 .

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.

 *  "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

* 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. 

Gregory Ruf has been awarded the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching for the academic year 2010-11.  

*  SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints  S.N. Sridhar to Distinguished Service Professor.  .

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

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

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

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.

*  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.

* 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 .

* 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. 

* 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.

* 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.   Topic:   African 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. 

* 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. Click  here for more details. Deadline:  April 12, 2012    TO APPLY,  click here.

*  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 Nerissa Balce-Cortes of Stony Brook University.  For the flier:

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

* 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.

* 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.

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:

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.

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.

Andrew Nicholson  will be giving a lecture as part of the Stony Brook Philosophy Colloquium Series at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 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.

*  Nerissa S. Balce organized a panel entitled, "The Afterlife of Empire and the Cold War: The Cultures of Southeast Asia in American Studies" and read 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.

* 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) 

* 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's museum 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

* 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)