Friday Forum: Julia Cassaniti

“Remembering the Present: Mentality and Mental Health in Theravāda Southeast Asia” Julia Cassaniti Assistant Professor of Anthropology Washington State University This talk will discuss an ethnographically based research project on the mindfulness practices of monks, …

Friday Forum: Katherine Bowie

“Kruba Srivichai, the Saint of Northern Thailand: Exploring the Historical Context of his 1935-36 Detention” Katherine Bowie Professor of Anthropology UW-Madison Kruba Srivichai is the most famous monk in northern Thailand, yet he was also the …

Friday Forum: Keith C. Barton

“Don’t be like other countries!” Promoting national identity in Singapore schools Keith C. Barton Professor of Curriculum Studies and Social Studies Education Indiana University It’s not surprising that schools tell national stories meant to develop …

Friday Forum: Kheang Un

“Weak State and the Limits of Democratization in Cambodia, 1993-2016” Kheang Un Associate Professor of Political Science Northern Illinois University This talk analyzes the nexus of democracy and state building in Cambodia following the 1993 United …

Friday Forum: Nathan McGovern

“Buddhist Brahmans: The Royal Court Brahmans of Thailand” Nathan McGovern Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Even in the present day there is a coterie of Brahmans who perform rituals for the …

Friday Forum: Shelly Chan

“Histories that Don’t Fit: The Chinese ‘South Seas’ and its End in the Twentieth Century” Shelly Chan Assistant Professor of History UW-Madison Histories that Don’t Fit: The Chinese “South Seas” and its End in the …

Friday Forum: Thierry Cruvellier

“The Remarkable Story of the Duch Trial” Thierry Cruvellier International Journalist and Visiting Lecturer, UW-Madison Kaing Guek Eav, aka Duch, was the first senior Khmer Rouge to be tried before the Extraordinary Chambers in the …

Friday Forum: Tyrell Haberkorn

“Towards an Accounting of Late Cold War Human Rights Violations in Thailand” Tyrell Haberkorn Fellow in Political and Social Change at the Australian National University The 6 October 1976 massacre and coup first ended nearly …

Friday Forum: Viet Thanh Nguyen

The 2nd Annual Judith L. Ladinsky Lecture “Creative Criticism, or Writing as an Other” Lecture and book discussion by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen ~ Co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s Asian American Studies Program ~ …