Fall 2016 Newsletter – Dr. Falcone

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Cultural Anthropology professor, Jessica Falcone, received an NEH Faculty Development Grant to fund participation in “Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions, and Transformations” (a 5-week Asian Studies Development Program Summer Institute at the East-West Center in Honolulu) in the summer of 2015. The NEH grant provided for a very educational and productive summer, which enabled her to prepare an Asian Religions syllabus for our K-State students in Spring 2016. While at the East-West Center, she used the University of Hawai’i archives to start work on her next research project on Japanese-American Buddhist practices in Hawai’i. She subsequently received permission to begin research at the Zen center in Kona; after the Institute, she flew to Kona and did preliminary research at the Daifukuji Soto Mission to get the ball rolling. In March 2016, she returned for a short 10-day fieldwork stint to observe a unique annual pilgrimage ritual (known as sunafumi), in which a Japanese pilgrimage route in the homeland was replicated in miniature in the temple in Hawai’i. She will continue her work on this project during a lengthy fieldwork period on sabbatical in Spring 2017.

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