Buddhist East Asia:   The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics

An NEH Summer Institute ~ May 28 to June 22, 2018 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program

Buddhist East Asia:  The Interplay of Religion, The Arts and Politics
An NEH Summer Institute

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Participant Expectations:

All of the faculty selected to participate in the Institute will be expected to draft a detailed course module, syllabus or research project reflecting Institute content and themes. Modules and syllabi should include draft bibliographies or assigned readings, as well as information about film or internet resources that will be used in teaching the module/course. The final two sessions in the Institute program will be devoted to sharing these projects and their plans for enhancing Asian studies on their home campuses.


Throughout the program, the Institute Director and key presenting faculty will be available to meet with participants individually and in small groups to assist in the formulating and developing these projects. The Institute Director will also schedule meetings small groups of participants early in the second week of the program to discuss their project ideas.


Links to completed projects will be placed on the Institute website and made available to former and future ASDP program participants, as well as other educators who are interested in creative methods of introducing content on Buddhism into college and university courses.


NEH summer institutes are remarkable occasions for collaborative, communal learning and often have impacts that

Snuff bottle with Buddhist emblems;   extend beyond the required curriculum projects. A number of past programs organized by ASDP have resulted in

Qing dynasty, China; Photo Credit:      multidisciplinary books, edited by institute participants and published in by the University of New York Press, that are

www.metmuseum.org                         geared to the needs of undergraduate educators rather than research specialists. We hope that such a volume will 

                                                           emerge out of the Buddhist East Asia institute.