Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Discussions about Korean Aesthetics, Presenting at the International Conference “Build Bridges: Korean Philosophy in the World,” the Participants walking across the campus of SKKU

UI faculty meet professional goals with help of funding through International Programs

International Programs provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for UI faculty engaged in international research, partnerships, and other activities, and is invested in the success that faculty have in their field.
students participating in the Tadoku Workshop in April 2022

8 academic centers, programs, and networks contribute to Iowa’s global mission

International Programs supports eight faculty-led academic centers, programs, and networks that exist to create opportunities for faculty to contribute to the global mission of the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa to celebrate lunar new year Feb. 3

All across Asia, the arrival of spring is celebrated. For the Chinese, Koreans, and various Southeast Asian communities, it is marked with the beginning of the new year on the lunar calendar.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies to host virtual lecture on the future of Burma - Sept. 22

Join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies on September 22, 2021, at 12 p.m. for a virtual lecture titled "Protests, Military Coup, and Burma’s Future" with special guest Maxime Boutry, associate researcher in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France. 
Helen Shen

UI faculty Helen Shen wins STARTALK grant

Helen Shen, professor and DEO of the UI Department of Asian & Slavic Languages and Literatures, has been awarded a STARTALK grant for the 2022-23 school year. STARTALK is a program of the National Security Agency, aimed at increasing the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical foreign languages.

Yangbo Ye

Educational background: Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1986, Columbia University.
Research interest: number theory and medical imaging.
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Steve W Duck

My work is in the study of rhetorical, psychological and communicative processes in personal relationships. After a PhD in Social Psychology, I moved to Communication Studies and finally Rhetoric. After founding the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, I edited it for 15 years and was also President of the International Network on Personal Relationships and cofounder of the Interpersonal Conferences on Personal Relationships, both of them international and interdisciplinary in emphasis.
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Richard Velasco

Richard Velasco is a clinical assistant professor of mathematics and science education. He teaches secondary math methods courses and supervises secondary math and science pre-service teachers. Prior to working at the University of Iowa, Richard was a secondary math teacher for twelve years, a national board certified teacher in early adolescent mathematics, and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. His current line of research includes STEM teacher advocacy, conceptualizations of STEM education, and informal STEM learning spaces.
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Nancy Hauserman

I have a J.D. and taught Business, Law and Ethics in the Tippie College of Business for 30 years. I taught undergraduates (Iowa, London and Italy) and MBAs and taught in our Executive MBA programs in Iowa, Italy (CIMBA) and Hong Kong. I directed the Italy (CIMBA) program as well. My primary areas of research were law and ethics generally and whistleblowing and sexual harassment specifically. Served as undergraduate Dean in the Tippie College.
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Morten Schlütter

Morten Schlütter (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor and Departmental Executive Officer (Chair) of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, and the former Director of the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. He is the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008), which focuses on crucial developments within Chan [Jpn.: Zen] Buddhism that came to dominate Chinese monastic Buddhism by the twelfth century. He is the co-editor of Readings of the Platform Sūtra (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the author of many articles on Chinese Buddhism and Chan. He is currently working on a book manuscript that traces the evolution of Chinese Chan through different versions of the Platform Sūtra.
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Meenakshi Gigi Durham

Meenakshi Gigi Durham is Professor and Collegiate Scholar in the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Her research addresses gender and sexuality in the media, emphasizing embodiment, intersectional identities, transnational feminisms, and sexual violence. Her articles have appeared in leading communication journals, and she serves on many editorial boards. Her books include MeToo: The Impact of Rape Culture in the Media, Technosex, The Lolita Effect, and Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks.  Among her numerous honors are the May Brodbeck Award Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty and the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Iowa, as well as the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship from the International Communication Association.
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Mary L Cohen

My research area is music education and well-being with a focus on music in prisons (from an abolitionist perspective), songwriting, and collaborative communities. I am creating connections among many researchers across the U.S. through the Justice Arts Coalition and recent Arts in Prison conferences and across the globe interested in music education in prisons, currently in Germany, Scotland, England, Brazil, Belgium, Norway, Australia, and hoping to continue to build this network. I am also very interested in peacebuilding and music education, and restorative & transformative justice.