Several HWS faculty and a student attended the 19th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, in Oak Brook, Ill., from April 15 through 17. ASIANetwork’s goal is to encourage the study of Asian countries and cultures on liberal arts campuses, with emphasis on firsthand experience of these cultures.
Professor of Sociology Jack Harris, a member of the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork, hosted a panel of papers and conducted two roundtables. One session focused on service learning and the environment and the other detailed faculty study opportunities in Asia.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee introduced ASIANetwork members to workshop and symposium opportunities available through the Colleges’ Luce grant.
Papers on China were presented by Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures Jinghao Zhou, and Elana Chipman, this year’s ASIANetwork post-doctoral fellow at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Zhou presented “Western Perspective vs China’s Expectation.” Chipman’s paper was titled, “How to be Realistic but not Too Depressing: Researching and Teaching about the Environment in China.”
The Ven. Tenzin Yignyen and student Andrew Upton ’12 presented a poster from their team’s summer research in Dharamsala as part of the Freeman-ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program.
The ASIANetwork is comprised of more than 170 North American colleges. It describes itself as striving “to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world.”