Cultural study areas awarded federal grants exceeding $6 million

Aug. 13, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas—Four cultural study areas in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin have received grants totaling more than $6.7 million from the United States Department of Education under Title VI, to be used over the next three years.

The four federally funded programs include the Center for Asian Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. The centers promote the study of these world regions at the university level as well as in communities and K-12 classrooms. Each area of study received funds designating them a National Resource Center (NRC), as well as funds for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

“In today’s political and economic climate, the increase in this funding is especially important,” said Dr. Richard Lariviere, dean of the college. “It will allow us to continue teaching our students about vital aspects of these world regions including government, religion, history and culture.”

As an NRC, the centers provide significant outreach services to public schools and the community through Hemispheres, the international areas studies outreach consortium at the university. As a result of this funding Hemispheres will continue to work with Texas schools and civic organizations offering speakers, teacher workshops and seminars, and assisting businesses and media needing country-specific information and specialists.

For more information contact: Robin Gerrow, College of Liberal Arts, 512-232-2145.