Grant K. Goodman 1924-2104

Norman Owen shared news of Grant Goodman’s passing on April 6th, 2014:

“This newspaper obituary does not mention his funding (founding) of the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies, which has been important in the recognition and development of that field.  Grant was a good man, and a good friend to the Philippines and Filipinos.

In acknowledgement of all that he did for the PSG, and to let people know of his legacy with us, this was posted on the necrology guestbook:

Professor Goodman very generously endowed the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies in 1990. Administered by the Philippine Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies, seven lifetime achievement awards have been given in his name, helping build an immeasurable legacy of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines and the recognition of interdisciplinary historical studies in Asia. He will be fondly remembered as a mentor, scholar and friend.



Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act

Of interest to US-based colleagues—a bipartisan bill signed into law last March 25th allows charitable donations made to 501(c) registered organizations providing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief given as late as April 15th this year to be applied to 2013 tax returns. See HR 3771 or the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act If you already filed your taxes but want to donate and claim the deduction, the law allows you to revise your filing. In addition, if your employer has a matching donation program, your donation has the potential to be significantly increased/doubled. Worth thinking about during this American tax season, and the coming of the sweltering dry season back in the Philippines.

New officers, expanded travel fund, future conferences

Exciting news—we have a new vice chair and incoming country chair, Richard Chu (U Mass Amherst), a new recording secretary/treasurer for the PSG Travel Fund,  Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz)  and  four members of the 12-member advisory board (in alphabetical order): Nita Churchill (re-elected, UP Diliman), Alan Lumba (Harvard U), Paul Rodell (Georgia Southern U) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA). Sunny Vergara has agreed to continue managing our Google email group, and Sue Russell our unofficial Facebook page. In addition, the Southeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies approved our funding request to modestly but sustainably help expand the PSG Travel Fund for next year’s conference (AAS Chicago 2015) and to once again strengthen our partnership with ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City 2016). More details will be posted on our website/blog but please join me in thanking our colleagues in for their service and commitment to our organization—-maraming, maraming salamat!