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 www.clscholarship.org). 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 www.indiastudies.org. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.

BERKELEY-AIPS URDU LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN PAKISTAN IS BACK

After a 5 year hiatus the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan’s (BULPIP-AIPS) is back. Jointly administered by the America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at the University of California at Berkeley, the program will be based in Lahore with language instruction offered at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) campus. This will be an intensive language program that will provide daily classroom instruction, five days a week. Classes will be small and individual tutorials will be provided. Continue reading

GOODMAN RECEIVES FULBRIGHT-HAYS AWARD

Rachael Goodman, a PhD candidate in anthropology at UW-Madison, received a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research grant to undertake a year of fieldwork in India. She will travel to Uttarakhand in February to research why Indian NGOs continue to implement a variety of income generation projects though they rarely unfold as either NGO workers or project beneficiaries expect.  Continue reading