Barbour Scholarship Recipients for 1932-1933. The Barbour Scholarships were created by Levi L. Barbour to bring "Oriental women to the University of Michigan where they could receive formal education which would be of benefit to both themselves and their native land".

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States.  The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) is pleased to be the recipient of a $196,000 grant to host a Summer Institute.

"Rethinking Area Studies Through the Modern Asian Novel" is a Summer Institute for College and University teachers that will be held June 11 – July 8, 2017 on the Ann Arbor campus.  Participants will read three novels:  José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), published in 1887, Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro (The Heart of Things), published in 1914, and Rabindranath Tagore’s Ghare Baire (The Home and the World), published in 1916.  It will also explore new approaches for the undergraduate classroom in a collaborative environment.

For more information on the institute please visit the website at