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Fiona Sze-Lorrain: Poetry Readings

Fiona Sze-Lorrain

On Wednesday, October 5th (4:00 p.m. in Hollander Hall 241), Fiona Sze-Lorrain will read from her latest book of poetry, The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), chosen by Library Journal as one of the “Best Books 2015: Poetry” and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2016, as well as her two earlier collections, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010). In addition, she will read from her translations of contemporary Chinese and American poets, including Mark Strand and Yi Lu’s Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016), shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award.

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Bodhisattva as Jerk: Performance, Exhibitionism, and Social Discomfort in Chinese Buddhism

Professor Paul Rouzer, from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures of the University of Minnesota, will be giving a lecture entitled “Bodhisattva as Jerk: Performance, Exhibitionism, and Social Discomfort in Chinese Buddhism.”

Thursday, April 14 at 4:30pm | Griffin Hall, room 6

Sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Religion.

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2016 Linen Summer Grants for Study in Asia

Supported by an endowment for Asian Studies established by family and friends in memory of James A. Linen III, Class of 1934, the Department of Asian Studies offers a limited number of grants to assist Williams College undergraduates in traveling to Asia during the summer for educational purposes. For the purposes of these grants, “Asia” refers to South, Southeast, and East Asia, defined as those parts of the continent east of the Khyber Pass and south and east of the Tian Shan Mountains and the Gobi Desert.

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2016 Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

Through the generosity of the Taiwan Ministry of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO), the Department of Asian Studies at Williams College has been awarded a scholarship for one Williams student to study Mandarin language in Taiwan during 2016-2017.

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Williams-in-China Fellowships (2016)

The fellowship is a one-year position, with a possibility of a second year, if the candidate and the University so desire. The work begins in late August. Teaching duties are divided between United College, where Fellows lead their own class in English Conversation, and one of several departments, where Fellows act as Teaching Assistants in a regular course.  Williams pays $7000, divided in June and January installments.  CUHK adds approximately HK$ 10,000 in monthly salary and a campus apartment that you share with the other Williams person and, possibly, another US fellow.  Fellows can, at no additional expense, take Chinese language courses at CUHK, which are encouraged but not required.  Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.

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