Faculty News

This year, our Farsi (Persian) students at the introductory level will use the recently released book Persian: Here and Now (Introduction to Persian) written by Reza Farokhfal as their course book. Reza Farokhfal is the instructor and coordinator of the Persian program in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations. Persian: Here and Now has been published by Mage publishers (Washington, summer 2013). Applying a communicative framework, the book provides first year students with both language and cultural proficiency and contains more than 2000 words and expressions, instructive notes and full colored illustrations. The book has been also adapted as a course book by these institutions: Stanford University, UC Irvine, and Brown University. More information can be found here: http://www.mage.com/nonfiction/persian-here-and-now.html.




This June the CU Center for Asian Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations (ALC) and the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC), successfully concluded its second Hindi-Urdu STARTALK language program. Our program, titled “STARTALK: Hindi in the Rockies,” was an intensive, three-week program that ran from June 10th to June 28th at the University of Colorado Boulder. The curriculum was designed as an intensive introduction to Hindi and Urdu, and the diverse and shared culture and history of India and Pakistan. Fifteen students attended the program from local schools, grades 9 through 12. These schools included Fairview High, Niwot High, Rocky Mountain High, Peak to Peak Charter School, East High School, Thunder Ridge Middle School, Platt Middle School, and George Washington High School.


Our program was generously funded by STARTALK, which is sponsored by the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). According to STARTALK’s team of reviewers led by Dr. Gabriela Ilieva of New York University (NYU), our “Hindi in the Rockies” program “is an exemplary program that prepares students for real-life communication. It focuses on learning language related to topics about everyday life through communicative activities embedding culture and based on geography as content.” Our program received a near perfect score from the external reviewers.


Our core instructional team included Peter Knapczyk, instructor of Hindi in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at CU; Kusum Knapczyk, a former STARTALK fellow and an instructor of Hindi in the department of Asian Languages and Civilization at CU; Shahnaz Hassan, lecturer in Urdu at the South Asia Institute, UT-Austin; Indira Walia, a Colorado secondary school teacher; and Edwige Simon of ALTEC. A team of consultants included Laura Brueck, former assistant professor of Hindi in the department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at CU; and Mark Knowles, the director of ALTEC. Two graduate students, Elizabeth Lewis and Patricia Helfenbein, and an undergraduate assistant, Marieta Bialek, provided support for our instructional team. Anna Cook, a graduate student at ALTEC, provided professional graphic design services for publicity materials. Tim Oakes, the director of CAS, was the P.I. on the program. Joanne Sakaguchi of CAS provided administrative support, and Kunga Lama, outreach coordinator at CAS, directed the program. For more information: http://cas.colorado.edu/content/startalk-hindi-rockies-was-big-success

Much of Antje Richter's research during the last several years has focused on the epistolary literature and culture of early medieval China. In 2013, her book Letters & Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China was published by University of Washington Press. It provides an introduction to personal letters and letter-writing in China from the 3rd to the 6th cent. CE, along with translations and interpretations of contemporaneous letters. More information can be found here: http://spot.colorado.edu/~richtea/research.html.






Matthias L. Richter's monograph The Embodied Text: Establishing Textual Identity in Early Chinese Manuscripts has appeared in the series Studies in the History of Chinese Texts at E.J. Brill (Leiden) in January 2013. The Embodied Text addresses the problem that the books transmitted to us as pre-imperial literature were all reconstructed in the fundamentally changed political and cultural circumstances of the early empire –– a time when not only book formats had changed but also the concept of what a text is and how it is used. Centering on the comprehensive and detailed study of a 300 BCE Chinese manuscript, this study explores significant differences between the Warring States manuscript text and its transmitted counterparts. These differences reveal the adaptation of the text to the changed political environment as well as general ideological developments. The book further demonstrates how the physical embodiment of the text in the manuscript reflects modes of textual transformation and social uses of written texts.



“The Tunisian Revolution and the Dialectics of Theatre and Reality” is an article written by Rafika Zahrouni and published by the Theater Research International journal. The article provides a glimpse of what her forthcoming dissertation “Performance of Protest in Jalila Baccar and Fadhel Jaïbi’s Theatre” attempts to explore in terms of  politics and aesthetics. This article can be found here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8929627.