Columbia has received a $2-million, four-year grant from the Freeman Foundation to fund Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS), a program established to broaden the undergraduate curriculum.
Under the direction of George Sansom Professor of History Carol Gluck, Ph.D. '77, and with cooperation from Barnard College, the program is intended to create innovative courses that incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational and interdisciplinary contexts.
"With the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the new ExEAS program will both benefit students at Columbia and Barnard and also contribute to expanding curricular horizons in undergraduate education around the country," said Gluck, a prominent historian of modern Japan and winner of Columbia's Van Doren, Trilling and Great Teacher Awards.
At the core of the program is a teaching collaborative designed to develop new courses. Four ExEAS postdoctoral fellows will devote half their time to designing and teaching two courses a year and half time to their own research and writing.
In addition, a new permanent pedagogical professorship will be established next year in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Barnard. The professor will work with the collaborative and help to link the new courses with the existing undergraduate curriculum in East Asian studies, which is a joint program of Columbia College and Barnard. A senior scholar on the Columbia faculty will coordinate the ExEAS offerings with the wider undergraduate curriculum, including Columbia's Major Cultures requirement and Barnard's first-year seminars.
The collaborative will also include faculty members from the New York metropolitan area who will come together in summer workshops to help develop and adapt the new courses to the needs of different undergraduate institutions.