ASDP Alumnus’ Musical Work Covered in Wall Street Journal (Asia Edition)

Calvert Johnson

Calvert Johnson (Photo Credit: The Santa Barbara Independent)

Calvert (Cal) Johnson (ASDP 00) is a talented musician who records and performs East Asian Organ and Harpsichord Music (mainly Japanese, South Korean, Chinese — including Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as composers from those countries who live in Europe and North America). He is the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of  Music and College Organist at Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA), where he serves as chair of the music department and teaches organ, harpsichord, sacred music, and women in music.

Cal was recently quoted in May 2011 in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (Asia Edition). The op-ed author, Lee Lawrence asks why there is so little interest in local organ composers in Japan, even though the country produces great organists. You can read the article here.

Cal was touring Japan earlier this 2001 but the tour was truncated in the wake of the March earthquake. This article was serendipitously published two days before he played a recital at Rikkyo University in Japan.


17th Annual Asian Studies Development Conference

Funded and sponsored by the East-West Center and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference is an annual event that provides an opportunity for ASDP alumni and other interested college and university faculty members to share research related to Asian cultures and societies. It also promotes sharing of strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into undergraduate humanities and social science curricula.

cambodian angkor dance troupe

(Lowell’s celebrated Angkor Dance Troupe performed traditional Cambodian dances as part of the 17th annual Asian Studies Development Program National Conference, hosted by Middlesex Community College March 24-26 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. Photo Credit: Middlesex Community College.)

The Middlesex Community College (MCC) in Lowell, Massachusetts hosted the 17th annual Asian Studies Development Program National Conference, held March 24-26, 2011, at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. Titled Asian Studies: Traditions and Transformations, the conference was co-sponsored by MCC, the Asian Studies Development Program (ASPD), and the Association of Regional Centers of Asian Studies.

Continue reading

Call for Submissions for Spring 2010 Edition of ASDP Alumni Newsletter

The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) will soon publish the Spring 2010 edition of the ASDP Alumni Newsletter.  The ASDP Alumni Newsletter is likely to include information and articles about:

  • individuals who have participated in ASDP programs;
  • events and activities occurring at colleges and universities which have participated in ASDP;
  • profiles of ASDP Alumni and ASDP Programs at local institutions;
  • interviews with members of the ASDP family;
  • a calendar of upcoming Asia-related Workshops, Seminars, and Institutes;
  • updates on East-West Center Alumni Association news and events;
  • other information relevant to ASDP Alumni.

Continue reading

East-West Center Associate Organizes Study Program in China

“Wittenberg in China: On the Silk Road” summer program (May 17 to June 17)

Past participants of "Wittenberg in China" Program

Past participants of "Wittenberg in China" Program

This month-long program offers students (students from other universities can also apply) an opportunity to explore China’s past and present through a study of the historic and contemporary Silk Road through experiential learning activities, class discussions, and site visits.

One of the program directors is Dr. Marcia Frost, Associate Professor of Economics & East Asian Studies. Dr. Frost participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute on The Silk Road through the East-West Center Asian Studies Development Program.

Continue reading