UB College of Arts and Sciences

China and India: Comparisons and Connections

An NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
July 1-19, 2013

The Asian Studies Program of the University at Buffalo (UB) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to organize and host China and India: Comparisons and Connections, a three-week summer institute for teachers in July 2013. The institute, conducted in partnership with the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and the Indian cultural organization Triveni, will provide a multifaceted exploration of the long histories, rich cultures, and contemporary societies of China and India, with a focus on comparisons, contrasts, and interactions. In addition to engaging lectures and discussion, participants will enjoy Indian and Chinese movies, performances, and recreational activities.

In line with the Common Core State Standards, significant attention will be given throughout the institute to the careful reading and analysis of texts related to Indian and Chinese history and culture. Teachers will be encouraged to consider—through discussion, journaling, and lesson plans—the specific skills in reading, writing, analysis, and cross-cultural communication that their students will develop as they learn about China and India.

Participants needing housing will live in the state-of-the-art Greiner Hall on UB’s North Campus and have access to university libraries, recreational facilities, restaurants, and other campus amenities. In their free time, participants can enjoy the many concerts, festivals, and sporting events that take place throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region in the summer, as well as an excursion to nearby Niagara Falls.

Teachers participating in this three-week NEH summer institute will receive a $2,700 stipend to cover travel, accommodations, and meals. They will also receive a set of textbooks, sourcebooks, and primary source materials in a reading packet sent to them prior to the institute.

The Institute is open to a limited number of teachers and prospective teachers of any grade level or subject in U.S. schools who have the opportunity to teach about China and India in their classes. Click on the links at the top of this page for more information about the Institute and application instructions, or contact Bruce Acker, assistant director of Asian Studies at the University at Buffalo (backer@buffalo.edu / 716-645-0763).