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Luce Fund for Asian Studies Capstone Conference

From October 12 to 14, 2007, the Foundation organized a Capstone Conference for the Luce Fund for Asian Studies (LFAS) in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Twenty-seven LFAS professors joined program staff from the Foundation and ACLS in Princeton, New Jersey, for a series of plenary and breakout sessions on topics including the role of area studies in liberal education, the relationship between teaching and research in career planning, and student expectations. The gathering presented an opportunity for a new generation of Asian studies scholars to share resources and approaches to teaching about Asia in the context of the liberal arts. The Conference also aided the Foundation in assessing the impact of the four-year LFAS initiative and in future planning. A published volume of essays resulting from the conversations, intended as a resource for scholars and administrators, is being planned. Further information about the Conference is available on the ACLS website ( under the Programs & Initiatives tab.

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