Fall 2016 Lecture Series 

►All lectures take place Fridays at 12 noon in Room 100 Campus Life Building, unless otherwise noted.

►All lectures are free and open to the public.

Friday, September 2

Tiffanesha Williams, PhD Political Science candidate, University of Missouri

Lecture title: Heirlooms of the Past: Historical Statecraft and State Capacity in Post-Colonial States

Friday, September 9

Dan Slater, Political Science, University of Chicago

Lecture title: Democracy through Strength: Asia's Development & Democratization

Friday, September 16

Tharaphi Than, Foreign Languages and Literatures, NIU

Lecture title: The Language of Dissent

Friday, September 23

Laura Elder, Global Studies, St. Mary's College Notre Dame

Lecture title: Sharia Superstars, Wall Street Wolves, and Emerging Regimes in Islamic Finance

Friday, September 30

Paul Edelman (Sauk Valley), Willie Morris (Harper), Kathleen Westman (Waubonsee)

Lecture title: 2016 Community College Study Tour to Cambodia Reflections

Friday, October 7

Heather MacLachlan, Ethnomusicology, University of Dayton

Lecture title: Contemporary Issues in Burmese Popular Music

Friday, October 14

Hai-Dang Phan, Grinnell College

Lecture title: Saigon, Wisconsin: Vietnamese American Poetry after Vietnam

Friday, October 21*     

Tom Pepinsky, Political Science, Cornell University

Lecture title: The Origins of Ethnic Orders: Institutional Emergence in Authoritarian Malaysia       

Friday, October 28**

Mark Padoongpatt, Interdisciplinary Programs, University of Nevada

Lecture title: Dispatches from Thai America: Bridging Thai and Thai American Studies

Friday, November 4

Laura Yoder, Environmental Studies, Wheaton College

Lecture title: State Visions of Mega-Development in Timor-Leste

Friday, November 11

Thomas Rhoden, PhD candidate Political Science, NIU

Lecture title: Burmese Diaspora in Thailand: Refuge and Labor

Friday, November 18*** 

Catherine Raymond, Center for Burma Studies, and Ma Sandar Wynn, University Libraries, NIU

Lecture title: Lepeyet and Palata: Exploring Burmese Culinary Traditions

*LOCATION CHANGE: Sky Room, HSC. No Indonesian lunch 

**LOCATION CHANGE: Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center (no Indonesian lunch)

***LOCATION CHANGE: Altgeld 125. Taste Burmese food at this lecture (no Indonesian lunch)