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Project Description
Asian Futures brings together colleagues and constituencies across campus to develop a forward-looking framework for Asian Studies at OSU. The project will produce programming driven by key themes, at the participating centers, including guest speakers, workshops, and community engagement events. 

Principal Collaborators
The Humanities Institute
(Dir. David Staley), Center for the Study of Religion (Dir. Hugh Urban), Center for Folklore Studies (Dir. Katherine Borland), Center for Ethnic Studies (Dir. Namiko Kunimoto) and the South Asian Studies Initiative (Pranav Jani and Mytheli Sreenivas), in partnership with East Asian Studies Center (Dir. Etsuyo Yuasa), Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (Dir. Harvey Miller), Office of International Affairs

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Climate Changing is an exhibition featuring a multi-generational group of nearly 20 artists from across the globe whose work takes on urgent social and environmental issues. At the same time, it considers the role of institutions in navigating these tumultuous times. While the exhibition is the core project, it will spark related events, scholarly contributions, online content, free talks, and multidisciplinary programming before, during, and after the winter 2021 exhibition run.

Principal Collaborators
Wexner Center for the Arts
(Dir. Johanna Burton)

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CMRS will host a series of lectures, demonstrations, and events around the topic of ‘Experimental Archaeology.’ This year-long investigation will expand the traditional boundaries of ‘Experimental Archaeology’ beyond a focus on the recreation of buildings, technologies, things, and environments, to also consider ‘Food Archaeology,’ or the preparation of meals using past recipes; and ‘Digital Archaeology,’ or the reconstruction of aspects of the past with the aid of computer technology.

Principal Collaborators
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(Dir. Chris Highley)

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This project will support the Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship summer camp for middle school children in the Columbus area. In the affiliated service-learning course, undergraduates will be trained to teach language, cultural diversity, and global issues without essentializing, othering, or stereotyping. The course and camp increase awareness among the middle school students, their parents, and our undergraduates of the fundamental necessity of the qualities, skills, attitudes and knowledge associated with intercultural competence in order to function as a global citizen in the 21st century.

Principal Collaborators
Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures
(Dir. Glenn Martinez); Department of French and Italian

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This inter and trans-disciplinary project will host a series of colloquia on key themes for the year 2020-2021, a major conference as well as a graduate student conference (2022) and a series of faculty workshops on curriculum development for new courses on religion and medicine. The long-term goal is to build stronger connections with the medical and nursing programs and to attract more of their students to classes and majors in Religious Studies, Folklore, English, and other fields in the Arts and Humanities.

Principal Collaborators
Center for the Study of Religion (Dir. Hugh Urban), Center for Folklore Studies (Dir. Katherine Borland), The Humanities Institute (Dir. David Staley)

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The award will support honoraria for community speakers.

Principal Collaborators
Center for Ethnic Studies
(Dir. Namiko Kunimoto)

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This Summer Institute in Franklinton will facilitate university-community partnerships through co-designing workshops and demonstrate how project-based research and experiential learning can address real world challenges at a local level. It will illustrate the use of an ethical framework (based on the Principles of Inclusive and Equitable Civic Engagement).

Principal Investigators
Susan Melsop (Design), Sébastien Proulx (Design), Karen Hutzel (Arts Administration, Education and Policy)

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