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Religion and Culture in the Postcolonial City

Lahore, Pakistan | June 8-22, 2019


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About the Award

CAORC recognizes the immediate and growing need for professors at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to their students. These administrators and faculty understand the value of developing “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.


To support community colleges and minority-serving institutions, CAORC offers innovative, cost-effective programming that helps faculty and administrators gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop and improve international curricula. This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in Pakistan, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop in Lahore, the country’s second largest city.

Round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals will be provided for the seminar.

Seminar Overview: "Religion and Culture in the Postcolonial City"

Security studies, religious studies, urban studies, cultural studies, and history all have various interests in and viewpoints on Pakistan. This seminar, organized by CAORC and its member center in Pakistan, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, seeks to add nuance and context to these understandings by providing participants with firsthand experiences of various cultural sites and practices in Lahore, including its medieval walled city and its colonial architectural landmarks, as well as facilitating meetings with local scholars, artists, and others. Through encountering Lahore’s urban geography, participants will glimpse how religious diversity, political struggle, and cultural expression fold into each other in this ancient city of over ten million people.

Eligibility and Program Expectations

Participants must be faculty members or administrators of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar.

Both full-time and part-time faculty may apply. At the conclusion of the program, participants must have developed either a proposal for a new or improved course related to Pakistan and/or provide improved student access to study abroad opportunities or virtual exchanges. In addition, participants must demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of Pakistan on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education or the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.


Please have application statements, CV, and letter of recommendation prepared prior to completing this form.

Applications for this program are now closed.

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