Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations

  An NEH Summer Institute ~ May 25 to June 26, 2015 ~ Honolulu, Hawai'i ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program

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. Participants will each have 20 minutes to present their 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 with each participant early in the second week of the program to discuss their preliminary 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 extend beyond the required curriculum projects. A number of past programs organized by ASDP have resulted in multidisciplinary books, edited by institute participants and published in by the University of New York Press, that are geared to the needs of undergraduate educators rather than research specialists. We hope that such a volume will emerge out of the Buddhist Asia institute.