Program Details

The bull Nandi, approx. 1400–1500. Southern India; former kingdom of Vijayanagara. Granite. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of the Atholl McBean Foundation, B68S3. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

What can you expect each day of the program?

Our goal is that participants leave this program confident of their ability to bring this information into their classrooms and able to share their knowledge with colleagues. To that end, we've planned a week that incorporates a mix of independent learning, presentations, and very interactive learning by participants. 

The program will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, with an hour for lunch and short breaks at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Participants will need to arrive each morning having completed the pre-reading for the day so they are prepared to fully engage with presenters and their colleagues, and so they can complete project work.

Each day will include presentations by scholars, an art analysis session, and at least one facilitated discussion period during which participants will be asked to synthesize their learning from readings and presentations. At the end of each day, participants will heavily annotate images for the day as they work to build a portfolio of teaching materials.

Reading and Preparation

Participants will be expected to complete preparatory work prior to each day of the seminar.

Readings will include articles, plus pages from two books. Participants may opt to receive the books by mail ahead of time.

Reading will be limited to approximately 50 pages per night.

Other preparatory materials will include optional video and podcast selections.

Participant Project

Each participant will work to produce a heavily annotated portfolio of images, using art pieces featured each day of the program. This process will require close reading, selection and explication of relevant passages from written texts, analysis of visual images, synthesis of information from lectures, and discussion with fellow participants.

Worktime is allocated for this project at the end of each day. Because of the collaborative nature of the work, participants will be expected to remain with the group as they complete this work.


five people walking in a line with very expressive faces


Date: July 11, 2022

Location: University of San Diego

Focus: Ancient South Asia, ca. 3rd century BCE-1000 CE

Presenters: Sugata Ray (Program Introduction) & Tamara Sears

partly overgrown ruins of several very ornate stone buildings


Date: July 12, 2022

Location: University of San Diego

Focus: Medieval South Asia, ca. 1000 CE-1500 CE

Presenters: Cynthia Talbot & Sugata Ray

One man presents another man with a jewel, while others look on.


Date: July 13, 2022

Location: University of San Diego

Focus: Early Modern South Asia, ca. 1500 CE-1800 CE

Presenters: Audrey Truschke & Marika Sardar

man and woman facing each other, man handing something to woman


Date: July 14, 2022

Location: San Diego Museum of Art

Focus: Close Looking and Active Learning at the San Diego Museum of Art

Presenters: Marika Sardar & Ladan Akbarnia

five people sit in a boat, two paddling the boat, fish underneath


Date: July 14, 2022

Location: University of San Diego

Focus: Modern South Asia, ca. 1800 CE-present

Presenters: Sugata Ray & Anand V. Taneja

beast-man with horns and claws shoves a whole animal in his mouth

Friday Evening Group Dinner

We'll celebrate the week with by taking program participants to dinner at a local restaurant! We hope you are able to arrange your travel so you can join us.

Professional Development Credits

University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education offers 3 graduate level extension units at the total cost of $237.

Interested teachers must register before July 22, 2022, to course EDC-X778T.