Centre College stays busy year-round, and the summer of 2016 is no exception, with numerous programs and camps taking place on campus in recent and upcoming months—including the inaugural Centre Summer Language Institute (CSLI), which kicked off on June 27.
The CSLI is a five-week summer program that gives the Centre students who applied and were accepted the opportunity to immerse themselves in lesser known but important Asian languages and cultures, including Thai and Malay. The program, held on Centre’s campus, continues through July 29.
In the five weeks that CSLI students are on campus, they will reach an advanced beginning or beginning intermediate level of proficiency in their language of choice. They will also study other aspects of Asian life, including the environment and food production.
The Centre professors who established the CSLI hope the students will directly apply what they learn this summer to future Asian studies courses—including one this fall on Asia and the environment—as well as during study abroad trips to Thailand and Borneo over CentreTerm 2017 and research and internship opportunities in those countries in summer 2017.
The CSLI was made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). The $400,000 grant will be applied in parts over the next four years, with the CSLI being held once again on Centre’s campus during the summer of 2018.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
June 28, 2016