University of Chicago Receives $2M Grant from Mellon Foundation for Language Instruction

The five-year grant, “Transforming Language Instruction at the University of Chicago and Beyond,” will be led by the University of Chicago Language Center to support efforts to increase student access to less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and support language instructors through professional development.

Ramakrishnan Professorship to Support Study of Sanskrit

South Asian Languages and Civilizations scholar Gary Tubb is the inaugural appointee of  the newly announced Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professorship in Sanskrit Studies
As the University of Chicago prepares to celebrate two major anniversaries in South Asian studies, a new gift will help to ensure UChicago’s continued leadership in the study of the Indian subcontinent. The Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professorship in Sanskrit Studies, established by a $3.5 million gift from Guru and Anupama Ramakrishnan, supports a faculty member whose work focuses on the ancient classical language. Gary Tubb, professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, will be the first scholar to hold the new position.

Exhibit Features Archival Images of Persepolis

View of the eastern stairway and columns of the Apadana (Audience Hall) at Persepolis, Iran, 5th century B.C. (Courtesy of Oriental Institute)
A new exhibition at the Oriental Institute will give visitors a rare glimpse inside the ancient city of Persepolis. “Persepolis: Images of an Empire,” which opens Oct. 13, includes archival photographs and a new multimedia presentation that document an astounding imperial complex of palaces constructed by the Persian kings Darius, Xerxes and Artaxerxes I and III, who ruled between 522 and 338 B.C. in present-day southwest Iran.