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ISLE Program Students, Faculty and Staff in Sri Lanka Reported Safe and Accounted For

Story posted December 29, 2004

Despite a rising death toll from the Indian Ocean tsunamis, reports indicate that all students, staff, and faculty associated with the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) are safe and accounted for. The director of the ISLE program, Bowdoin Lecturer in Asian Studies Sree Padma Holt, is currently in Luang Prabang, Laos with her husband, John C. Holt, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies. The couple plan to travel to Sri Lanka on Monday, January 3. According to John Holt, "…All of our ISLE Program students, faculty, and staff are accounted for, so we didn't lose anyone directly."

According to Roger R. Jackson, ISLE Faculty Board Chair and the Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts and Director of Asian Studies at Carleton College, ISLE program officials are awaiting an assessment "on the ground" from Padma Holt before "determining what impact these events may have on ISLE in 2005 and beyond."

The ISLE Program, located in Kandy, in central Sri Lanka, is a consortial program affiliated with the University of Peradeniya, and for which Bowdoin is the agency college. ISLE provides up to 24 students with the opportunity to pursue academic interests in South Asia.

Bowdoin's ISLE Program Web page contains updated information on the disaster and provides information about ongoing relief efforts, including instructions about how to make donations.

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