Outreach for K-12 Students and Educators
Faculty and graduate students from the South Asia Center are available to present on topics of interest which satisfy New York Learning Standards for Social Studies (2-5) such as: geography, food and dress, family life, language, technology and development, folk arts and oral narrative traditions, history, religious practice, the environment, historical and contemporary political systems, the growth of India as an economic power, and migration within and from South Asia. In addition to classroom visits, we can work with teachers to design or revise lesson plans. We are particularly interested in working in rural school districts whose students may have limited experiences with South Asian cultures.
In Spring 2010, we will be focusing on Afghan culture, particularly on family life, foodways, and dress. These presentations will be led by our graduate assistant, Akbar Quraishi, who hails from Afghanistan. During the Academic Year 2010-2011, we will be organizing a series of presentations based on the Foods of South Asia, looking at the cultural importance of food and the technology and science behind agriculture in the region.
Please contact our Outreach Coordinator for more details.
In collaboration with Cornell University, we hold teacher workshops during the summer and occasionally during the school year. The goal of these workshops is to provide useful information and resources concerning South Asia and other geographical regions (East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin American and Africa) that teachers can use to create or revise lesson plans. The next workshop will be in June 2010, whose theme will be “Food.” The workshop will focus on integrating world area knowledge through the context of food customs and food production throughout the world.
Summer Workshops at Cornell:
International Studies Summer Institute for High School Teachers
Other resources available at Cornell University: