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 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) Program,  click 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)