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Executive Director:
Chapple, Christopher
Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology
Academic Affairs/Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
University Hall
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3763
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Phone: 310-338-2846
Email: cchapple@lmu.edu

Communications Office:
Dr. Gary Rhodes, Director
Center for Global Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
8907 Math Sciences Building,
Box 951521
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
Telephone: (310) 206-5376 Email: rhodes@gseis.ucla.edu








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BACKGROUND

The Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS) is a voluntary association of public and private colleges and universities established in 1972 for the purpose of coordinating and sharing resources to further international studies in the southern California region. In 1971, a small group representing USC, CSULA, Claremont Graduate School, the UC EAP office and UCLA, met to discuss the planning and implementation of a conference dealing with international studies issues. The conference focusing on the "future of international studies," was held in October of 1971and included approximately 60 participants representing some 25 colleges. Each institution provided an inventory of its international activities and shared information regarding its needs. The attendees organized themselves into four study groups, concentrating on traditional international study subjects: foreign languages; curriculum and teaching; research; and public service. At a following conference meeting, November 12, 1971, the conferees voted to establish the Southern California Conference on International Studies, and the first Steering Committee included representatives from USC, the CSUC System, UC EAP, Occidental College, the Claremont Graduate School, and UCLA. Since 1972, the voluntary association has been called the Southern California Consortium on International Studies - SOCCIS.

Some thirty years later, through the various activities it facilitates or sponsors, SOCCIS continues to strengthen the institutional commitment to international and foreign area studies in southern California. It promotes and strengthens the network of faculty in the region; it encourages institutional and faculty commitment to an "internationalized" curriculum and provides means of enhancing faculty teaching capabilities in international and foreign area studies through seminars, workshops, and summer institutes, many of which are open to the general public; and it strives to ensure that the institutions of higher learning in this region offer curriculum that enable their students to gain an understanding of the lives and aspirations of the people of other countries near and far, an appreciation for cultures different from their own, and an attitude conducive toward international cooperation to solve the many human and ecological problems that cannot be remedied by one country acting alone. In keeping with these goals, SOCCIS also supports statewide and national efforts to strengthen international and foreign area studies and to improve the level of public awareness and understanding of other peoples and cultures and international events.

This document includes:

  • Networking: a review of the SOCCIS organizational structure

  • Cost Sharing: the commitment of the institutional members and how SOCCIS resources are used

  • Benefits: what do the associates gain from membership in SOCCIS

  • Highlights of Past Programs: an overview of several programs co-sponsored during recent years
    Latin American Studies
    South Asian Studies
    Internationalization of the Curriculum
    African Studies
    Rotating Spring Campus Site Visits by the SOCCIS Steering Committee
    International Relations and European Studies

  • Focus on Recent Programs: a discussion of two distinct SOCCIS co-sponsored programs implemented during 1999-2000
    SOCCIS Canadian Studies Grant - Transnational Indigenous Peoples Conference
    SOCCIS Small Grant - A Year of Courses and Activities on Cuba

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NETWORKING: THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The SOCCIS Executive Office is headquartered at LMU. Membership currently stands at nineteen institutions. SOCCIS associates include:

California State University System:

Channel Islands - http://www.csuci.edu/cia/index.htm/
Dominguez Hills - http://www.csudh.edu/iec/
Fullerton - http://fullerton.edu/
Long Beach - http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/grad_undergrad/cie/
Los Angeles - http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/intlstu/
Northridge - http://www.csun.edu/
Pomona - http://www.csupomona.edu/~international/
San Bernardino - http://enrollment.csusb.edu/~iss/about.html

Private Universities and Colleges:

American Jewish University - http://www.ajula.edu/
Loyola Marymount - http://www.lmu.edu/
Occidental College - http://www.oxy.edu/IPO.xml/
Pepperdine University - http://www.pepperdine.edu/seaver/ints
University of La Verne - http://www.ulv.edu/
University of Southern California - http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS/
Whittier College - http://www.whittier.edu

University of California:

Los Angeles - http://www.international.ucla.edu/
Santa Barbara - http://www.gisp.ucsb.edu/

Higher Education Two-Year System:

Santa Monica College - http://www.smc.edu
California Colleges for International Education - http://www.ccieworld.org/

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COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

Representatives from each member institution, usually at the Dean-level or above, sit on a Steering Committee. This inter-institutional coordinating group meets twice per year, approves the allocation of SOCCIS resources, and discusses major issues relating to international studies in the region, including ways to collaborate and share resources. The Committee also considers federal, state and private sector support of international studies and initiatives affecting international and foreign area studies nationally and locally.

The SOCCIS structure includes the Steering Committee, six standing committees, and an executive office:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE - Provides central coordinating function

STEERING COMMITTEE - Inter-institutional coordinating group; high level representation from each campus

STANDING COMMITTEES - Working groups on specialized fields that draw upon faculty from SOCCIS institutions

  • African studies
  • Colloquium on Canadian Studies
  • Southern California China Colloquium
  • Committee on the Internationalization of the Curriculum
  • Southern California Japan Seminar
  • Colloquium on Latin American Studies
  • Southern California Seminar on South Asia

One of the primary purposes of SOCCIS is to encourage inter-institutional sharing of resources in international and foreign area studies. Through its standing committees, SOCCIS has the mechanisms to facilitate such sharing in a number of foreign area fields. SOCCIS has also contributed to the internationalization of the curriculum and the development of instructors through co-sponsorship of the annual International Studies Summer Institute for precollegiate and community college educators. We place a high value on the SOCCIS Standing Committees, the network of area studies scholars, and the activities that are sponsored. In addition, the SOCCIS Executive Office coordinates and co-sponsors programs with Title VI funded centers, including the Center for International Relations, the Near Eastern Center, the European and Russian Studies Center, and the East Asian Studies Center. SOCCIS activities, such as colloquia and seminars, are also open to the public and offer forums for meaningful interaction between the institutions and the communities they serve.

RESOURCES: COST SHARING AND THE COMMITMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

SOCCIS has successfully weathered several years of budgetary stringency in higher education, underscoring the fact that member institutions value the benefits derived from participation in the consortium. Membership dues are paid by each consortium member, $500.00 for the four-year institutions and $250.00 for the community colleges. These funds are used for program support; there are no administrative salaries or overhead costs. Member institutions are expected to play important roles in consortium functions by hosting and cost-sharing the implementation of programs.

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BENEFITS OF SOCCIS MEMBERSHIP

  • The continuation of a low-cost consortium with a central office that has no administrative overhead

  • Support for guest speakers, workshops, conferences and curriculum development, with primary condition that the initiative be a multi-campus effort

  • Funding of SOCCIS Standing Committees

  • SOCCIS Small Grants Program

  • Opportunity for scholars to participate in the SOCCIS network through SOCCIS committees and SOCCIS-sponsored events

  • Access to the SOCCIS communications network, flowing from the Steering Committee representatives and the Standing Committee network, and the "SOCCIS News Section" in the newsletter, ISOP Intercom

  • Information distribution through the network

  • Annual rotating Spring SOCCIS Steering Committee meetings hosted by a SOCCIS member institution to inform on the campus structure, it's international programs, current instruction, research and public service, and strategy for the future of international education at the institution

  • Support of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Access to the SOCCIS Film Library, a collection of nearly 300 films and videos on international studies

  • Participation in the annual SOCCIS-sponsored Latin American Studies Seminar

  • Access for students enrolled in SOCCIS institutions to certain foreign language and literature courses offered at UCLA or another SOCCIS member campus for home institution credit with no extra fees

  • Availability of inter-institutional courses to students enrolled at SOCCIS institutions

  • Coordinated advocacy effort and work with the Coalition for International Education

SOCCIS provides the coordination of resources necessary for these projects. The SOCCIS-sponsored lectures and conferences are normally open to the public, serving both SOCCIS member institutions and the general public of southern California.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF SOCCIS CO-SPONSORED PROGRAMS

Engaging the American Mind: International Education in the Post-September Eleventh World

California State Polytechnic University Pomona
The Fifth International Research Forum
Friday, April 26, 2002
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jean Aigner, Director
International Center
Päivi Hoikkala
Interim Director
Faculty Center for Professional Development
President Bob H. Suzuki
President, Cal Poly Pomona
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jean Aigner, Director
International Center
Opening Plenary Session
Dr. W.F. Santiago-Valles
Director of the Lewis Walker Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations


"Popular Culture and Higher Education: Cultural Exchange in an International Context"

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1A
Fallout from September 11:
Impact on Media, Business, and Consumers
Coordinator: Juanita Roxas
Doubt Foreclosed: U.S. Corporate Media
and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Oliver Boyd-Barret
Communication
Foreign Direct Investment in Eastern Europe:
A Comparison Pre and Post 9/11
Susan D. Peters
International Business and Marketing

Session 1B

Simulating International Diplomacy:
The Model United Nations Program
Coordinator: John Moore
Concurrent Session 2
Session 2A
Israeli-Palestanian Conflict
Coordinator: Mahmood Ibrahim
Update on the Current Crises
Mahmood Ibrahim
History
Israel and the Absence of Representation
Nitzan Lebovic
Doctorate Candidate
History
UCLA
Closing Plenary Session
Saul Landau

Cosponsored by the International Center, Research and Sponsored Programs, Phi Beta Delta, Faculty Center

 

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SOCCIS LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR SERIES

The SOCCIS Latin American Spring Seminar is coordinated by Professor Susana Hernandez Araico (shernandez@csupomona), California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, and Ms. Barbara Robinson (brobinson@usc.edu), University of Southern California. This topical seminar series is designed to create wide involvement among SOCCIS member institutions and student participation, for credit, in the instructional program. The 2000-2001 Latin American studies program was devoted to the study of theater and the syllabus is provided here.

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The SOCCIS Latin American Seminar for 2001

"Latin American Theatre and Society"


This SOCCIS Seminar is available to students for credit through a SOCCIS-member institution.

In addition, Seminar meetings are also open to the public.

SOCCIS Spring/Summer 2001 seminar
"Latin American Theatre and Society"
in conjunction with the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts' (BFA) Readers' Theatre 2001 Season, Fundacion Bilingue de las Artes-Teatro Leido, Temporada 2001
4 quarter units; June4-August 7

The SOCCIS Latin American Seminar coordinator:
Susana Hernández Araico, Professor
Dept. of English & Foreign Languages
California State Polytechnic University.
Pomona, CA 91768
Tels.( 909) 869-3810/3802/3803
FAX (909) 869-4896
E-mail Shernandezar@csupomona.edu
http:www.csupomona.edu~shernandezar

SYLLABUS

The Seminar will include
-performance of 6 plays (two in English, four in Spanish) at the BFA
-pre-performance discussion with director/playwright/ and/or actors
Monday evenings, June 4-July 16, 6:00--10:00 p. m . (not the week of July 4)
-two additional weekly meetings (preparation of a final analytical paper and
bibliography)
Tuesday evenings July 24 and 31, 6:00-9:00 p. m.

Students from SOCCIS-member institutions may enroll in this seminar for credit through SOCCIS-course sharing arrangement. Other students and the general public are invited to participate in the seminar on a non-credit status.

Bilingual Foundation for the Arts plays and class meetings include
1. June 4, 2001 - Monday at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts
"El ultimo bolero" (Cuban), by Iliana and Cristina Rebull; directed by Juan Roca (in Spanish)

2. June 11, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Dormant" (Argentinian), by Jorge Albertella, directed by Denis Blasor
(in English)

3. June 18, 2001 - Monday at the BFA; also staged at the Skirball Center June 17
"In the Name of God" (Mexican), by Sabina Berman, directed by Agustin
Coppola (in English)

4. June 25, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Virgen la Memoria" (Mexican), by Norma Barroso, directed by Octavio Trejo
(in Spanish). One-woman show on the victimization of indigenous peoples.

5. July 9, 2001- Monday at the BFA
"Juventud, divino tesoro" (Cuban), by Raul de Cardenas, directed by Ernesto
Miyares (in Spanish)

6. July 16, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Calderon enamorado", adapted by J. M. Ruano de la Haza, directed by Margarita
Galban (in Spanish)

7. July 24, 2001 - Tuesday class meeting at BFA.

8. July 31, 2001 - Tuesday class meeting at BFA.

Class meetings will take place at the Fundación Bilingüe de las Artes / Bilingual Foundation for the Arts (BFA), N. Ave 19, Los Angeles, 90031 (East Los Angeles). For instructions on how to drive to the BFA, you may call for instructions at (323) 225-4044; they will fax you a map with instructions.

Students registered for credit cannot miss any of the six sessions with guest lectures and play performances. More than one absence in the remaining meetings will warrant an I to be completed with instructor at home institution.

UPPER-DIVISION STUDENTS, in consultation with instructor, must do a ten-page critical paper with bibliography in addition to fulfilling all the requirements for lower-division students outlined below:

FOR ALL STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR CREDIT
READING AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
Students will be required to read each play prior to and following its readers' performance, in addition to one or two pertinent critical articles as assigned by instructor.

Students will be required to participate in discussion of plays and readings, demonstrating completion of reading assignments.

Students will be required to submit a three-five page typed critical response to each play at the meeting following the performance, also to demonstrate completion of reading assignments. Written homework may be submitted electronically, prior to class meeting.

Midterm and Final Exams
Students will answer two essay questions on the material covered thus far at each period. Final will be comprehensive.

XEROX COPIES of plays and the following articles will be distributed through a near-by copy center. Complete "Recommended Bibliography" in a separate hand-out.

Bibliography

Bixler, Jacqueline E. "Games and Reality on the Latin American Stage." Latin American Literary Review 12 (1984): 22-35.
-----. "The Postmodernization of History in the Theatre of Sabina Berman." Latin American Theatre Review 30.2 (1997): 45-60.
Blanco Amores de Pagella, Angela. "Manifestaciones del absurdo en Argentina." Latin American Theatre Review 8.1 (1974: 21-24.
Larson, Catherine. "Playwrights of Passage: Women and Game-playing on the Stage." Latin American Literary Review 19 (1991): 77-89.
Martínez de Olcoz, Nieves. "Decisiones de la máscara nueva: Dramaturgia femenina y fin de Siglo en América Latina." Latin American Theatre Review 31.2 (1998): 5-16.
Monleón, José. "Utopía y realidad en el teatro latinoamericano." Latin American Theatre Review 13.2 (1980): 23-29.
Nigro, Kirsten. "Textualidad, historia y sujetividad: Género y género." Latin American Theatre Review 26.2 (1993): 17-24.
Salas, Teresa Cajiao, and Margarita Vargas, "An Overview of Contemporary Latin American Theater." Philosophy and Literature in Latin America: A Critical Assessment of the Current Situation. Ed. Jorge J. E. Gracia and Mireya Camurati. Albany, NY: SUNY P, 1989. 132-39.
Villegas, Juan. "Pragmática de la cultura: el teatro latinoamericano." Siglo XX/20th Century 9.1-2. (1991-1992): 163-77.
Woodyard, George. "The Theater of the Absurd in Spanish America." Comparative Drama 3 (1969): 183-92.

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The Latin American seminar held during 1998-99 included five guest scholars making presentations at four SOCCIS universities. The campuses involved were the University of Judaism, USC, UC Riverside, Loyola-Marymount, Cal Ploy Pomona, and Cal State University Los Angeles.

February 22
James Cockcroft
Porfirian Mexico Then and Now
Location: Cal State Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center and the Latin American Society
Campus Coordinator: Enrique Ochoa, History Dept.

March 1
Sandra Ramos, Labor Activist from Nicaragua
Labor Organizing in Nicaragua's Maquiladoras
Location: Cal State Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center, The Latin American
Society, and EOP
Campus Coordinator: Enrique Ochoa, History Dept.

March 13
Lois Oppenheim, Political Science, University of Judaism
Evaluating Contemporary Chile through the Legacies of the Past: Allende and
Pinochet. Lecture, viewing of film Battle of Chile and discussion.
Location: University of Southern California
Co-sponsored by the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, ISD
Campus Coordinator: Barbara Robinson, Boeckmann Center

April 16
Devra Weber, Asst. Prof, History Dept. UC Riverside
Mixtec Women and Transnational Social Movements
Location: Loyola Marymount University
Campus Coordinator: Olga Celle de Bowman, Sociology Department

May 1
Saul Landau, History, Cal Poly Pomona
Cuban studies
SOCCIS Latin American Committee
Location: Cal Poly Pomona
Campus Coordinator: Susana Hernandez Araico, email: shernandezar@csupomona.edu

 

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SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES

The SOCCIS Southern California Seminar on South Asia is administered by Loyola-Marymount University, Professor Christopher Chapple (cchapple@lmu.edu), Asian and Pacific Studies. The 2001-2002 conference, "Celebrating Mahavira's Teachings - The Lessons of Ahimsa and Anekanta for Contemporary Life," was held California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, from January 19-20, 2002. The conference was also sponsored by the CSPU Pomona, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

The conference included an international group of scholars and practitioners who shared their research and insights on the teachings of Mahavira and Jainism, and approaches to education about Jainism. Apart from CSPU Pomona, representatives from the following institutions participated: Schumacher College, UK; Dennison University; UC Berkeley; University of Guam; College of Jesus and Mary, Delhi University; University of Edinburgh; UC Irvine; McGill University; Loyola Marymount University; Southern California Jain Center; Anekanta Education Foundation.

During 2001, The Southern California Seminar on South Asia sponsored the annual meeting of South Asian scholars and the presentation of recent research. On January 27, 2001, the research topics and panelists included:

"Sita in the Kitchen: Pativrata and Ramarajya"
Phyllis K. Herman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge. She completed her Ph.D. in the History Department of U.C.L.A. and has focused her research on Sita in the various Ramayanas. She recently traveled to the city of Ayodhya and published an article on her experience there in the Journal of Hindu Studies.

"The Poison in the Gift Revisited"
Maria Hibbets is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University in Sanskrit and Indian Studies in 1999.

"Divine Madness in Kashmir Saiva Texts and Traditions"
Marcy Braverman is completing her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Three additional events were sponsored for the 2000-2001 academic year. The first was a panel on teaching South Asian Religions, held at the West Coast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Long Beach, October 6-8, 2000. Participants will include Cynthia Humes of Pomona College and Phyllis Hermann, of California State University, Northridge.

The second was a conference on the Yoga tradition held on Friday, October 27 at Loyola Marymount University and Saturday, October 28 at UCLA. Four scholars presented papers: Dr. Olle Quarnstrom of Lund University, Sweden, on Jaina aspects of the Yoga tradition; Dr. John Casey of Loyola Marymount University on Buddhist aspects of the Yoga tradition; Dr. Ian Whicher of the University of Manitoba on philosophical aspects of the Yoga tradition; and Dr. Chris Chapple of Loyola Marymount University on images of luminosity in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The four met on Friday to discuss their contributions to and the general ordering of a book on the Yoga tradition being edited by Dr. Whicher for Curzon Press. On Saturday they presented their papers in a public session at UCLA.

The third event was a co-sponsored dialogue on Social Service and Spirituality in India. Four presenters represented India: Swami Agnivesh, an activist long involved with social welfare issues in India, including the liberation of bonded laborers; Swami Asaktananda of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Narendrapur, who has helped with the building and administration of several schools and hospitals; Kiran Bedi, who has introduced meditation practices into the jails of New Delhi; and Ashok Malhotra, a philosopher from the State University of New York at Oneonta who has founded schools in Rajasthan, India.

During the 1999-2000 academic year, the Southern California Seminar on South Asia co-sponsored two events and promoted a third event to the mailing list of the Seminar.

The first event was titled Women and Spirituality: A Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue. This was held at Loyola Marymount University on October 23rd. Four speakers focused on South Asia: Dr. Carol Lee Flinders, Comparative Literature, the University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Jashiree Kak Odin, Humanities, the University of Hawaii; Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya, Philosophy, the University of Hawaii; and Pravrajika Sardeshaprana of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. Over 150 people attended this event. Audiotapes have been made available for each of the sessions.

The second event was an international conference co-sponsored with Chapman University in Orange County: Ethics and Religion for a Global Twenty-First Century. Presentations by the following scholars focused on South Asia: Dr. Arvind Sharma, McGill University; Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya, University of Hawaii; Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Zayn Kassam, Pomona College; Dr. Chakrabarti Ram-Prasad, University of Lancaster; and Dr. Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawaii. More than 200 people attended.

The third event, the Third International South Asian Women's Conference, was held on May 6th and 7th. The South Asian Seminar helped in the promotion of this event.

 

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHINA COLLOQUIUM

The colloquium is administered on behalf of SOCCIS by the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, Assistant Director Richard Gunde (gunde@isop.ucla.edu). The SOCCIS Southern California China Colloquium, April 20, 2002 conference, was held at the University of Southern California. The conference, "Contested Claims: The Party, the People and the Fate of the PRC," was an all-day Saturday program and was co-sponsored by UCLA's Center for Chinese Studies, the USC East Asian Studies Center, and SOCCIS.

The conference included an international group of scholars who shared their research and insights on Chinese politics. Apart from USC, representatives from the following institutions participated: University of Colorado, California State University, Long Beach, University of Oregon, Georgetown University.

Conference program
"Contested Claims: The Party, the People and the Fate of the PRC"

PRESENTATION:
Dai Qing (Journalist and author, Beijing, and Provost's Distinguished Visitor, USC):
Opening Remarks

PAPERS:
Peter Gries (Political Science, University of Colorado): "Popular Nationalism and the Fate of the Nation"

Teresa Wright (Political Science, California State University, Long Beach): "The China Democracy Party and the Politics of Protest in the 1980s-1990s"

Richard Kraus (Political Science, University of Oregon): "When Legitimacy Resides in Beautiful Objects: Repatriating Beijing's Looted Zodiac Animal Heads"

Stanley Rosen (Political Science, USC): "Youth and Regime Legitimacy: Balancing Nationalism, Internationalism and Pragmatism"

DISCUSSANTS: Daniel Lynch (International Relations, USC), Harley Balzer (Political Science, Georgetown University)


For 1999-2000, the Southern California China Colloquium presented seven daylong conferences (including one held at USC), two roundtable discussions, and twenty-two lectures. The conferences included an international conference on U.S.-China relations (with representatives from the U.S. and Chinese governments, the media, the professions, and others).

I. DAY-LONG CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Oct. 23: WOMEN AND MODERNITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY CHINA (Organizer: Hu Ying, UCI)

Joan Judge (History, UCSB), "Meng Mu Meets the Modern: The Refiguring of Early Female Instruction Books in Late-Qing Textbooks for Girls and Women"
Hu Ying (EALC, UC Irvine), "Life and Death of a Modern Icon: Sophia and Her Others"
Cheng Weikun (Calif. State Univ., Chico), "Women, Theater, & Modernity: The Public Lives of Actresses in Early 20th-Century Beijing"
Rachel Hui-chi Hsu (Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers Univ.), "'Nora' in China: Modernity and Traveling Gender Identities"
Gail Hershatter (History, UC Santa Cruz), "Gender and "the State Effect" in Rural 1950s China"
Shu-mei Shih (EALC & Comparative Lit., UCLA), "Transnational Feminism Reconsidered: Hung Liu & the Art of Multiple Antagonisms"

Discussants: Prasenjit Duara (History, Univ. of Chicago); Michael Tsin (History, Columbia Univ.)


Nov. 6: FILMIC TEXT AND MEDIA PRODUCTION IN TRANSNATIONAL CHINA (Organizers: Stanley Rosen, USC; and Mayfair Yang, UCSB)

Poshek Fu (History, Univ. of Illinois), Paul Pickowicz (History, UCSD), and Zhiwei Xiao (History, Cal. State Univ., San Marcos), "The Opium War: Take One, Take Two, Take Three"
Zhang Yingjin (Chinese and Comp. Lit., Indiana Univ.), "Death, Decapitation, Desublimation: Wu Ziniu and the Shifting Paradigms of War Films in China"
Esther Yau (Art History and the Visual Arts, Occidental College), "A Place To Do Things with Someone Else's Words: Reiteration, Space and Zhang Yimou's Realism"
Discussant: Nick Browne (Film & TV, UCLA)

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
(with audience participation) on film and TV in China today, including American studios & China, the audience for domestic and foreign films & TV, co-productions, and Chinese diaspora TV & its connections with China.
Panelists:
Lora Chen (Senior Internat'l Administrative Coordinator, Sony Pictures), "Personal Notes on Changes in the Chinese Film Industry: Globalization and the Market Economy"
Victor Li (Producer, "Bu jian bu san" ["Be There or Be Square"]), "Chinese Film Production in the United States"
Mu Xiaocheng (Dubbing and Subtitling Division, Warner Bros.), "Diaspora Chinese TV in Los Angeles and its Connections with Chinese TV: Personal Observations"

Dec 11: THE HISTORY OF CHINESE FOREIGN RELATIONS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY REVIVAL? (Organizer: John E. Wills, USC)
John E. Wills, Jr. (History, USC), "On the Indispensability of the History of Foreign Relations: Notes On the Historiography of China Beyond the China-Centered Turn"
Paul A. Cohen (History, Wellesley College and the Fairbank Center), "The Asymmetry in Intellectual Relations Between China and the West in the Twentieth Century"
Michael Swaine (RAND), "China's Security Policy: A Historical Perspective"
Lyman Miller (Naval Postgraduate School and Hoover Institution), "War, the Evolution of the Chinese State, and China's Strategic Culture"
Discussants: Richard Baum (Poli Sci, UCLA) Roger Dingman (History, USC), Daniel Lynch (Int'l Relations, USC), and Kenneth Pomeranz (History, UC Irvine)

Jan. 22, 2000: NEW THINKING: THE CHINESE ACADEMY IN THE 1990S (Organizer: Theodore Huters, UCLA)
Wang Hui (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "Reflections on 'National Forms'"
Wang Xiaoming (East Chinese Normal University), "Major Developments in Recent Chinese Intellectual Discourse"
Zhang Xudong (New York University), "'End of History' and the Future of Humanities in China: The Problematics of Postmodernism"
Commentator: Yeh Wen-hsin, U.C. Berkeley


Feb. 27: US-CHINA RELATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS (Organizer: Richard Baum, UCLA)
Welcoming address: Albert Carnesale (Chancellor, UCLA), Xu Zhihong (Pres., Peking Univ.)
U.S.-China Relations: The Search for Accommodation
An American View: Ambassador Chas. W. Freeman
A Chinese View: Ambassador An Wenbin
The WTO and China: The Devil is in the Details
Dr. Robert Kapp (President, U.S.-China Business Council)
Constructing Peace: Security Concerns
Prof. Jia Qingguo (International Politics, Peking University)
Dr. Richard Solomon (President, U.S. Institute of Peace)
Dr. Michael Swaine (Research Director, Asian-Pacific Policy, RAND)
Leveling the Economic Playing Field: Fair Trade vs. Free Trade
Prof. Randall Peerenboom (UCLA Law School)
Dr. William Mow (Chairman and CEO, Bugle Boy Industries)
Prof. Stanley Lubman (Stanford Law School)
Demonizing the "Other": The Role of the Mass Media
Prof. Orville Schell (Dean, U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism)
Prof. Timothy Weston (Dept. of History, University of Colorado)
Seth Faison (Shanghai Bureau Chief, New York Times)
Ambassador John H. Holdridge
PRC Ambassador Ji Chaozu
Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal (Special Ass't to the President, & Senior Director for Asia, Nat'l Security Council), "U.S.-China Relations at the Crossroads"

April 10: AFTER THE ASIAN CRISIS
Ronald Bevacqua (Chief Economist, Kommerzbank, Tokyo)
Nicholas Lardy (Brookings Institution, Washington, DC)
Stephen Haggard (Political Science, UC San Diego)
Robert Wade (Sociology, Brown University)

May 13: REGIONS, SPACE, & LANDSCAPES: GEOGRAPHIC APPROACHES IN CHINA STUDIES (Organizer: C. Cindy Fan, UCLA)
Laurence J.C. Ma (University of Akron), "Ten Major Characteristics of Urban Development in China, 1949-1999"
Carolyn Cartier (University of Southern California), "Origins and Evolution of a Geographical Idea: The Macroregion in China"
Ronald Knapp (SUNY New Paltz), "Scripting Space: The Use of Words in Chinese Landscapes"
Tim Oakes (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), "Trading in Places: Globalization and New Spaces of Identity in China"
Discussants: Francesca Bray (Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara), and James Tong (UCLA)


II. Lectures, Talks, & Roundtable Discussions


Oct 14, 1999: Mark D. Elvin (Australian National University)
"The Chinese Style of Premodern Economic Development Seen in Environmental Perspective: The Case of Jiaxing"

Oct. 15: David Keightley (UC Berkeley)
"Death and the Birth of Civilizations: Ancient China and Ancient Greece"

Oct. 15: Zhang Xingrong (Yunnan Art Institute), and Li Wei (Yunnan Art Institute)
"Twenty Years of Musical Ethnography in Yunnan Province: Music, Society, & Research Among Han & Minorities Since 1980"

Oct. 18: David Keightley (UC Berkeley)
"The Science of the Ancestors: Divination, Curing, & Bronze-Casting in Late Shang China

Oct. 21: Nicholas Standaert, S.J. (Catholic University of Leuven)
"The Jesuits Did NOT Manufacture Confucianism: Jesuit and Chinese Textual Strategies in 17th-Century China"

Oct. 25: Chen Guangzhong (Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, Chinese University of Political Science & Law; Vice President of the China Law Society)
"Reform of the Criminal Law Trial Method in China"

Oct. 28: Donald Clarke (University of Washington Law School)
"Misunderstanding Chinese Law: The Lure of the 'Rule of Law' Paradigm"

Nov. 9: Kenneth W. Allen (Senior Associate, The Henry L. Stimson Center)
"China's Foreign Military Relations & Cross-Strait Military Confidence-Building Measures"

Nov. 9: Martin Kern (Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University)
"The Professionals at Work: Official Scholars and Their Texts at the Qin Imperial Court"

Nov. 17: Frankie Leung (Adjunct Professor of Law at USC and Loyola Law Schools)
"Law in China and Hong Kong: Connections and Conflicts"

Dec. 8: Jason C. Yuan (Director General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los Angeles)
"Taiwan's 'State-to-State Relations' Policy Toward Mainland China: Old Wine in New Bottles?"

Feb. 11: Lo Ch'ing (National Taiwan Normal University)
"Landscape of Iron & Steel: From Pastoralism to Postmodernism"

Feb. 24: Jean-Luc Domenach (Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques)
"On Communist Repression in China, 1949-1989"

Mar. 8: David Zweig (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
"Hungry for Linkages: Domestic Demand for Internationalization in China"

Mar. 13: A Roundtable Discussion with Mo Yan

Mar. 17: Yuan Ming (Director, Institute of Internatl Relations, Peking University)
"Taiwan's Elections: Ramifications for US-China Relations"

April 11: Daniel Fung (Former Solicitor General of Hong Kong)
"Legitimacy, Democracy, and Rule of Law: Greater China's Structural Transformation in the 21st Century"

April 17: Ryosei Kokuban (Professor of Politics, Keio University)
"An Eternal Triangle? The Japan-China- Taiwan Nexus"

May 4: Tony Saich (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
"Globalization and Governance in China"

May 8: Edward Steinfeld (International Management, MIT)
"The Latest Round of Chinese State-Owned Enterprise Reform: Last Supper or Just Another Free Lunch?"

May 9: Roundtable Discussion with Tony Saich
"The Blind Man & the Elephant: Analyzing the Local State in China"

May 22: Chen Sihe (Professor of Modern Chinese Literature, Fudan University)
"1949-1976: 'Writing With Potential' within Contemporary Chinese Literature"

May 31: Seth Faison (New York Times)
"Covering China: Does the Media Always Get It Wrong?"

June 2: Ma Rong (Peking University)
"System Reform, Migration, & Cultural Integration: Changes in a Nomad Village in Inner Mongolia"

 

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INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The SOCCIS Internalization of the Curriculum Committee is administered by Whittier College, Professor Joyce Kaufman (jkaufman@whittier.edu). The committee planned and implemented a workshop, Crossing Boundaries: Internationalizing Across Disciplines, Time and Space, an all day program held on Friday, March 5, 1999 at Whittier College. The workshop included the participation of nine institutions in the southern California region.

The objective of this workshop was for faculty and administrators from member institutions to share ways in which they have internationalized "non-traditional" disciplines. The day was structured so that there were contributions from across a range of SOCCIS institutions, from small private colleges such as Whittier, to the larger private institutions, such as USC, to the institutions in the California State system, from community colleges through the Cal State and UC schools.

The day began with comments by the keynote speaker, Dr. Vishni Bahtia, Special Assistant to the President of Washington State University and a leader in the field of international education. His comments were followed by a panel entitled "Responses to the Keynote Address." Laurien Alexandre from Antioch, Linda Anderson from CSU, Fullerton, and Val Rust from UCLA served as panelists. Each of the participants responded to Dr. Bhatia's comments from the perspective of his/her discipline or role in the institution. For example, as Dean at Antioch, Dr. Alexandre put the comments into the perspective of what she feels are the most important aspects of students' understanding of the world around them. Dr. Anderson responded from the perspective of teaching foreign language as well as study abroad, and Dr. Rust couched his remarks in light of his experiences with exchange programs.

A second panel was provided during the afternoon and focused on "Application of Ways to Infuse International Perspectives" and was designed to share the specific ways in which different member institutions internationalize "non-traditional" aspects of the curriculum. Sarah Pratt, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Letters, Arts and Science at USC described the changes in her College's curriculum in order to give students a broader international understanding. Kim Thomas, Director of the Environmental Science Program at Whittier College, discussed a new course entitled "Science and Math in Context," which draws upon contemporary examples in order to make science more real and relevant to students. Elaine Haglund, Professor of Education at CSU, Long Beach, illustrated how an international focus could be incorporated into education training. And Rosalind Raby, representing the California Colleges for International Education/California Community Colleges, talked about the many ways in which the community colleges are internationalizing their curricula.

Crossing Boundaries: Internationalizing Across Disciplines, Time and Space

Introductions and Welcome
David J. Muller, Interim Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Whittier College

Keynote Address
Dr. Vishnu N. Bhatia, Special Assistant to the President, Washington State University
Introduced by Paul Lewis, Director, Center for International Education, California State University, Long Beach

Panel I: Responses to the Keynote Address
Chair: Joyce P. Kaufman, Whittier College
Participants:
Linda Andersen, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, California State University, Fullerton
Laurien Alexandre, Dean of Academic Affairs, Antioch University
Val Rust, Director of UCLA Education Abroad Program, and Professor, Graduate School of Education, UCLA

Panel II: Applications of Ways to Infuse International
Perspectives into General Education Requirements
Chair: Dixon Johnson, University of Southern California
Participants:
Sarah Pratt, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Letters, Arts and Science, University of Southern California
Kim Thomas, Director, Environmental Science Program, Whittier College
Elaine Haglund, Professor of Social Foundations of Education, California State University, Long Beach
Rosalind Raby, California Colleges for International Education, California Community Colleges

Wrap and Conclusion

The SOCCIS Internationalization of the Curriculum Committee met subsequent to the March 1999 workshop to review the workshop evaluations and to plan for the 1999-2000 academic year. It was agreed to hold another workshop, "Evaluation and Assessment of Foreign Study Experiences." This workshop was held on Friday, March 10, 2000, at CSU Los Angeles. The approach was much the same as the 1999 workshop, with a keynote speaker and panelists responding to the ideas put forward by that speaker. However, because of the range of this particular topic, it was decided that the afternoon sessions would include four sets of discussion groups, each focusing on a different aspect of the issue. The topics were: A. Financial Implications of Foreign Study; B. Recruiting and Preparing Students to Study Off-campus; C. Studying and Working Abroad; and D. On the Return to Campus.

Evaluation and Assessment of Foreign Study Experiences: A Workshop

Friday, March 10, 2000
California State University, Los Angeles
Sponsored by: Internationalizing the Curriculum Committee - SOCCIS

Introductions and Welcome
Joyce P. Kaufman, Chair, Internationalizing the Curriculum Committee
Michael Fels, Cal State University Los Angeles

Keynote Address - Bruce LaBrack, Professor of Anthropology and Director of International Studies, University of the Pacific
Introduced by Dixon Johnson, University of Southern California

Responses to the Keynote Address
Chair: Paul Lewis, Director, Center for International Education, Cal State University Long Beach
Participants: Christine Russell, Study Abroad Director, Coast Community College District
Kazi Mamun, Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Break-out Sessions I. Financial Implications of Foreign Study
Led by Catherine Graham, Director of Financial Aid, Whittier College

II. Recruiting and Preparing Students, including Safety and Liability Issues
Led by Gary Rhodes, Director, Center for Global Education, University of Southern California

III. Working Abroad

IV. On Returning to the Campus
Led by Bruce LaBrack, Professor of Anthropology and Director of International Studies, University of the Pacific

Reports from each of the break-out groups,

Response from Carlos Manuel Haro on behalf of SOCCIS


AFRICAN STUDIES

SOCCIS co-sponsored a symposium honoring the late UCLA professor Boniface Obechere and the biennial meeting of the Liberian Studies Association, March 18-21, 1999, at CSU Northridge. The Obechere symposium was co-sponsored with the UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center, the CSUN Pan African Studies Department, and the Africana Studies Department at CSU Dominguez Hills. The primary activities of the symposium included the participation of nationally and internationally respected authors and scholars from Africa, Europe and the Middle East who made presentations on the African Diaspora. The Obechere symposium coincides with the meeting of the Liberian Studies Association that promotes interdisciplinary research on Liberia, an African state founded by freed slaves from the United States in 1848.

The Obechere symposium presentations involved scholars from institutions that are members of SOCCIS (universities in southern California) and CSU Northridge - Pan African Studies Department, administered the program.

The SOCCIS Film Library serves the international Studies faculty of consortium member institutions. Through the Film Library, instructors at member institution may borrow audiovisual learning materials without paying rental fees or handling charges. By pooling these resources, SOCCIS makes available a wide range of expensive educational materials at no cost to consortium members. Beginning 2000, SOCCIS is pleased to announce the addition of 28 videos to the Film Library, for a total of 347 videos and films in the SOCCIS collection. There are four new films on Africa being added to the collection, including "Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers", "Mandela: From Prison to President," Sudan: On the Slave Trail," and "Healers of Ghana." In addition, there are 24 videos on Brazil that are being added to the SOCCIS Latin American collection.

 

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SOCCIS COOPERATION WITH TITLE VI CENTERS

SOCCIS has cooperated with federally funded Title VI National Resource Centers, including the USC-UCLA Joint Center in East Asian Studies, the James S. Coleman African Studies Center, the Latin American Center, the Gustave E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for European and Russian Studies, and the Center for International Relations. The consortium has also benefited from cooperation with the UCLA Center for Korean Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies. In the future, SOCCIS will continue to foster collaboration with these centers and others, as well as support cooperative efforts among the institutions associated with the consortium.

SOCCIS Co-sponsored programs with Title VI National Resource Centers

Co-sponsored with the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations


April 23, 2001 Foreign and Defense Policy of the New Bush Administration
Venue: Loyola Marymount-University

This Conference was sponsored by Burkle Center for International Relations (UCLA) and the School of International Relations (USC) as part of the Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS).

Opening Remarks
Ricardo Machon, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University

Carlos Haro, SOCCIS Executive Officer, Assistant Dean, International Studies and
Overseas Programs, UCLA

Michael D. Intriligator, Director, Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA

Keynote Presentation
Michael Nacht, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
"The Bush Foreign Policy Agenda: Substance, Process, Politics"

Panel I: Foreign Policy of the New Bush Administration
Chair: Steven L. Spiegel, Associate Director, Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA

Panel:
Lois Oppenheim, University of Judaism
Thomas Plate, UCLA
Ronald Steel, University of Southern California
Seth Thompson, Loyola Marymount University

Panel II: Defense Policy of the New Bush Administration
Chair: Michael D. Intriligator, Director, Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA

Panel:
Dan Caldwell, Pepperdine University
Larry T. Caldwell, Occidental College
William Green, California State University, San Bernardino
Kristen Williams, UCLA
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December 5, 1998

The Impact of the Euro on World Politics
Venue: University of Southern California
Presenters from three institutions (one was a visiting faculty).

This conference sponsored by the Center for International Relations (UCLA), the School of International Relations (USC), the Center for European and Russian Studies (UCLA), was part of a SOCCIS series.
Presentations included:

"Fiscal and Monetary Effects of the EMU: Evidence From Existing Federal Systems," Ronald Rogowski, UCLA

"The Euro and the New International Financial Order," David Andrews, USC

"Implications of the Rise of E-Money, E-Commerce, and the Euro," Jonathan Aronson, USC

The Euro and Globalization," Deepak Lal, UCLA
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May 31, 1997

Transnationalism in World Politics
Venue: Pepperdine University
Presenters from two institutions

 

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Co-sponsored with the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies

May 3, 2002

Post-September 11th
CHALLENGES TO CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Venue: UCLA

This CERS conference, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as part of an ongoing series of cosponsored programs with the Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS), brought together scholars to discuss the spectrum of civil rights challenges facing the nations of the world in light of recent events. Significant questions addressed included the tradeoffs between a nation's security and the protection of internationally recognized civil rights, as well as international challenges to the protection of human rights.

Professor Ivan Berend
Director
Center for European and Russian Studies
Dr. Carlos Haro
Executive Officer
SOCCIS
Welcoming Comments
Director Ivan Berend
Morning Presentation
Rights, Free Movement and Borders:
Migrants in the European Union

Professor Adrian Favell
Sociology, UCLA
Recent Changes in Civil Rights in Germany
Visiting Professor Rainer Eisfeld,
Political Science, UCLA
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Civil Liberties vs. Homeland Security
Professor Scott Bowman
Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles
Women's Rights in the Middle East
Laurie Brand
International Relations
USC

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March 3, 2001

The European Union in Transition and its Relations with the United States
UCLA
Presenters from six institutions

This conference was sponsored by the Center for European and Russian Studies (UCLA) and co-sponsored by the European Union Center of California and the Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP) as part of the Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS).

OPENING REMARKS

Dr. Carlos Haro, SOCCIS Executive Officer, Assistant Dean, International Studies and Overseas Programs, UCLA

PANEL I: THE WELFARE STATE IN THE EU AND US

From Social Pacts to Deregulation? Disputing a Single Trajectory for European Welfare and Social Reform
John Agnew, UCLA Geography

The European Welfare State
Nigel Boyle, Deputy Director of California EU Center,
Director of Center of International Education Project, Claremont

The U.S. Health Care System: Lessons for the European Union
E. Richard Brown, Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and School of Public Health

The Swedish Welfare State
Johan Lilliehöök, EU Visiting Scholar at USC

LUNCH SPEAKER
Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Erato Markoullis, Ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S.

PANEL II: THE FUTURE OF THE EURO

The EU: An Historical Perspective
Ivan Berend, UCLA History

Institutional Weaknesses of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB)
David Andrews, Director of California EU Center, Scripps College

Monetary Fiscal Interaction within the EU and Differences with the US
Luisa Lambertini, UCLA Economics

The Euro: A Currency Too Far?
Greg Treverton, Senior Consultant, RAND

The Euro's Likely Effects on Policy Convergence and Economic Reform among the Member States
Ron Rogowski, UCLA Political Science

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May 3, 1997

Gender Issues in Europe: History, Literature, and Politics
Venue: California State University, Long Beach
Presenters from three institutions

FOCUS ON TWO DISTINCT SOCCIS CO-SPONSORED PROGRAMS

EXAMPLES OF COST SHARING AND INTER-INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

SOCCIS Canadian Studies Grant

SOCCIS has a small fund restricted for the support of Canadian studies projects and activities. The fund allows SOCCIS to promote Canadian studies by providing seed money for the implementation of programs that deal specifically with Canada or have a Canadian component. During 2000, SOCCIS was be able to support the Canadian studies component of the CONIC (Continental Council of Indigenous Organizations and Nations) Consortium conference, a proposal submitted by faculty representatives from Occidental College and UCLA. The participants in this four day program included representatives from native groups spanning Canada, the United States, and Latin America. A seed grant of $500 was awarded for the fourth day, one-day public conference held at UCLA on October 30: "First Nations in the New World Order: Indigenous Organizing for the New Millenium." Conference topics ranged from cultural revitalization, land struggles, and self-governance, to the impact of globalization on indigenous communities through transnational migration and international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

General Requirements

The general requirements for this Canadian studies grant are similar to the conditions for other SOCCIS small grants. All SOCCIS proposals are to incorporate the following:

  • The proposed activity should focus on a topic or theme dealing with international or foreign area studies or internationalization of the curriculum - a theme that will benefit from interdisciplinary examination.

  • The proposal should involve active participation of or co-sponsorship by two or more SOCCIS institutions, including a mix of public and private institutions.

  • The activity will take place on the campus of a sponsoring member institution and it should be open to the public. The participation of faculty from SOCCIS member institutions is a requirement; students from SOCCIS member institutions should be invited and encouraged to attend the conference.

  • If a SOCCIS small grant is provided, these funds may be used for honoraria, travel/lodging, conference facilities, and preparation of conference programs. SOCCIS funds may not be used for luncheons, dinners, or entertainment.

  • Publicity for the activity should be arranged through to Ms. Jean Roth, Editor of the ISOP newsletter, INTERCOM. The editor will assist with media coverage of the SOCCIS co-sponsored program. She can be reached at X45081, e-mail jroth@isop.ucla.edu

  • A report will be submitted to the SOCCIS Executive Office within two months of the completion of the SOCCIS co-sponsored program. The report should describe the results of the activity/conference and any measures of success that are appropriate. Copies of course syllabi, conference papers and presentations should be attached to the report.


    SOCCIS Small Grant A Year of Courses and Activities focusing on Cuba and the Circum-Caribbean

    Four SOCCIS universities, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University-San Bernardino, California State University-Los Angeles, and UCLA co-sponsored visits, lectures and performances by Cuban visiting faculty and creative artists during four academic quarters of 1999-2000. All are universities on the quarter system and able to easily arrange for visitors to participate in activities on each campus. Other SOCCIS members in our area (Loyola Marymount, Occidental, etc.) were also invited to participate in or arrange special visits by the Cuban visiting scholars.

    Representatives from two campuses visited Cuba during July 1999 to meet with officials in the Ministry of Culture and individuals whom would be invited to California during the fall and winter quarters. Cal Poly Pomona developed "Cuba Today," a two-course sequence that supports the flow of information between scholars in Cuba and their southern California colleagues and serves the broad community and student interest in regional studies. Nine Cal Poly Pomona faculty and professors from each of the other institutions worked together to plan the project. Scholars from Cuba were invited to lecture and provide seminars during the fall and winter quarters. The entire "Cuba Today" sequence spans four quarters, with student research and cultural activities in spring and on-site research by California students in Cuba during summer 2000.

    Cal Poly Pomona: The Cuba Today Course sequence at Cal Poly Pomona extended over four academic quarters from September 1999 to August 2000. The Fall course (September-December 1999) was called "Contemporary Cuba" and involved an innovative series of lectures and participatory activities focusing on Cuba's pre revolutionary and post-revolutionary economy. The course was team-taught by Cal Poly Pomona professors and visiting Cuban Scholars. Students explored the history of Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations prior to the revolution and post 1959. The course examined the role of the city, especially Havana, as well as issues around urbanism before and after the revolution. The final weeks of the course focused on Cuba's future in the era of globalization. The course also featured Cuban films and documentaries about Cuba.

    The Fall course was taught by Cal Poly Pomona Professors José Vadi, Gwen Urey, and Saul Landau. Participating scholars from Cuba were Professors Soraya Castro Marino and Lázaro Luis González Morales from the Center for the Study of the United States (CESEU) at the University of Havana, Dr. Ricardo Nuñez from the Group for the Comprehensive Development of Havana, and Dr. Julio Carránza from the UNESCO office in Havana. CSU San Bernardino professors also hosted the Cuban scholars in their classes as did faculty members from CSU, Los Angeles.

    Professor Soraya Castro gave an in depth overview of U.S.-Cuba relations. Students got a chance to see a Cuban who was not a rigid ideologue but one who exhibited a genuine desire to achieve changes that would reduce tensions and the possibility of conflict with Cuba. She visited the home of one of the students when she was invited to go there to discuss the Cuban revolution with a critical aunt of that student. Both the student and his aunt came away impressed not only with her knowledge but also with her humanity.

    Lazaro Luis Gonzales spoke about what the revolution had done for him as the son of a man who had only gone as far as the fifth grade in school. Students learned what it was like to live in the euphoria of a revolutionary process as well as what it is like to live in a country undergoing huge economic and social stresses. They learned about Cuban youth, about health practices in Cuba, about issues such as abortion in Cuba, and about the daily struggles that Cubans confront in difficult economic times. In short, the course helped to break down political and cultural barriers between the scholars and the students while emphasizing our common humanity.

    Ricardo Nuñez presented a panoramic view of the City of La Habana from an urban planning perspective. Students learned that one of the key problems that Cuba faces is the lack of a system of valuation of real estate that is accurate. Also, Cuba lacks a legal structure that would support the new moves toward the market in Cuba in what is known as "market socialism." Nuñez also gave graphic illustrations of the joys of La Habana, its rich history and architecture, as well as of the vicissitudes of daily living in the city.

    The course also helped to establish that in Cuba there are differences of opinions and great political debates that are ongoing. For example, economist Julio Carranza discussed the views of young economists who have argued for incorporating market features into the Cuban economy while maintaining the social gains of the revolution. These younger scholars have at times experienced rather harsh criticism from the more bureaucratic sectors of Cuba that resist change and adaptation. Students enrolled in the course were "walked" through nine stages of evolution of Cuban economic policy and learned about the Cuban economy in detail.

    The Winter course (Jan--March 2000) was called "Crossroads in the Caribbean: Cuban Culture, Identity, and the Arts as Intersections of Everyday Life." The course explored the relationship between Cuban culture and social transformation and examined the dialectic between art and politics. Students learned about indigenous legacies of the Caribbean as well as Cuban oral traditions, literature, film, theatre, fine arts, and music. Cal Poly Pomona lead faculty were Gail Fekete and Patricia de Freitas. The course culminated in a Fiesta African y Caribena.

    During the winter quarter, Nancy Morejon, the internationally known Cuban poet, read her poetry, lectured, and demonstrated her talents as a percussionist. Pablo Armando Fernandez, winner of Cuba's highest literary award (Premio Casa Las Americas), served as scholar in residence for the entire quarter. As was the case in the Fall quarter, these scholars were shared with sister campuses in the California State University system (Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State San Bernardino). The Cuba Program was thus able to build a community in the southern California region interested in broadening contacts with Cuba and in sustaining future scholarly exchanges.

    Over the spring quarter, students designed research projects in anticipation of the summer course, which involved travel to Cuba. The students did research in Cuba for two weeks and then completed their work when they returned to the United States. Cal Poly Pomona was able to subsidize 10 students needing assistance through a grant from the Students' Association. Dr. Jose Vadi, Coordinator of the Cal Poly Pomona Cuba Student/Faculty Exchange Program, was instrumental in organizing this crucial support for students. A total of 12 students and seven faculty and staff traveled from CPP to Cuba.

    CSU San Bernardino: CSUSB's International Institute organized a year-long, interdisciplinary Cuban program which collaborated with Cal Poly Pomona in bringing six visiting Cuban professors to campus to teach in classes with six CSUSB professors (Dr. Rosalind Bresnahan, Dr. Dan Whitaker, Dr. Alma Dizon, Dr. Rosalie Giacchino-Baker, Dr. Rafael Correa, and Dr. Mayo Toruno) in six different departments (Communications, Liberal Studies, Spanish, Education, and Economics). More than 200 CSUSB students had opportunities to interact with the Cuban professors.

    Cultural activities throughout the year helped to bring the Cuban program to life at CSUSB. During the fall quarter, Dr. Soraya Castro presented an international lecture on Cuban/U.S. relations. In the winter, the International Institute co-sponsored a live theatrical presentation of "Fresa y Chocolate" by the New York-based theater company, Repertorio Espanol; an art exhibit by the Cuban painter, Raul Cordero; and a Caribbean film festival. During the spring quarter, CSUSB' music department organized a Music of the Americas week.

    Seven CSUSB professors and seven students participated in a two-week study tour to Cuba (June 24-July 8) that included presentations by Cuban scholars, academic field trips, and opportunities to conduct research. Research projects will be completed and presented in various formats and venues during the 2000-01 academic year.

    CSUSB poled the summer program faculty and students. Feedback was good with suggestions mainly in the area of logistics. Rosalie Giacchino-Baker and Elsa Fernandez Ochoa made a presentation at the Phi Beta Delta conference last spring and submitted an article for the Phi Beta Delta journal on CSUSB's experiences in the Cuban program. Dr. Giacchino Baker will be making a presentation at the NAME Conference this fall.

    CSU Los Angeles: Faculty member Dr. Don Bray organized the Los Angeles area program. The intent was to focus extensively on the dance troop but plans were thwarted by the US refusal of visas. Nonetheless, Los Angeles had significant student and staff interest in the summer program and sent six faculty and staff and eight students (two, Cuban born, were refused visas on technicalities but will travel later in the year). Thus, the three campuses recruited 47 students, faculty and staff and sent 45 to Cuba.

    Demonstrably hundreds of students, faculty and staff benefited from the programming, co-funded by SOCCIS (ACLS was a major funded as were the universities, in the case of LA and SB, and additionally the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the case of Cal Poly Pomona). Besides the significant contribution of faculty salaries on the part of Cal Poly Pomona and CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona funded a faculty coordinator for the fall and winter quarters and the CPP International Center supported the coordinator for the spring theme quarter and staffing the overseas study component during the summer. The partner universities received extramural funding for the Working Group on Cuba. The participating institutions made arrangements for local faculty, announced the courses, and identified the academic coordinator. The SOCCIS SMALL GRANT awarded from SOCCIS helped defray costs of international and local travel for the visiting faculty from Cuba.

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    For SOCCIS Information:

    Executive Director:
    Cheryl Grills
    Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
    Loyola Marymount University
    University Hall
    1 LMU Drive, Suite 4600
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
    Phone: (310) 338-2716
    Fax: (310) 338-2704
    Email: cgrills@lmu.edu

    Communications Office:
    Dr. Gary Rhodes, Director
    Center for Global Education
    UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
    8907 Math Sciences Building,
    Box 951521
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
    Telephone: (310) 206-5376
    Email: rhodes@gseis.ucla.edu
    www.soccis.org

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