Joining Worlds

Questions about In-Asia Study Grants? Drop by Shansi House!

Oberlin Shansi House is Owned by Oberlin Shansi

Are you brainstorming your summer project proposal in Asia? Do you have a plan, but need to add a little definition and direction to your proposal? Swing by Shansi House to talk with Ricardo Barrios and Sophie Grimes about your proposal. The door to Shansi house will be open so come on in, say hi, and share a cup of tea with us.  We will have two workshop sessions:

Wednesday February 12th, 6:30 p.m.

and

March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

And in case you haven’t been to Shansi house before, let’s take a tiny tour together! Our address is 58 E. College in Oberlin. We are just across the street from Slow Train Cafe. Shansi house is used for a variety of campus events, such as Fellowship orientation sessions and dumpling parties. But more importantly, Shansi House is the home of Oberlin Shansi visiting scholars. Every semester, we host scholars from our partner sites in China, India and Indonesia. We also host other more short-term visitors like Aimee Lee, who was here for the month of January teaching a paper-making course.

On the first floor of Shansi House there is a living room, and a large meeting space, a kitchen and an office. There are many posters from past Shansi events lining the walls and the stairways, and in the living room, you’ll find this portrait of Lydia Lord Davis, who was an important part of Oberlin Shansi history. If you are interested in learning about Shansi’s beginnings (they go back to about 1881), you can start by reading some of Lydia Lord Davis’ letters.

Oberlin Shansi House has a rich history

A portrait of Lydia Lord Davis in the Shansi House living room

 

A bit of art on the walls of Shansi House

A bit of art on the walls of Shansi House

 

Oberlin Shansi has a house!

Reading nook on the first floor of Shansi House

But wait, there’s more! On the second floor of Shansi House, there are five bedrooms and two kitchens. That’s where the visiting scholars live and spend most of their time. The returned fellow, who is appointed by Shansi for the year after completing a Shansi Fellowship, lives on the third floor. And yes, in case you were wondering, the third floor also has a kitchen.

Visiting Scholars Mona and Renjuan share a meal together

Visiting Scholars Mona and Renjuan share a meal together on the second floor

Returned Fellow, Ricardo and Visiting Scholar, Harri hanging out in Shansi House

Returned Fellow, Ricardo and Visiting Scholar, Harri hanging out in Shansi House

Now that you know a little more about Shansi house, drop by! It’s an inspiring place to work on your In-Asia Grant proposal, and to meet new friends from near and far.