College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) and the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) will hold a joint conference on October 3-5, 2014 at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS. This marks the 6th time that the MCAA conference will be held at KU, but it will be a first for the SWCAS conference.

Registration costs for the conference will be $55 for faculty and $25 for graduate students and independent scholars. In addition, all conference participants will be expected to join either MCAA or SWCAS. Membership costs for either group will be $20.

For information about Lawrence as well as travel and hotel information, please click on the tabs on the left of this page.

MCAA awards prizes for papers written by students. Please click on the Prizes tab for more information.


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

We had a great CHINA Town Hall event last night, including a terrific talk from China-Africa researcher Yoon Jung Park. Anyone researching the relationship between China and African countries will find many more resources here: http://china-africa.ssrc.org/

Grad lands dream biotech job with KU degree Nathan Bushue chose the nontraditional route to find his calling as a biohazard technician at KU Medical Center — he got his bachelor’s degree close to home in molecular biosciences at KU’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park (http://bit.ly/1rDC304). “With a degree from KU, I can do anything,” Bushue says. http://bit.ly/BeAJayhawk


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