An initiative that advances the Center’s mission in fostering dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration, this annual public lecture series presents eminent scholars who concentrate on the study of East Asia in a variety of disciplines.

2021 - 2022 Speakers

Don J. Wyatt (Middlebury College)
John M. McCardell, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Title: "Who-or What-Were the First Blacks of China?"
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021, 5 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
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Andrew F. Jones (University of California, Berkeley)
Louis B. Agassiz Professor in Chinese
Title: "Hei Ying's Pagan Love Song"
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
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Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History)
Curator of Asian Ethnology and Division Chair, Division of Anthropology
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
Title: "Comparing Gods and Things – Looking at and Beyond Korea"
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 5:00 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
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Gerald Figal (Vanderbilt University)
Professor of History and Asian Studies
Title: “The Business of Photography in Occupied Okinawa
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 5:00 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
Part of the "Rethinking 'Reversion': Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S. Fifty Years Later Anniversary Series"
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Wendy Matsumura (University of California, San Diego)
Associate Professor of History
Title: "Neocolonialism and Struggle in Okinawa from Wartime Mobilization to Reversion"
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 5:00 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
Part of the "Rethinking 'Reversion': Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S. Fifty Years Later Anniversary Series"
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Mae Ngai (Columbia University)
Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Title: "The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics"
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 5 pm (US Central Time)
Venue: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
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WHILE ALL LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  ALL LECTURES WILL TAKE PLACE IN-PERSON, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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