The University of Oregon’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) now houses a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) for East Asian Studies. The designation comes with a four-year, $1.8 million grant that will allow CAPS to expand its programs and public outreach.
The UO center is one of 22 National Research Centers for East Asian Studies in the United States designated for 2010-2013. Under the new Department of Education grant, CAPS will:
- Provide 13 undergraduate- and graduate-level fellowships annually.
- Create new staffing positions, including a tenure-track position in Korean literature and film, a library archivist dedicated to electronic-based East Asian databases and research materials, and a K-12 outreach coordinator who will help develop statewide curriculum and teacher training workshops;
- Create new college-level courses with East Asian content that will extend current academic content devoted to Korean language and culture at the UO from three to four years;
- Help launch a K-16 Japanese Global Scholars immersion program with the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS);
- Dramatically expand East Asian content within K-12 outreach programs available through the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Beyond the languages, many UO courses in anthropology, art history, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies and sociology are entirely devoted to East Asian content. Currently the university offers 80 undergraduate and 50 graduate courses each year with 100 percent East Asian content.
Director – Jeffrey Hanes, Associate Professor of Japanese History
Assistant Director /FLAS Coordinator – Lori O’Hollaren
Outreach Coordinator – Yifang Zhang
Doug Blandy, Associate Dean, Architecture and Allied Arts; Professor, Arts and Administration
Bryna Goodman, Professor, History; Program Director, Asian Studies Program
Maram Epstein, Associate Professor and Department Head, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Jeffrey Hanes, NRC Program Director
Kaori Idemaru, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Programs
Mark Unno, Associate Professor of Religious Studies