The Division of Regional and Thematic Studies (DRS), a division within the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, celebrated its first-ever gala reception at the Pardee School on Sept. 17.
“Welcome to the first of its kind event, the first time we are gathered together as a division,” said Tim Longman, Chair of the Council of Directors of the DRS, who emceed the reception. “The goal of the Pardee School has always been to facilitate conversations on global affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective, and that’s what the DRS is all about.”
Joining Longman in greeting assembled faculty and friends of the DRS was Bill Grimes, Associate Dean of the Pardee School.
“Language and culture has always been a crucial component of area studies,” Grimes said. “These Centers are a fantastic way to bring these and other components together to foster an indepth understanding of regions and thematic issues.
The DRS consists of the African Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Latin American Studies program, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, the Middle East and North Africa Studies program, and the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs.
Directors of many of the centers were also on hand to share their goals and accomplishments, including Catherine Yeh of the Center for the Study of Asia, Betty Anderson of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Robert Hefner of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, and Vivien Schmidt of the Center for the Study of Europe.
The DRS fosters collaboration between researchers and schedules events of scholarly and cultural interest during the year.