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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duterte’s Violent “Right” Populism in the Philippines

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics, City University of Hong Kong

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Since his election, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs. For many Filipinos, this state violence has created a sense of political order amidst weak institutions. Duterte's “right” populism shows similarities to illiberalism elsewhere in Southeast Asia but differs from “rich world” right populism represented by Trump and the European far right.

Mark Thompson

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Master of Development Practice Spring Lecture 2017: Water, Food Supply and Disease Control in Africa, Southeast Asia and California

Lecture | April 5 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Vince Resh, Professor, University of California Berkeley

 College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Discover the challenges, successes and lessons learned by one of UC Berkeley’s most preeminent proponents of local and global sustainability.

For four decades Professor Vincent Resh has brought state-of-the-art science to critical policy decisions in California and around the globe. Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Entomology, Professor Resh has published nearly 400 research articles and...   More >

Professor of Aquatic Ecology and and Entomology

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Making Fit, Pricing Air: High-Rises Explode Across Phnom Penh

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sylvia Nam, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk examines pent-up expertise and upward pressures on land prices that have generated the market dynamics leading to the expansive rollout of condominium towers in Phnom Penh. The speaker received her Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

Sylvia Nam

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Applied History And The Uses (And Misuses) Of The Past

Lecture | April 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History, Harvard Kennedy School

 Institute of International Studies

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, where he holds joint appointments in the Kennedy School of Government and the Department of History. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and...   More >

Monday, April 17, 2017

Panel discussion - A Tomb for Khun Srun

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 Eric Galmard, Director; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Siti Keo, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

A panel discussion will be held prior to the screening of the documentary film 'A Tomb for Khun Srun', chaired by Prof. Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies.

A Tomb for Khun Srun (2015, 63 mins.)

Film - Documentary: Panel Discussion | April 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Eric Galmard, Director

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

This documentary film, directed by Eric Galmard, looks at the life of Khun Srun, a brilliant Cambodian writer who joined the Khmer Rouge in 1973 only to be executed by the regime in 1978. The film aims to bring attention to his literary voice, combined with a present-day focus on his daughter, Khun Khem, the only surviving member of the family.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One Belt, One Road: Remaking Eurasia?

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China's "One Belt, One Road" is one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans of the past century. A panel of political science and economics scholars will discuss the plan, its goals, and its potential effects with delegates from the Consulate General of the PRC-SF.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism?: 8th Annual Conference on Islamophobia

Conference/Symposium | April 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia and the end of liberalism?
8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
University of California, Berkeley

April 21st – 23rd, 2017
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism?: 8th Annual Conference on Islamophobia

Conference/Symposium | April 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia and the end of liberalism?
8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
University of California, Berkeley

April 21st – 23rd, 2017
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism?: 8th Annual Conference on Islamophobia

Conference/Symposium | April 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia and the end of liberalism?
8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
University of California, Berkeley

April 21st – 23rd, 2017
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Monday, April 24, 2017

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable...   More >

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Empowering Progress: Reformism and State-building in the Philippines

Lecture | April 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 David Timberman, Visiting Scholar, Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

This presentation will examine the dynamics and outcomes of three extended efforts at social, economic and governance reform in the Philippines: 1) agrarian reform; 2) liberalization of the telecommunications sector; and 3) fiscal and budget reforms.

Friday, April 28, 2017

FORGETTING VIETNAM, a film by Trinh Minh-ha

Film - Documentary | April 28 | 5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender

Center for Race & Gender Special Film Presentation

FORGETTING VIETNAM
a film by Prof. Trinh T. Minh-ha
Gender & Women’s Studies and Rhetoric

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017
5:00 pm
Multicultural Community Center
MLK, Jr. Student Union Building, UC Berkeley
(Location is wheelchair accessible. Event organized by the CRG Arts & Humanities Initiative.)

Touching on a trauma of international...   More >

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gamelan Sari Raras: Javanese shadow play with gamelan accompaniment by Gamelan Sari Raras, featuring singer Heni Savitri

Performing Arts - Music | April 29 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Gamelan Sari Raras
Ben Brinner, co-director
Midiyanto, co-director
Javanese shadow play with gamelan accompaniment by Gamelan Sari Raras, featuring singer Heni Savitri


Gamelan Sari Raras is a performing ensemble in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of Midiyanto and Ben Brinner it includes students and former students at Berkeley as well as...   More >

 $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Buddhist Sectarianism in Burma’s Last Kingdom

Colloquium | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alexandra Kaloyanides, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The collapse of Burma’s final kingdom was devastating for the Buddhist organizations that depended on its royal sponsorship. The nineteenth-century encroachment of the British Raj crippled both the Konbaung Dynasty and its once-powerful monastic establishment, but it also created opportunities for opposition parties. One adversarial Buddhist sect, the Paramats, was particularly active between the...   More >

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Gamelan
Javanese and Balinese Gamelan Music performed by student ensembles under the direction of Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata and Lisa Gold
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular...   More >

Interpreting Communal Violence in Myanmar

Lecture | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date

 Dr. Nick Cheesman, Research Fellow, Political & Social Change, Australian National University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

From 2012 to 2014, Myanmar experienced recurrent acts of lethal violence, realised through repeated public expressions that Muslims constitute an existential threat to Buddhists. This talk will make a case for classing and analyzing the violence as “communal”. This lecture has been re-scheduled from its original March date.

Nick Cheesman

Friday, September 8, 2017

Islamic Texts Circle: Non-Muslims in the Qur'an

Workshop | September 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. RSVP to cmes@berkeley.edu to receive a copy of the texts.

 

  RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Monday, September 11, 2017

How to Write a Research Grant Proposal: Workshop for Graduate Students

Presentation | September 11 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Writing proposals for funding for research or other projects has become increasingly essential for scholars, students, administrators, artists, and non-profits. The basic requirements of a research proposal are the same, with modest variations, across disciplines, fields, and foundations. This full-day workshop will address how to develop the key components of a research proposal regardless of...   More >

 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

AIA Lecture - Beads, trade, and the emergence of complexity in ancient Southeast Asia

Lecture | September 12 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alison Carter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 AIA, San Francisco Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Around 500 BC people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation I discuss my study of beads from 12 archaeological...   More >

Friday, September 15, 2017

ORIAS Graduate Student Speakers Bureau Information Session

Information Session | September 15 | 3:15-4:30 p.m. | 510 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 ORIAS

Attention Graduate Students:

Do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? Come learn about the ORIAS Speakers Bureau and how you might share your academic interests with young audiences. Last year's participants collectively addressed almost 1000 students, from middle school to community college.

The ORIAS Speakers Bureau is now...   More >

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Modern Myanmar History and the Crisis of Community, 1948-2017

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maitrii Aung-Thwin, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This presentation questions the usefulness of interpreting Myanmar’s modern history through a democratic narrative. By examining Myanmar’s modern history as an ongoing crisis of community, we may interpret the contemporary debate over democracy as a continuation of a much older contest to define Myanmar’s identity.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Atrocities in Burma (Myanmar)

Lecture | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 134 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch

 Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Human Rights Center

Nearly half a million Rohingya have fled from Burma to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other mass atrocities. The United Nations recently called the situation “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.” Come learn about the mounting crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State from Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division and professor of international human rights...   More >

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship and Collection Treasures at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium | October 5 | 8:10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Harvey Dong, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, University of California, Berkeley; Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, University of California, Berkeley; Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Shih, Librarian for the Southeast Asia Collection, University of California, Berkeley

 Library, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Bancroft Library, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.

 Pre-registration is required. Pls. register by August 1, 2017. https://berkeleychineseoverseas.wordpress.com/register/

 

  Registration opens May 12. Register online or by calling Virginia Shih at 510-643-0850, or by emailing Virginia Shih at vshih@library.berkeley.edu by August 1.

Miscellaneous California views from the collection of Joseph A. Baird BANC PIC 1986.015:73–PIC

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Raissa Robles: “Living Dangerously: Investigative Reporting from Marcos to Duterte”

Lecture | October 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

A presentation by Raissa Robles followed by a conversation with John Temple, associate adjunct professor and director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism.

Recommended Reading:
Journalist Says Supporters Of Philippine President-Elect Threaten Her Online (NPR, June 2016)

Click here to RSVP to estimate attendance.
Seats are first come, first...   More >

 

  RSVP online by October 9.

A New Past: Hidden Narratives of the Vietnam War from the North Vietnamese

Lecture | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hai Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk will examine the motivations of some North Vietnamese fighters as derived from their personal memoirs, in particular unpublished documents collected from the battlefield by the CIA and U.S. allies. The analysis here seeks to show how personal memory may conflict or be compatible with collective memory, as well as how it may be used to shape or even reshape the stories of history.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101, Morrison Library

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

 College Writing Programs

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2017 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gamelan Sari Raras

Performing Arts - Music | October 14 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Gamelan Sari Raras
Ben Brinner, co-director
Midiyanto, co-director
Javanese gamelan concert by Gamelan Sari Raras, featuring singer Heni Savitri

Since their inception in 1976, the Department of Music’s Javanese gamelan classes have introduced over a thousand students to the musical traditions of Central Java and presented noon and evening concerts every semester in Hertz Hall. These classes...   More >

 $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Seeing Necropolitics: The Work of Death in Philippine Photographs

Lecture | October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Necropolitics is a theory about violence and the nation-state. It refers to the absolute power of the state to kill, to allow to live, or to dehumanize people. This talk will look at Filipino bodies as seen from the period of the Philippine-American War and also today, as the victims of President Duterte's drug war.

Nerissa Balce

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Afterlife of Migration: Balikbayans and the Return Economy in Contemporary Manila

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This presentation examines the role of Filipinos who return to their homeland, after living in the U.S. for several decades, in the economic development of the Philippines.

Eric Pido

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Women's Rights in Myanmar

Lecture | October 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ma Khin Lay, Founder and Director, Triangle Women's Support Group (Yangon)

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Asian Region Policy Group, Goldman School of Public Policy

Ma Khin Lay leads a women’s organization in Myanmar that has worked for women's empowerment at the grassroots level across the country. Previously, Lay was the leader of Kamaryut Women’s Wing of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Ma Khin Lay is currently in the U.S. as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Technopolitics and Empire: New Directions in Science Studies

Workshop | November 2 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Diana K. Davis, Professor, Departments of History and Geography, University of California, Davis; Jennifer Duque, Ph.D. Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Gabrielle Hecht, Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security, Professor, Department of History, Stanford University; Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma; Ashton Wesner, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

The day-long workshop will offer graduate students and faculty an opportunity to share current research and to envision new directions in science and (neo-)empire studies.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sittwe

Film - Documentary | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 175 (Booth Auditorium) | Note change in date and location

 Jeanne Hallacy, filmmaker; U Myo Win, Smile Education and Development Foundation (Yangon); Kenneth Wong, Lecturer, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Andrea Lampros, Communications Director, Human Rights Center; Eric Stover, Faculty Director, Human Rights Center

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

This event will feature the screening of a short documentary about two teenagers affected by conflict in Burma’s Rakhine state in 2012, followed by a panel discussion.

Sittwe

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music | November 15 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Ben Brinner and Midiyanto, co-directors
A concert of Javanese and Balinese gamelan music by Department of Music performers


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well...   More >

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rise of the Female Imam: Gender Reform in Islam

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Rabi'a Keeble, Founder, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley; Sherin Khankan, Imam, Mariam Mosque, Copenhagen; Amina Wadud, Research Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley

 Mairaj Syed, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a thought-provoking conversation on local and global gender reform in Islam, featuring founders of women mosques in California and Denmark and prominent scholars of Islamic studies.