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CSEAS and COTSEAL workshop for Southeast Asian language instructors

CSEAS will co-host a professional development workshop for Southeast Asian Language instructors in September 2015, with the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL). A second workshop, building on the first, will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 2016. Full details are available on the COTSEAL website. The deadline for applications for the first workshop is June 15, 2105.


CSEAS wins Title VI National Resource Center grant

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies, with its consortium partner center at UCLA, was awarded a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia effective for 2014-2018. This grant also includes funding for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to support undergraduate and graduate students studying Southeast Asian languages during the summer and the academic year.

The grant supports language instruction at UC Berkeley and UCLA, including the innovative Distance Learning course in Intermediate Khmer, taught by Frank Smith at UC Berkeley, which is offered simultaneously by videoconference at UCLA. Special consortium projects include graduate student workshops and joint conferences, and expanded collaboration with other UC campuses with Southeast Asia-focused faculty.

CSEAS has been a consortium NRC for Southeast Asia with UCLA since 2000.

Philippines Studies summer program in Manila, July 11-August 8, 2015

CSEAS has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (FHGPA) to support a summer workshop in the Philippines to develop and revise curriculum for the teaching of Filipino and Philippine Studies content courses. The project is intended for K-12 teachers, community college instructors and college professors who have current experience in teaching about the Philippine language and culture at schools and colleges in the U.S., and for advanced graduate students working in the field of Philippine Studies. The workshop will be held at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

New CSEAS Chair

Prof. Pheng Cheah was appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Research to serve as CSEAS Chair, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds Prof. Jeffrey Hadler who stepped down after four years of service. Prof. Hadler continues to serve as Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. Prof. Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and has a B.A. degree and LL.B. degree from the University of Sydney. He has published extensively on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism. His current research focuses on post-colonial world literature, on Asian cinema, on human rights, especially in relation to human capital and labor migration in Southeast Asia, and on globalization and culture. He is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.