<< Week of March 04 >>

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Kronos Quartet: My Lai

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Kronos Quartet’s fully-staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman explores the aftermath of My Lai—a tragic episode in the Vietman War when American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed villagers—from the perspective of the helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger’s score blends Rinde Eckert’s voice with the strings of the Kronos Quartet...   More >

 $36-68 prices subject to change

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Kronos Quartet will be presented on March 4, 2018 at 7pm in Zellerbach Hall

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: Storm Clouds Over the Western Pacific: Challenges to American Strategy in East Asia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 7 | 7-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

 Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

This year, NROTC UC Berkeley is proud to present Admiral Dennis C. Blair at the annual Nimitz Lecture Series. Admiral Blair currently serves as a director and advisors to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House....   More >

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Workshop with Dr. Stacey Sloboda

Workshop | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Shivani Sud

 Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group

Please join the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group for an upcoming workshop with Stacey Sloboda, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We will be discussing her recent co-edited volume Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art.


  RSVP by emailing Shivani Sud at shivanisud@berkeley.edu by March 5.

Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Based on research conducted during politically charged protests in Bangkok in 2010, this talk presents an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers in the city that focuses not on the sturdiness of hegemony or the ubiquity of everyday resistance but on its potential fragility and the work needed for its maintenance.

Claudio Sopranzetti

Migrants, Monks, and Monasteries: Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jack Meng-Tat Chia, UC Berkeley/National University of Singapore

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Chinese migration since the nineteenth century have led to the spread of Buddhism to maritime Southeast Asia. Recently, scholars of Buddhism and historians of Chinese religions have begun to consider the connected history of Buddhism in China and Southeast Asia, using Buddhist records, epigraphic sources, as well as oral history interviews. In this talk, Jack Chia explores the transregional...   More >

Friday, March 9, 2018

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference - Empires: Past and Present

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford Humanities Center

 424 Saint Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference
Empires: Past and Present
Friday, March 9, 2018
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street

A century after the collapse of Europe's continental empires, we are living in an age that many contemporary scholars have characterized as still dominated by these imperial legacies as well as new forms of imperial rule. This conference will explore...   More >


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Abstracting Water to Extract Minerals in Mongolia’s South Gobi Province

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 9 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Program Director, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

 Sara L. Jackson, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine has become a symbol of the promise of mining to revive Mongolia’s struggling economy and to propel the nation into a new era of prosperity. Water resources are vital to the operation of Oyu Tolgoi, which is expected to be in operation for at least thirty years. However, local residents, particularly nomadic herders, have raised concerns about the redirection of...   More >

An Intellectual History of Literati Localism, 1100-1500

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literati communities took form at the local level in the twelfth century and developed various forms of voluntary activism in areas that had once been the province of the state and religious institutions. Some Neo-Confucians encouraged this voluntarism, but generally literati continued to see themselves as members of a national elite even if they lived their lives locally. This case study of...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >