Friday Forum Lecture Series

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes a weekly lecture forum on Southeast Asia. A wide range of topics are presented by invited guest lecturers from the U.S. and abroad, as well as by UW-Madison faculty, graduate students, and community members. Lectures are every Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, and alumni, friends, and the public are always invited to attend.

Currently, the Fall 2021 Friday Forum Series format will be primarily in-person. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is closely following all Dane County and UW-Madison guidance regarding Covid-19, and will provide ongoing updates on this page. Recordings of lectures will be available dependent on speaker preference, find them on our Youtube here. Live-stream options may also be available; more information coming soon.


Fall 2021 Friday Forum Series


Visit our Events Calendar for more information on each talk.


September 10
– Thongchai Winichakul (Emeritus, UW-Madison) | The Misunderstood Foundation of Modern Thai Jurisprudence

September 17 – Mark P. Bradley (University of Chicago), Alfred W. McCoy (UW-Madison), and Monica Kim (UW-Madison) | The Forever Wars in Asia: A Roundtable Discussion on Marilyn B. Young and American Intervention Overseas

September 24 – Julie Chernov Hwang (Goucher College) | How They Join: Understanding Entry into Islamist Extremism in Indonesia and the Philippines

October 1  – Mai Elliott (pen name: Duong Van Mai Elliott – Author, Pulitzer Prize Nominee) | Saigon 1975 and Kabul 2021: History Repeating Itself?
*2021 Judith L. Ladinsky Lecture, NOW VIRTUAL. Click here for live Zoom link (no pre-registration required).

October 8 – Li-Ching Ho (UW-Madison) | Curriculum for Justice and Harmony: Deliberation, Knowledge, and Action in Social and Civic Education

October 15 – Praopan Pratoomchat (UW-Superior) | Inequality, COVID-19, and Thailand’s Youth Democracy Movement

October 22 – Maryann Bylander (Lewis and Clark College) | Safe, Regular, Orderly: The Spectacle of Safe Migration in Southeast Asia

October 29 – Leslie Castro-Woodhouse (Origami Editorial Founder) | Of Concubines and Crypto-Colonialism: Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand

November 5 – Claire-Marie Hefner (Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research) | Morality, Religious Authority, and the Digital Edge: Indonesian Muslim School Girls Online

November 12 – Mark John Sanchez | Religious Human Rights in the Philippines under Marcos and Martial Law, 1972-1986 (Vanderbilt University)

November 19 – Roger Polack | The Myanmar Coup: Assessing Crimes against Humanity and the International Community’s Response (Yale Law School)

December 3 – Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez (University of California, Santa Cruz) | Sinopsis de familias y géneros de plantas leñosas de Filipinas (1883): The Art of Scientific Statecraft

December 10 – Hjorleifur Jonsson (Arizona State University) | Thai-plus: Sensing Gender on Thailand’s Ethnic Frontiers