Members of the History of Art Department have recently established an endowment fund to celebrate the contributions of Professor Emerita Joanna G. Williams and to support Berkeley’s legacy in the field of South and Southeast Asian art. The Joanna G. Williams Endowment honors Joanna’s contributions to the field over the past five decades and helps ensure that the study of art from this region continues at Berkeley in the decades to come. While Joanna’s work as a scholar and advocate of the arts and culture from South and Southeast Asia has been tremendous, we want to recognize that one of Joanna’s most important contributions has been to foster the next generations of scholars.
In honor of Joanna’s commitment to her students, the Joanna G. Williams Endowment will support graduate students at Berkeley who are engaged in the study of art and visual culture from South and
Southeast Asia. The endowment will help students with their research by providing support for visits to museums, summer travel for fieldwork, language study, travel for presenting papers at conferences, and eventually academic-year fellowship support.