University establishes Task Force on Asian Studies



The University of Notre Dame has created a new task force to examine issues and explore resources and cross-disciplinary educational opportunities inAsia, according to Thomas G. Burish, University provost.

The Provost’s Task Force on Asian Studies will undertake a “systematic analysis of the opportunities, costs, risks, priorities and potential benefits of greater investment in Asian studies,” said Burish, who announced the formation of the 13-member commission this month in response to a wellspring of interest from the Notre Dame community.

“Throughout the University, there are numerous departments, programs and individuals with teaching and research interests inAsia,” Burish said. “This interest appears to be growing significantly in several quarters at Notre Dame and our office has received a number of requests to invest significantly more resources in Asian studies.”

Comprised of a diverse panel of faculty and others from within and outside the University, the task force is charged with examining a broad range of issues in graduate and undergraduate education – both on-campus and through study abroad programs – and seeking opportunities to enhance faculty scholarship in the field.

Task force members are: Jean Ann Linney, Office of the Provost; Paolo G. Carozza, Law School; Julia Douthwaite, International Studies; Howard Goldblatt, East Asian languages and literatures; Qing Han, mathematics; Peter Holland, film, television and theatre; Roger D. Huang, finance; Yih-Fang Huang, electrical engineering; Justin Liu, Asian Studies Advisory Board; Scott Mainwaring, Kellogg Institute; David Morrissey, University Relations; Mark Roche, College of Arts and Letters; and Larry Sullivan, theology.

The task force is expected to submit a report on its findings at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester.

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