Willamette Receives a $275,000 grant for Asian Studies

Willamette University has received approximately $275,000 in a four-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation's Luce Fund for Asian Studies to hire a full-time faculty member in Chinese language and cultural studies and to develop the department of Asian Studies. Willamette will continue funding the position after the grant expires.

Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton said, "We could not be more pleased about this grant, or about the potential it represents to bring together many faculty and students in the diverse fields that comprise Asian studies. Willamette is one of 10 liberal arts colleges in the country selected for this grant in 2001. The Asian studies committee plans to have the faculty position filled for fall 2002."

Funding will also support possible program elements such as guest speakers, film series or art displays.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. With assets of about $850 million, the foundation supports programs that focus on American art, east Asia, higher education, theology, public affairs, public policy and the environment, and women in science and engineering.