MCC to host Asian studies conference in Boston.

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

The 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.

Middlesex President Carole Cowan will deliver welcoming remarks at Thursday’s opening reception. An alumna of ASDP, which is funded and sponsored by the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii Honolulu, Cowan was instrumental in founding the program and helping Middlesex become ASDP’s first regional center.

Friday’s keynote speakers include Peter Hershock, co-director of ASDP, speaking on “In Pursuit of Equity: Globalization, Higher Education and the Emerging Value of Diversity;” and Jane Portal, the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, on “First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Armyhina’s Terracotta Army.”

Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Richard Samuels, the Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose topic is “Japan’s Grand Strategy.” Lowell’s celebrated Angkor Dance Troupe will perform a selection of traditional Cambodian dances at lunch.

For a complete listing of all ASDP National Conference events and speakers, visit:

For more information, contact ASDP Conference Chairwoman Dona Cady, MCC Interim Dean of Humanities and Asian Studies Coordinator, at or 781-280-3721.