Kahin Center

In 1992, four years after his retirement, Cornell University inaugurated the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, at 640 Stewart Avenue, in what was once the mansion of Ithaca’s prominent Treman family. George’s wry words on the occasion will be fondly remembered by all that attended the event. He noted that according to Parkinson’s Law the grander the building, the less serious the work done inside it. He urged all the students to make sure that, in this instance at least, Parkinson be proven wrong. ~ Benedict Anderson

Kahin Center Use

The Kahin Center is available for Cornell-related events, such as receptions, committee meetings, student organization functions, etc. Priority is given to SEAP, Asian Studies, and other area studies programs of The Einaudi Center for International Studies.



Kahin Archive

As a resource to Southeast Asian specialists and to the greater Cornell University community, the Kahin Center archives Southeast Asian theses, videos, maps, and many monographs.



Architectural History

The George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia is located in the handsome and historic "Treman House." The house was built by Robert Henry Treman, the son of an enterprising local family and the first member of that family to attend Cornell University and be elected to its board of trustees. This historic house is home to SEAP graduate students, visiting fellows and scholars, faculty members, and SEAP's Publication and Outreach offices. Click the link for more architectural history, a taste of the Southeast Asian art and artifacts housed at the Kahin Center or for a virtual tour of the Kahin Center.