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Asian Languages and Cultures

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Spring Quarter 2021

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As we start this Spring quarter, we are at once encouraged by the increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccinations and the promise that we will be able to gather together again in person in the months ahead, and also deeply saddened by the recent rise of violence aimed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our communities. We stand in solidarity with the families and communities of the victims of the massacre in Atlanta, Georgia on March 17, 2021, and confirm our commitment as scholars and students of the languages and cultures of Asia to dedicate our research, teaching, and lifelong learning to the goal of dismantling racist and misogynist structures that enable such acts of hate. We resolve to use the opportunities we have as students and professors of Asian Languages and Cultures to speak out against rhetoric that marginalizes, stereotypes, or threatens Asians and Asian Americans, and to redouble our efforts to cultivate equity in our spaces of learning and our broader communities.


Why ALC?

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers an education in the languages, cultures, and literatures of Asia.  Students will acquire linguistic and transcultural competence in one or more regions of Asia and learn to better appreciate Asia as a dynamic site of international cultural relations.  A few of our students share their reasons for studying Asian languages and cultures and what they gained from the experience.

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Faculty Highlights

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Sarah Jacoby Launches Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

A forum for intellectual stimulation, dialogue, and community building among the international body of doctoral students and junior faculty funded by the Khyentse Foundation, along with the contingent of Buddhist Studies doctoral students studying at Northwestern.
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Three ALC faculty members have published articles in the latest issue of South Asia: A Journal of South Asian Studies

Professors David Boyk, Laura Brueck, and Daniel Majchrowicz all publish in the latest journal Vol 43, Issue 5 (2020).
Articles here
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Environmental Humanities Podcast Launches

The first episode features a conversation with anthropologist Jerry Zee (Princeton Environmental Institute).  Hosted by Zeynep Oguz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities in the Kaplan Institute and Anthropology, this episode is co-hosted by Corey Byrnes (Asian Languages and Cultures).
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News and Events



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Sophie Jiang (SoC ’21)

The Office of Fellowships announces the 2021-2022 Schwarzman Scholars!

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ALC Year in Review 2019-2020

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