Grant Expands Asian Studies

Sarah Lawrence College will expand its commitment to the teaching of East Asia with a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. The Luce Fund for Asian Studies will support a commitment by the College to strengthen its Asian studies offerings as part of a broad strategy to expand the international dimension of the curriculum.

The grant will cover the costs of the first four years of a new, permanent, junior faculty position in the field of East Asian cultural and human geography, a social science focus that will complement existing East Asian studies in literature, philosophy, religion and history. Along with interdisciplinary faculties in African and Latin American Studies, the expanded Asian studies faculty will significantly enhance the College's global studies approach to teaching, making the various historical, social and intellectual connections between and among these regions of the world and North America integral to the scholarly discourse.

The Luce Fund grant will also provide annual program funds that will support a lecture series, and outreach efforts involving Sarah Lawrence students with members of Asian communities - particularly the large expatriate Japanese community - in Westchester County.

Sarah Lawrence College is a coeducational liberal arts college, founded in 1926, with a singular system of education. It is known for having one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes and regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences in which students work directly with their teachers to conduct independent projects, usually writing extensive papers. The College's graduate programs, including theatre, dance, child development and the art of teaching, have a history of innovation.

The graduate programs in human genetics, health advocacy and women's history were the first in the country. The program in writing is widely recognized as one of the best graduate programs in creative writing in the country.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. With assets of $1 billion, the foundation supports programs focusing on American art, Asia, higher education, public affairs, theology, women and science, and public policy and the environment.