News and Events

 


NIU Myanmar (Burma) Initiative Update

April 26, 2013
12:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University


Anniversary Film Series "The Lady" (Burma, 2011)

March 6, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Cole Hall Auditorium
Northern Illinois University
Hosted by:  NIU Southeast Asia Club and co-sponsored by the Burma Interest Group (BIG-NIU)
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International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) between NIU and Myanmar

February 24 - March 1, 2013
Yangon, Myanmar
Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies and Associate Professor, School of Art
  Northern Illinois University
Christopher McCord, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University
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"Burma Today:  The Challenges of Democracy"

February 8, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies and Associate Professor, School of Art,
   Northern Illinois University
Tharaphi Than, Professor, Foreign Language and Literature, Northern Illinois University
Thomas Rhoden, Ph.D. candidate, Northern Illinois University
Nicole Loring, M.A/Ph.D. candidate, Northern Illinois University
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
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"What Can We Learn About Burma From Varieties of Democracy Data"
Coppedge
February 7, 2013
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Coppedge, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Principal Investigator,
   Varieties of Democracy Project, Kellogg Institute
Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center
Northern Illinois University
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"The Last Amateur:  Reflecting on 50 Years of Engagement with Asia"

November 16, 2012
12:00-2:00 p.m.
David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University
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"Wat Pathumwanaram:  A Lao Cultural Transplant in Bangkok's Siam Square"Catherine Raymond

October 19, 2012"
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies, Associate Professor,
  School of Art
John Hartmann, Distinguished Teachig Professor, Foreign Language and Literature
Alan Potkin, Research Professor, Northern Illinois University
Campus Life Building Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University


"Civil Society and Human Security in Burma/Myanmar"

April 27, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Christina Fink, Professor, International Affairs, George Washington University
Campus Life Building Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
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"Mekong-Serengeti:  Hydropower Endgame for the Great Migratory Fisheries?"

March 23, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Alan Potkin, Team Leader, Digital Conservation Facility, Laos Adjunct, Center for
  Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University
Campus Life Building Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
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"Human Rights as a Form of Violence:  The Burmese Case"

speakerMarch 9, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Lisa Brooten, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radio-Television Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Campus Life Building Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
Sponsored by:  Center for Burma Studies, Burma Interest Group (BIG-NIU), and Center for Southeast Asia Studies
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"Shadows of Burma: The Politics of Identity on the Thai-Burmese Border"

speakerFebruary 3, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Shahin Aftabizadeh, M.A. candidate, Anthropology
Campus Life Building Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
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"Celebrating Creativity: Asian/Asian American Identities" NIU Foundation awards Venture grant for 2012


Catherine Raymond (Center for Burma Studies, Art History) and CSEAS associates Judy Ledgerwood (anthropology), have received a $13,000 NIU Foundation Venture Grant for their planned international Cambodian Studies Sept. 13–16 and 10th International Burma Studies conferences Oct. 5-7, 2012, cultural performances and art exhibits set for fall 2012 at NIU. The coordinated activities are a collaborative effort of the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Burma Studies, CSEAS and the Cambodia Studies Working Group, and the schools of Music and Art. The Cambodian Studies conference will be the first large international conference on Cambodia in more than a decade; the Burma Studies conference has been held biennially since 1986. Both are expected to draw scholars from around the world. Also participating in the project, entitled Celebrating Creativity: Asian/Asian American Identities, are grant co-applicants Gregory Beyer (School of Music) and Helen Nagata (School of Art), who will lead the music and art cultural programming portion of the project, including the commissioning of two original music pieces and two major art exhibitions at the Jack Olson Gallery and the NIU Art Museum.


"Skin Deep: The Global Art of Tattoos" lecture on the Art of Tattoo in Burmese Cultures

speakerNovember 18, 2011
11:45-1:30 p.m.
Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies Associate Professor, Art History
Holmes Student Center Skyroom
Northern Illinois University
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"Mainland Southeast Asia:  Museums and Heritage Sites" Fall Symposium

speakerOctober 29, 2011
8:30-4:30 p.m.
Heritage Room
Northern Illinois University

A symposium on global tourism, the desire for economic development, and ethnic or political conflicts—all are putting pressure on cultural heritage sites in mainland Southeast Asia. How are art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and museum curators addressing these competing interests?

A selected panel of experts at this one-day symposium hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University, and co-sponsored by the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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Nyunt Han, Visiting Scholar

October 1 - November 20, 2011
Northern Illinois University


Former deputy general of the Archaeological Department of Myanmar/Burma and currently a visiting scholar at SPAFA in Bangkok, Thailand, was a visiting fellow at the Center for Burma Studies from October 1 -November 20. Han, came to NIU under a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. Han came to NIU to work on the forthcoming catalog of NIU’s Burma Art Collection with Center for Burma Studies Director Catherine Raymond. While in DeKalb, he also presented Preservation and Issues in Heritage Conservation at Bagan (Burma/Myanmar)‛ at the center’s fall symposium, Mainland Southeast Asia: Museums and Heritage Sites. In his presentation about Bagan, the capital of the medieval Burmese kingdom and a center of Buddhist monasticism with more than 5,000 temples and stupas at one point in its history, Han discussed the problems of restoration and reconstruction of the area following a destructive 1975 earthquake, and the controversy over listing Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Area Studies Open House, Fall 2011

August 24, 2011
11:00-2:00 p.m.
520 College View Court
Pottenger House
Northern Illinois University

The Center for Burma Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies and Center for Latino and Latin American studies hosted an Open House. 
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"Politics, Gender, and Celebrity in the U.S. Campaign for Burma's "Burma: It Can't Wait" Campaign"

speakerMarch 11, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m..
Lisa Brooten, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radio-Television,
 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University

This talk explored the “Burma: It Can’t Wait” campaign, spearheaded by the US Campaign for Burma (USCB), which combined online and offline organizing with the draw of high profile celebrities to increase attention to the troubled Southeast Asian nation. While the USCB successfully mainstreamed their message using youth and popular culture outlets in creative new ways to promote a kind of direct action politics, by necessity, its emergence into the mainstream meant that their message echoed and reinforced the hegemonic characteristics of mainstream media. By identifying the campaign’s primary messages, we analyze how the USCB came to be recognized, according to its website, “as the most successful and effective boycott effort since the anti-apartheid struggle to end white-only rule in South Africa during the 1980s.” We will explore the gendered implications of the campaign and lessons to be learned for social movements worldwide.
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"The Curious Case of Mr. Sherlock Hare:  Race, Class, and Mental Health in British Burma"

speakerMarch 4, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m..
Trude Jacobsen, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History, Northern IL University
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University

In 1891, Sherlock Hare was classified a “criminal lunatic” and removed from British Burma. His crime involved the lease of the Cocos-Keeling Islands. Exactly how Sherlock Hare deceived the British government is never made explicit in the records; yet he was apparently so convincing in his sane moments that the captain of the Elson allowed him to disembark before reaching the Albert Dock, where asylum officials were waiting to take him into custody. The resulting embarrassment for the British government led to an inquiry into the entire procedure for European persons deemed criminally insane in the colonies. The story of Sherlock Hare – his arrest, evaluation, incarceration, and subsequent removal to England – reveals not only a great deal about Victorian perspectives toward mental health, but also the relevance of race and class in the treatment of afflicted persons in the colonies.
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NIU's Lifetime Learning Institute to hold Burma/Myanmar Study Group this Spring 

Every Wednesday in March 16 - May 4, 2011
1 - 3 p.m.
Northern Illinois University

The Institute is offering a Wednesday study group beginning March 16 to learn about the history, culture, geography, politics, international relations, and everyday life in Burma/Myanmar from faculty associates of NIU’s centers for Burma Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. “This promises to be a visually rich study group as NIU’s Southeast Asian studies faculty share their photographs, from slides taken in the 1970s to digital pictures taken as recently as December 2010,” said former CSEAS associate Arlene Neher, who is convening the group with Catherine Raymond, director of the Center for Burma Studies, professor Kenton Clymer (history), and emeritus faculty Richard Cooler, Clark Neher, and George Spencer plus several international students from Burma. group For details, contact the institute at 815-753-5200 or LASEP@niu.edu


"Reforming State Abuse in Burma: Governmental Change and Grassroots Projects"

speakerFebruary 16, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Shahin Aftabizadeh, M.A. Candidate in Anthropology
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
Sponsored by: Roger W. Smith Genocide and Human Rights Institute
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"New and Renew"

speakerJanuary 27, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies 
  and Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Art History
Olson Gallery, Jack Arends Hall
Northern Illinois University
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