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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 11, December 2, 2011

The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under six headings:

  1. University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events
  2. Regional East Asia Events
  3. Employment and Internship Opportunities
  4. Fellowship and Award Opportunities
  5. East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries
  6. Conferences and Workshops

Spring 2012 Course Listings related to East Asia have now been updated and can be found on our Academics page, and here.

If you have notices in these categories that you would like posted here, please send them to meljen@sas.upenn.edu.

* Indicates notices appearing here for the first time.

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FEATURED EVENT FOR EDUCATORS:

* PHILA-NIPPONICA INFORMATION SESSION, Recovering Japan: Preparing Philadelphia Area Educators to Teach about Japan as It Responds to the Disasters of 2011 - December 14, 2011

PN
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania
 

Attend our information session and learn more about the Phila-Nipponica Project.

Phila-Nipponica is intended to educate “beginners” about Japan, offering a broad base of history and culture in preparation for a study-tour of Japan, with a focus on: Recovering Japan: Preparing Philadelphia Area Educators to Teach about Japan as It Responds to the Disasters of 2011.

We are currently seeking applications from social studies, science, and humanities teachers in middle and high schools who have a strong interest in developing or enhancing a Japan studies program.

Project activities include:

  • Three intensive all-day Saturday seminars with scholars on the University of Pennsylvania campus. (Attendance is mandatory.)
  • A 17-day study tour of Japan in June–July 2012. Tentative dates are June 22–July 9. You must be available all of this period.
  • Three mandatory curriculum implementation sessions in Fall 2012, with a final presentation of your Japan teaching plan.

Click here for the application.

 

* Sponsored by the the Center for East Asian Studies

Please RSVP via e-mail to Melissa DiFrancesco. Please include your full name and school.

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FEATURED SPRING 2012 COURSE FOR PENN STUDENTS:

* LAW 924001: CHINA AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS - Mondays, 4:00 - 6:30 pm, taught by Professor Jacques deLisle

China officially accepts the existence of universal international human rights norms and has acceded to many of the major international legal instruments governing human rights, has signed others and has participated extensively in the United Nations Human Rights Council and other components of the international human rights regime. Yet, the People’s Republic’s human rights record faces serious, extensive and multifaceted criticisms from Chinese sources, international human rights NGOs and foreign states, including the United States State Department’s annual China Human Rights Report. China’s responses (both official and unofficial) have ranged widely, from disputing over the facts, to debating the content, priority and interpretation of applicable human rights norms, to arguing about internationally legally permissible means for promoting or protecting human rights, to critiquing the record of governments that criticize China. This seminar will address and examine these issues through a brief review of Chinese approaches to human rights in the pre-1990s period and a much more extensive consideration of relatively contemporary primary sources, Chinese and foreign reports, and Chinese and foreign scholarship. Although the course emphasizes themes and patterns in Chinese approaches to international human rights, selected issues and areas of human rights and law in China will receive more in-depth attention, partly from several guest speakers expert in subfields of Chinese human rights from NGOs, government, academia and other fields.

Meeting Times:  (M) (04:30PM - 06:30PM)

Non-law students are welcome.


(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

FILM SCREENING, "Pushy Women"

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum
 

Women sumo wrestlers in Japan. A glimpse of life in an atypical profession, the physical difficulties and triumphs.

Speaker: Dr. Ayako Kano, University of Pennsylvania East Asian studies. Sponsorship thanks to the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Cinema Studies, and the Penn Humanities Forum. More info about Pushy Women.

Please visit the Penn Museum website for more information.

  * Co-sponsored by CEAS, Penn Museum, Penn Cinema Studies, and Penn Humanities Forum

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NANCY ABELMANN, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research -- Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields; Harry E. Preble Professor Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian  Languages and Cultures - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - "The American University Meets the Pacific Century: New Landscapes of Korean Koreans, Korean Americans, and Beyond"

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Annenberg 111
  * CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series

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* CHINA EDUCATION WORKSHOP - Penn Sociology Department

Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Sociology Conference Room, McNeil Building, Sociology Department
 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation: NGO and State Relationships in China---Case Studies in Shanghai and Gansu
Speaker: Lu Chunping, Visiting Scholar, Penn Population Studies Center and Associate Professor of Education, Northwest Normal University (Presentation language: Chinese)

1:00 - 2:00 pm Presentation: Cross-Generational Ethnic Boundary Crossing: Implications for Educational Disparities, China 1982 -1990Speaker: Sebastian Cherng, Doctoral Candidate, Penn GSE and Penn Sociology (Presentation language: English)

Limited seating--RSVP to <hannumem@soc.upenn.edu>

  * Sociology Department

(II) Regional East Asia Events

* Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia - Bonenkai (忘年会) Party! - December 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Registration is now open!  Register online in our store now!  Come celebrate the end of 2011 with other JASGP members and friends. With a special thanks to Kirin Brewery, our annual Bonenkai will be held at Yakitori Boy at 211 N. 11th Street in Chinatown.

The event starts on December 14th at 6:30 PM, and prices are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $35 at the door. The package includes:

  • Yakitori, Maki sushi and other Japanese food
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Karaoke!
  • $3 Kirin lagers
  • Raffle with exciting prizes

To register, visit our store! (*Must be 21 years of age).


(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

* James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies - Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship - apply by January 3, 2012

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for postdoctoral fellowship at UPenn, funded by the Korea Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Applicants will apply simultaneously to the Korea Foundation and Penn. Selection by the university does not guarantee Korea Foundation selection, but Penn will advise the Korea Foundation of its selected candidate(s). Scholars must have received their Ph.D. on a subject related to Korea (in the humanities or social sciences) within 5 years of their application and cannot currently hold a regular faculty position. Confirmation of doctoral degree conferral will be required by July 1, 2012, and no exception will be allowed. South Korean nationals are eligible to apply only if they have permanent residency status in another country. Disbursement of the postdoctoral stipend for a 12-month period (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013) will be determined in accordance with Penn regulations. This fellowship cannot be combined with other fellowships and grants. During the term of appointment, the fellow will be expected to participate actively in the Kim Program, including giving a talk and rendering administrative support. Teaching a course will be negotiable, subject to the fellow’s expertise and student demand at Penn.

In order to apply to Penn for affiliation as a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, submit all application materials to both the Korea Foundation and the university. Information on the funding itself, required application materials, application procedures, and the Korea Foundation submission deadline can be found at <http://www.kf.or.kr/>.

Materials received by Penn must be postmarked no later than January 3, 2012. Send application materials (3 sets of hard copy) to:

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Attention: Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania
642 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

For more information, please contact Eugene Y. Park (epa@sas.upenn.edu), Director of James
Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies.

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* Assistant Professor, Visual Studies (Focus in Contemporary Asian Visual Culture) - deadline to apply: January 2, 2012

Oakland and San Francisco Campuses
Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Exempt
Job #2065
October 2011

CCA is seeking candidates for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the field of contemporary Asian visual culture, to begin August 2012. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in art history or visual culture. Candidates’ publication record and teaching interests should primarily focus on East and/or Southeast Asia, but engagement with and knowledge of the contemporary visual culture of Western Asia is desirable. Research/teaching can be address any area of the fine arts, popular visual culture, or media arts, and demonstrated interest in issues of race, gender, ethnicity, or other categories of difference will be privileged in the selection process.

In keeping with the college’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable, diverse scholarly environment and curriculum. We value collaboration, intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Teaching load is five courses per academic year (typically 2/3); active participation in program assessment/development and committee service is required. Visual Studies faculty teach the program’s general education requirements, including introductory historical surveys, sophomore-level electives, and capstone seminars. Candidates may also have occasional opportunities to teach at the graduate level in the Visual and Critical Studies program and elsewhere.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful applicants for this full-time academic position will be expected to have completed a PhD in a relevant field at the time of their appointment and to show evidence of effective teaching or equivalent experience in a cultural organization. Must demonstrate achievement and potential to make significant contributions in the applicant’s specific field of research. Leadership ability and, especially, commitment to collaboration are required.

Salary

Commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Instructions

Only candidates seeking an assistant professor-level position should apply.

Interested candidates should submit the following (preferably via email):

1) PDF #1:
a. Cover letter (please indicate if you plan to attend CAA);
b. CV;
c. One-page statement of research interests;
d. One-page statement of teaching philosophy.

2) PDF #2:
a. Writing sample.
3) Letters from three professional references under separate cover(s) or as a third PDF.

If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. Documents larger than 10MB, should be submitted on CD and forwarded to CCA as indicated below.

California College of the Arts
Human Resources (Job #2065)
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
fax 510.594.3681
employment@cca.edu

Application Deadline: Postmark deadline for applications is January 2, 2012. NOTE: If you wish to be notified of the status of your application for this position, please provide a current email address on your resume or cover letter.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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Congressional-Executive Commission on China Internship Opportunity for Spring 2012

Congressional-Executive Commission on China seeks paid internship candidates for Spring, 2012.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration. All application materials must be submitted before the deadline in order to be considered. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.

To better understand the work of the Commission and its areas of most intense focus, we invite potential applicants to visit the other sections of this CECC website (www.cecc.gov).

Those who wish to apply for internships should understand the following:

  • CECC interns receive a salary of $10/hour;
  • Interns must be U.S. citizens;
  • We regret that interns are not eligible for federal benefits.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, CECC internships are generally part-time (15 and 20 hours per week), although we may choose to allow interns to work more hours if there are exceptional circumstances;
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on websites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Interns will conduct research and writing projects on human rights and rule of law issues in China under the supervision of Commission staff. Interns may also assist with researching and updating records on the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database. Interns may also be invited or required to attend some of the many rule of law and human rights events organized by the Commission and other organizations in Washington, D.C.
  • Although our interns are usually students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, others are also welcome to apply.

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St. Joseph's University - seeking Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Japanese Politics- deadline to apply: December 15, 2011

The Department of Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia seeks applications for a tenure-track appointment in Japanese politics with the rank of assistant professor commencing in August 2012. Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit institution with an enrollment of 4,600 full-time undergraduates and is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The teaching load is three courses (nine hours) per semester. Further information about the university can be found at www.sju.edu. This position, housed in the Department of Political Science, will support the expansion of Saint Joseph’s Asian Studies Program. Although the successful applicant can be either a comparativist or International Relations specialist, s/he must demonstrate clear and continued commitment to the study of Japan, including a research agenda that requires the use of Japanese language primary source materials, and deep knowledge of East Asian politics. Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field is required.

Applications must be submitted on-line at www.sju.edu/hr; click on Employment and follow the instructions. Applications are to include a letter of introduction, current and complete curriculum vitae, and a statement describing your teaching philosophy. Three letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and teaching evaluations should be sent to Dr. Lisa Baglione, Chair, Department of Political Science, Saint Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 (lbaglion@sju.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Saint Joseph’s University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Saint Joseph’s University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.
AA/EOE M/F/D/V


(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities (in order of application deadline)

Reischauer (Edwin O.) Institute of Japanese Studies, Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies - deadline to apply: January 3, 2012

The sponsor will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

E-mail: tgilman@fas.harvard.edu
Web Site: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/fellowships/postdoctoral.html
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Inter-University Board for Chinese Language Studies - Chinese Language Fellowships - deadline to apply: January 11, 2012, and January 27, 2012

Fellowships provide support for students who aspire to truly advanced competence in Chinese language, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars.

E-mail: iub@berkeley.edu
Web Site: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/
Program URL: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/admissions_deadlines.html
DEADLINE NOTE:
The January 11, 2012 deadline is for the Academic Year and Semester programs. The Summer Program has a rolling admissions policy until January 27, 2012. There is no financial aid for the summer session.
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Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations -Advanced Research (postdoctoral) Fellowships - deadline to apply: January 15, 2012

During the 2012-13 academic year, Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations will offer Advanced Research (postdoctoral) Fellowships for social scientists. Projects that focus on Japan or Japan's international role from a comparative, historical, or global perspective are welcome. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. Awards ($50,000) are for the academic year (September-May). Fellows are required to teach one undergraduate course, either in the fall or spring semester.

The application deadline is January 15, 2012. The application form and more details about the application process are available at: http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/application/postdoc_application.htm.
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Council of American Overseas Research Centers--Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research - deadline to apply: January 17, 2012

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Web Site: http://www.caorc.org
Program URL: http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm
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The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme (2012 / 2013) - deadline to apply: January 31, 2012

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Lee Jung Sen’s lifelong promotion of the study of Chinese art. Dr. Lee Jung Sen was the founder of Bei Shan Tang Foundation and a distinguished philanthropist in Hong Kong who valued the importance of the arts to a society and the need to nurture cultural development. He was a major benefactor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and supported the building of its Institute of Chinese Studies and the Art Museum. He also supported numerous museums and art institutions in China and abroad, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Shanghai Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oriental Ceramic Society and Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London.

Website: http://www.jsleefellowship.org/
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US-Japan Foundation - Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award - deadline to apply and nominate: February 1, 2012

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award was approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees in September 2001 and recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

The award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States. There are two award categories, one in the humanities and one in Japanese language.

Previous award recipients often have over 10 years of teaching experience and have been engaged in teaching their students about Japan for a substantial period of time.  Candidates must demonstrate sustained commitment to improving mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese, and must have made a significant contribution to enhancing students’ knowledge of Japan.

Applicants for the Japanese language category must have excellent command of the Japanese language and may be contacted by members of the selection committee to verify this.

Web Site: http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html
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Boren Scholarships Program - deadline to apply: February 9, 2012

The sponsor provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

E-mail: boren@iie.org
Program URL: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

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* Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore- Fellowship in Confucianism and Asian Studies - deadline to apply: February 15, 2012

The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore invites to apply for fellowships in areas related to the museum’s collections, and specifically in Peranakan material culture, Confucianism, or Christianity in Asia (up to 1800) – topics of future exhibitions. We prize multi-disciplinary work, cross-cultural studies, and research on ongoing projects at ACM. The geographical area of research should be Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, or West Asia (Islamic world).

Applications close on 15 February 2012. Please visit http://acm.org.sg/research/research_fellowship.asp for application information and contact nhb_acm_rpu@nhb.gov.sg for enquiries.

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* NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Summer 2012- deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Please contact the specific projects listed below for more information about the programs and the application process.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012 (postmark)

Amount of Award
NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), or $3,900 (5 weeks).

Eligibility
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete, provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks Workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:
Adjunct faculty, community college faculty, and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.Up to two spaces in each seminar and three spaces in each institute are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

Web Site: http://www.neh.gov/projects/si-university.html


(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO): Summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering 15 different travel programs for the summer of 2012: India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey 8 day, Turkey 15 day, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Space is limited!

Participants who book before November 15th, 2011 will receive an early booking discount of 5% off the program fee. Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and University educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST.



(VI) Conferences and Workshops (in order of deadline to apply)

FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford - Apply to be a FACES Delegate! - deadline to apply: January 1st, 2012

 


Each year, FACES bring together 40 delegates from top U.S. and Chinese universities for two conferences on U.S.-China relations, one at Stanford in April, and the second at one of our chapter universities in China in November. We invite some of the most prestigious scholars to come address these student delegates on many different aspects of Sino-American relations. Our past speakers include George Bush Sr., Condeleezza Rice, John Major, William Perry, Zbigniew Brzesinksi, Thomas Friedman, Richard Levin and the list goes on. In order to make our application as need-blind as possible, part of airfare to the conferences is subsidized, and FACES covers all food and hotel costs for the conferences.

The application for the 2012 conferences has just gone live, and so I am writing to you with the hope that you can pass on our information to any interested students or other faculty contacts in relevant departments. Information about the conference is attached in this email. We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward it to anyone you think might benefit from this opportunity.

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are leaders in their fields of interest. The FACES mission is to instill an appreciation for the importance of U.S.-China relations in tomorrow’s leaders in all fields, regardless of former extracurricular or language experience, and to provide a forum where these future leaders of the two countries can form lasting friendships through debate and discussion of salient issues.

What do you want to do in 2012?

TRAVEL to Stanford and Beijing on a scholarship?
INTERACT with famous scholars, politicians, and CEOs?
MEET distinguished future leaders from U.S. and China?
BECOME part of a prestigious worldwide student network?
INFLUENCE the future of U.S.-China relations?

Website: http://faces.stanford.edu
Email: faces.recruiting@gmail.com
Application online now at http://faces.stanford.edu/application
Deadline: Jan. 1st, 2012, 11:59pm

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Crowned Victor: Competition and Games in the Ancient World - deadline: January 7th, 2012

Organized by: Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Conference Dates: March 2-3, 2012

The graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania seek abstracts for the fourth annual Center for Ancient Studies graduate student conference. This conference aims to explore the theme of competition in the ancient world. Competition was a key component of many aspects of life in the ancient world and was found in areas people in the 21st century might not expect. We plan to focus on the role of competition and its associations with society at large, be it in the form of games or sports, interactions between members of a community, rivalries between communities, or the way culture and literature channeled competition. Our goal in presenting this conference will be to compare how competition manifested itself in the disparate societies of the ancient world and highlight similarities across cultures.

The conference invites papers on topics involving competition such as (but, of course, not limited to):

• Conspicuous consumption and status competition
• Games as education
• Competition as a structural force in society
• Political competition
• Ancient theories of competition
• Competition and literature
• Ideologies of competition
• Sports and diplomacy
• Place of athletes in the community

Submissions are welcome from graduate students working on ancient topics in such fields as: African Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, East Asian Studies, Classics, Egyptology, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15 minute talk by January 7, 2012 including your contact information (including name, institution, and e-mail) to Arthur T. Jones at ancient@sas.upenn.edu. Speakers will be notified of the status of their submissions by January 15, 2012.

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* USA Pavilion and University of Virginia Student Ambassador Program - deadline to apply: February 10th, 2012

The USA Pavilion at Expo 2012 will present an interactive, exciting and educational story that highlights America’s relationship with the Expo theme of the “Living Ocean and Coast.” Featuring the themes of Diversity, Wonder and Solutions, the USA Pavilion will share the voices and hopes of the American people with our friends and partners in Korea and around the globe. The 12,000-square foot exhibition space will house exhibits and programming that represent the unique and diverse nature of America’s ocean and coastal environments and communities.

College undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to be part of this one in a lifetime experience through the Student Ambassador Program, a partnership between the USA Pavilion and the University of Virginia. This program recruits and trains volunteer students to serve as guides and national representatives for the Unites States at Expo 2012 in Yeosu South Korea.

For more information on Expo 2012, Yeosu Korea please visit: http://eng.expo2012.kr/

The program provides students with:

  • The opportunity to represent the USA and its States to the millions of people who will visit Expo 2012;
  • A unique educational experience as countries, organizations and businesses showcase their research and technological innovations as they relate to the Expo theme;
  • Valuable experience living and working in Korea and in an international setting to prepare students for future involvement on the global stage of international relations and business; and
  • College credit via an accompanying complimentary online course.

Program Description:

  • Student Ambassadors will act as the face of America and will interact directly with visitors as well as with Pavilion staff, partners, government officials and dignitaries; and
  • Student Ambassadors will rotate positions within the Pavilion throughout the Expo (such as greeters, admin support, protocol support, sponsor/marketing coordination and programming support).
  • A Director of the Student Ambassador Program, in conjunctions with the USA Pavilion Management team, will be on site throughout the Expo.

Website: http://www.pavilion2012.org/student-ambassadors/


CEAS

Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
642 Williams Hall | 255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel: 215-573-4203 | Fax: 215-573-2561
E-mail: ceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu