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ME-50046-14

Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19130-3936)
Lakshmi Gudipati (Project Director: 08/28/2013 to present)

South Asia: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

A partnership between the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania's South Asia Center to conduct a two-year Bridging Cultures faculty and curriculum development project on cultural divides and diversity in India.

A partnership between the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania's South Asia Center to conduct a two-year Bridging Cultures faculty and curriculum development project on cultural divides and diversity in India. The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) collaborates with The South Asia Center, a Title VI National Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania, to expand the CCP curriculum in selected periods in Indian history from the Vedic era to the Partition of 1947. Lakshmi Gudipati and David Prejsnar of CCP (English Department and History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department, respectively) direct the project for sixteen participants, all of whom are selected from humanities faculty hired by CCP in the last ten years. Each year a cohort of eight junior faculty participate in a series of seminars, in company with University of Pennsylvania scholars of South Asia such as Daud Ali, Deven Patel, Michael Meister, Jamal Elias, and Suvir Kaul, who bring rich knowledge about Indian art, history, religion, and literature. Topics explored in light of the theme of negotiating diversity show myriad permutations of accommodation or strife amongst different religious, social, or political groups in ancient, early modern, and colonial eras. Year one encompasses the classical to pre-colonial periods, drawing on poems, plays, moral tales, and selections from religious texts and epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. A tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collections, led by the Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, offers direct experience with representative art. In year two, the early modern era and colonialism ending in the Partition of 1947 is examined using primary sources such as the writings of explorers, missionaries, travelers, and Victorian intellectuals; East India Company history; and twentieth-century literature and films. Mentoring by the South Asia Center scholars assists CCP faculty as they infuse content into modules for existing courses. In addition, the CCP directors create a new interdisciplinary course on South Asia to complement other area studies courses offered under the auspices of CCP's Center for International Understanding. The project supports expansion of the college's print and digital resources for teaching, as well as the creation of digital avenues for disseminating modules, bibliographies, and useful links.

Project fields:
South Asian History

Program:
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$119,904 (approved)
$119,904 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017