Memorial to be held for Buddhist Scholar and LCA Alumni James Blumenthal


James Blumenthal, an associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, died Oct. 8 from complications after a long struggle with cancer. He was 47.

Blumenthal received his PhD in 1999 in the Department of South Asian Studies at UW-Madison under the direction of Geshe Sopa and Professor David Knipe. Jim was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. A gathering of his friends will come together in Madison during the Annual Conference on South Asia, to share their memories of Jim. Please join and share the date and time with others who may want to be a part of this memorial:

Jim Blumenthal Memorial Gathering
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Wisconsin Ballroom (2nd floor),
Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W. Dayton Street, Madison WI

More information about James’ life and his career can be found on the Oregon State website.

CSA co-sponsors “Celebrate India!” at the Public Library

Our Celebrate India at Family Fun Night was a great success! To quote attendee Ryan Derflinger:

“I am as excited about this program as I am about those [other] high-priced programs – and this is FREE and RIGHT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD – and I can bring my child!”

Ryan added, “It was even better than I expected!”

Don’t miss the next event! Check the facebook page regularly for up-to-date info about South Asia-related events in the community!

2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony

2014 South Asia Book Award for Children Ceremony - Elizabeth Suneby, Jennifer Bradbury, Farhana Zia - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:00pm</span>
Please join us for the 2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony honoring Elizabeth Suneby, author of Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Children, Jennifer Bradbury, author of A Moment Comes, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Young Adults, and Farhana Zia, author of The Garden of My Imaan, with  the 2014 SABA Honor. For more information visit the SABA website.



Joe Elder looks back at 60-year journey

As noon approached, the seats in Ingraham Hall, Room 206 – a frequent venue for scholarly lectures on international topics – filled quickly.  This audience had come to hear a speaker who easily could deliver a extensive series of academic talks, but, on this day, they had come to celebrate the individual, his distinguished career and legacy.

Joe Elder circulated around the room, greeting old friends and colleagues, members of the university community, and others as they arrived for his program, titled “Sixty Years of Asking Questions.” Meanwhile, staff from the Center for South Asia, which sponsored the March 13 event, began distributing pieces of cake – yet another sign that this was no ordinary scholarly lecture.

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American Institute of Indian Studies Language Programs 2014/2015

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2014 and academic year 2014-2015 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Kannada (Mysore), 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 at their institutions for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department’s CLS program (see AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure FLAS or CLS funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee’s ranking of the applicants. 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, Bengali, Sanskrit 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, 2014.  Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email: