October 5, 2017 Meeting of Area Studies

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October 5, 2017

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IAS Staff Meeting

October 5, 2017

Present: Jan Adamczyk, Atoma Batoma, Shuyong Jiang, Lisa Renee Kemplin, Laila Hussein Moustafa, Lynne Rudasill, Yoo-Seong Song, Antonio Sotomayor, Mara Thacker, and Steve Witt 

Announcements & Accolades:

  1. Sweeps Week is October 23-October 29.
  2. Mara has two brown bags scheduled over the lunch hour this semester. One is at Lucy Ellis Lounge (October 10) on fieldwork and one is at the English Department (November 9) on Maus.
  3. Antonio will be in the Dominican Republic next week on a research trip.
  4. Research Spotlight on October 11 in IAS from 2-3:30. This one will feature the work of Dr. Harriet Murav.
  5. The next Research Spotlight is on November 8 from 2-3:30 in Rm 200 and will feature the work of Dr. Emily Knox.
  6. November 14 from 10-12 in IAS will be the Celebration of the Taiwan Resource Center.
  7. Atoma announced that the African Studies Center does brown bags every Wednesday at noon. Suggested we check their website for upcoming programming.
  8. Atoma asked for proposals for a Chai Wai in the spring semester for January or February.
  9. Katrina Spencer was featured in her school magazine at Middlebury College and Steve created a tweet for it.
  10. Mara said that our South Asian comic collection was featured on a blog on religion and comics.
  11. Atoma is interested in collaborating with Joe on an African music program.


  1. Title VI applications were completed two weeks ago. This spring request for proposals will be submitted. Subject Specialists shared what each of their centers have contributed to their areas financially. Suggestions on future projects included class instruction with Global Studies majors and sponsorships for visiting scholars.
  2. Steve discussed the Study Abroad Courses with ISchool. Antonio was not available to lead the Costa Rica trip so Clara Chu will be the leader. This trip will happen over spring break. They are using the College of Education model. Yoo-Seong is involved with trips to Korea that are funded through the government of Korea. Discussed possibly running program though IAS and Mortenson Center. Some of the money for the trips goes into our ICR funds. 


  1. Lynne sent out the surveys this morning and is interested in your comments. Room 321 has been added to the questionnaire. Suggestion on adding focus groups.
  2. Advancement Donor event is this Friday, October 6 from 6:30-8:30 in Rm 200. Desire to get donors to help with money for field work.