Outreach Mission

It is the mission of the Center for South Asia (CSA) to encourage scholarly discourse, appreciation, and understanding of South Asian cultures and issues. We are committed to providing hands-on assistance and useful materials at the local, regional and national levels. We provide access to resources for teaching about South Asia at the K-12, secondary, and post-secondary level and to the community at large. As a part of our federal mandate, all outreach services are free of charge.

We can assist teachers and community leaders in designing programs on a number of aspects of the arts, civilizations, cultures, geographies, history, and languages of South Asia. If you would like to schedule a visitor to come to your classroom to talk about South Asia, show slides, or give a lecture on various topics, please contact Rachel Weiss, CSA Outreach Director.

Teacher Workshops/Professional Development

The outreach coordinator along with CSA faculty offer teachers’ workshops, seminars, and other opportunities for learning about South Asia. Often we partner with the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium to provide professional development for educators. If you would like to be informed of such opportunities, please contact Rachel Weiss to be put on the WIOC Educator Listserv.

Films for Classroom Use

The Center for South Asia has been a leader in documentary filmmaking on South Asia, distributing the most extensive and diverse collection of documentary films on South Asia in North America. There are more than thirty documentary titles appropriate for secondary, post-secondary, and community use, a religions of South Asia lecture series, and two documentaries appropriate to the middle grades. Many have in-depth companion film guides for use by educators.

In addition to the films produced by CSA we have an extensive lending library, complete with films and books, that can be borrowed by educators.

If you would like to borrow or purchase a film for your classroom, please contact Rachel Weiss.

Outreach Director

Rachel Weiss has been with the Center for South Asia since September 2001. Rachel received a BA in Art History with a focus in Asian Art and MA in South Asian Studies in which she focused her studies on Religions of India at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rachel served as the Project Director for two Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad to India in the summer of 2003 and summer of 2005, in which she led a group of educators from the state of Wisconsin to India on a curriculum development project. Rachel coordinated a 2-week program in India and served as the co-chair for the Wisconsin Rural Leadership’s program in India (January 2008), providing a group of Wisconsin’s leaders with an in depth educational program.