South Asia Center

The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania coordinates faculty and students drawn from many departments and several schools who develop and participate in community and campus-wide programs and activities pertaining to South Asia.

The South Asia Center works in consonance with the Department of South Asia Studies and the Graduate Group in South Asia Regional Studies and provides outreach activities to K-12 teachers and students in surrounding communities.  More

Lecturer in Sanskrit Position Open

The South Asia Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time appointment as Lecturer in Sanskrit. The appointment will begin in August 2014 and includes teaching six courses per academic year. This appointment will be for one academic year with the possibility of annual renewal for up to an additional two years, contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Dean.

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the long-term quality, stability and development of the Sanskrit program at Penn. Candidates must have research and teaching experience in Sanskrit. A PhD or near-PhD is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with proven creativity and pedagogical success in the design and delivery of courses, particularly at the elementary and intermediate levels of instruction.




"H1B" is an art exhibition from curator Masum Momaya of the Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project. The result of a national call for art submissions, H1B includes pieces in various media including film.

The work explores the trajectories, technicalities and tumultuous emotions of immigrants living and working here on H1B as well as H4 visas. Each work is poignantly personal and, at the same time, speaks broadly to the experience of immigrants everywhere in the world who leave their homelands to work, build lives and pursue dreams.

The works, and the statements and biographies that accompany them, humanize global patterns and remind us that immigration debates are ultimately about people.

The exhibition will run from January 18th - February 28th, 2013.  Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday: 11-5pm and by appointment.

For additional information please contact Aisha Zia Khan at

(215) 253-8578 or by email: