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April 2019

“Placing the Anthropocene: The Pacific Ocean in Planetary History”

April 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Brown Bag Lecture Featuring Gregory T. Cushman, Associate Professor of International Environmental History, University of Kansas Moderated by Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Columbia University In its conventional form, the Anthropocene is a Eurocentric and terracentric concept that needs to be provincialized. What might a history of the Anthropocene look like if we place the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding territories at its center? This keynote presentation will examine each of the major proposed starting points for the Anthropocene and…

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“Tibetan Literature in Translation: Pema Tseden’s Stories of Tibet”

April 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with the translators of Enticement, the first English-language anthology of short stories by Pema Tseden. About this Event Pema Tseden is Tibet’s most prestigious filmmaker and an accomplished fiction writer. Enticement: Stories of Tibet translates his stories originally written either in Tibetan or in Chinese. His writing uses a variety of literary styles and sources ranging from traditional Tibetan oral tales to magical realism, surrealism, and the theater of the absurd to speak with empathy…

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Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese responses

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Brown Bag Lecture Featuring: Speaker: Dr. Amy Searight, Senior Advisor and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Respondent: Dr. Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Moderator: Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, Professor, Seton Hall University The Trump administration has articulated a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ strategy as the new modus operandi for the United States' policy on Asia, but is it a useful organizing concept?   Please join Dr.…

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May 2019

“Labor Migration and Social Development in Contemporary China”

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Brown Bag Lecture Rachel Murphy, Professor of Chinese Development and Society and Head of School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford   Professor Murphy’s research examines transformations in China due to inter-related processes of industrialization, urbanization, demographic transition, and marketization. She has conducted in-depth longitudinal ethnography and surveys across China. Her 2002 monograph offered one of the first analyses of the impact of return migration on rural China. She has also edited several books, such as Chinese Citizenship: Views…

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