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Colleges Host NY Conference on Asian Studies

September 27, 1999 Geneva, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a regional conference of the Association for Asian Studies from October 14 through 16, 1999. More than 100 educators and scholars from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the conference. The New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) is the oldest of the eight regional conferences of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest organization of its kind in the world. NYCAS holds an academic conference each fall on a campus in the state of New York and represents all those interested in Asian studies in the State through its membership on the Council of Conferences of the AAS.

The conference will include a series of teacher training workshops which, while designed for teachers, are open to members of the community who are interested in attending and learning more about Asian culture. On Thursday evening, October 14, from 6 until 8 p.m. there will be a session on Japanese cuisine and culture (limited space), and on Friday, October 15, there are three sessions on puppet traditions in India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. For information about these sessions and for registration forms, interested persons should contact Professor of History William S. Atwell, conference program chair, by phone at 315: 781-3580 or by e-mail at atwell@hws.edu. Fees are $15 for the Thursday evening workshop and $15 for the three workshops on Friday. Registration for all four workshops is $25.

The conference includes an Indian dance program from 8:15 until 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. This performance is free and the public is invited to attend.

Among the topics for discussion at the formal academic conference will be: social and policy changes in the People's Republic of China; new perspectives on feminism, ethnicity, and Orientalism; understanding each other's world view; love and death: portraits of women in East Asian literature; and art, symbol, and culture in Japan and Bali.

A number of members of the Hobart and William Smith faculty are participating in the conference, including: Elena Ciletti, associate professor of art history; James Henry Holland, assistant professor of modern languages; Sherrie Tucker, assistant professor of women's studies; Biman Basu, assistant professor of English; Richard Dillon, professor of anthropology; Robert Gross, professor of English and theatre; Manisha Desai, associate professor of sociology; Virginia Tilley, assistant professor of political Science; Meiling Wu, assistant professor of modern languages; Lowell Bloss, professor of religious studies; Chi-chiang Huang, professor of modern languages; and Day-Lih Tung, assistant professor of modern languages. Professor Desai will also be a featured member of the Indian dance performance.

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