The South Asia Center’s Outreach program serves K-12 teachers and students, post-secondary institutions, businesses, and the general public regionally and nationally. Our K-12 teacher training activities are routinely organized in collaboration with other organizations within University of Pennsylvania, such as the Penn Museum Education Department and the Graduate School of Education, and with community-based organizations, such as Global Education Motivators (GEM). Our Speakers Bureau brings faculty, graduate students, and the Assistant Director into regional K-12 classrooms to present on South Asia topics. Our annual Asia Day conference, our STARTALK summer language programs, and many other cultural events bring high school students from the region to Penn campus to learn about South Asian languages and cultures from Penn faculty and advanced graduate students.
Eductional resources for students and teachers.
The South Asia Center's Outreach program is committed to providing information and activities on diverse topics related to South Asia to all members of the community. Our outreach activities offer valuable insight into the cultures, languages, arts, literatures, religions, politics, history, and contemporary issues of South Asian countries by making available a variety of resources from Penn and beyond. Most of our resources are available to the public for free or at minimum cost. We at the South Asia Center welcome your ideas and suggestions about outreach activities for the community at large. If you have an idea you'd like to share, please contact Outreach Coordinator Raili Roy, 215-898-4490.
South Asian Community Organizations:
Additional resources available in our General Resources section.
Penn is home to two key South Asia business outreach resources with whom we collaborate:
Knowledge@Wharton is Wharton’s online business journal, with 1.38 million subscribers worldwide. In 2006, an India edition was launched. India Knowledge@Wharton now has 60,000 web edition subscribers and 90,000 subscribers to its mobile edition in India. India Knowledge@Wharton records and distributes audio podcasts and video webcasts of Wharton conference speakers to its network of subscribers.
The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual India-centric conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, bringing together business leaders, professionals, faculty and students to discuss the opportunities that lie in India's way and the challenges that need to be addressed. Since its inception 13 years ago, WIEF has been the leading business forum focused on India in the United States.
The South Asia Center invites non-Penn faculty members from the Philadelphia region whose research and teaching interest include South Asia to share in, and to contribute to, the knowledge and programs offered by the University's South Asia studies community by becoming an Affiliated Faculty Member of the South Asia Center at Penn. The Center hopes to build upon our mutual interests and expertise in innovative and exciting ways, and we hope that you will join us in expanding our range of intellectual and cultural offerings. We look forward to your contributions to our existing activities, as well as to your suggestions for further programming and pedagogic initiatives.
As an Affiliated Faculty Member, we will keep you informed about new developments in current research, publications, teaching and cultural and public affairs programs via the South Asia Newsletter and our SAC Events listserv. You will also receive invitations to major events and activities; an updated list of South Asia studies faculty and scholars in the Philadelphia metropolitan area; and periodic calendars of activities. We offer Affiliated Faculty Members the opportunity to use the University's outstanding South Asia Library collection, as well as its museum, which holds an extensive South Asia collection. We also collaborate closely with the Indian & Himalayan section of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
If you are interested in becoming an Affiliated Faculty Member of the South Asia Center, please contact Jody Chavez.
See our current list of Affiliated Faculty Members.