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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2008

Upcoming Events

IL/IN Symposium: “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989”

The year 2009 is an anniversary year of three of the most important events in modern Chinese history—the 90th anniversary of the May 4th Movement, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. In commemoration of these events, the East Asian Studies Center and its partner center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, will hold a symposium titled “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989” on February 20. During the day the symposium will take place in the Oak Room of the Indiana Memorial Union and will feature keynote speaker Perry Link (East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University), followed by panel discussions.

In the evening Ellen Johnston Laing (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan) will speak on the topic of “Art and Politics on the Eve of the Chinese Revolution” in Radio and TV 251. This lecture is part of IU’s 2009 Arts Week program, “Arts and Politics,” and is presented by Horizons of Knowledge, Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art, EASC, EALC, Department of History, Friends of Art, and the Robert and Avis Burke lecture series, Department of the History of Art.

Directly following the lecture the Department of the History of Art will hold a reception in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium at the IU Art Museum, at which time visitors will be able to view a special exhibit of Chinese socialist realist woodblock prints that the IU Art Museum has on loan in memory of John and Alice Colling. Army Captain John Colling served with the Dixie Mission, which was charged by Franklin D. Roosevelt to establish contact with the Communist forces and evaluate their effectiveness in combating the Japanese. Captain Colling traveled with the Communist Eighth Route Army and the People’s Militia where he served as the official photographer and demolitions expert. He met, conferred, and lived with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and other legendary figures of the Communist revolution. Zhou Enlai presented Captain Colling with the prints in recognition of his service to the Chinese people.

“Area Studies in the Future of Higher Education” Conference

Areas studies centers at IU will jointly present a conference titled “Area Studies in Shaping the Global Future at IU” February 26–28 to examine the role area studies play in higher education and to bring attention to IU’s strong engagement and investment in area studies. Two thousand and nine marks the 30th anniversary of EASC and the 50th anniversary of the Russian and East European Institute, events that will also be recognized at the conference.

Speakers will include Richard Miles, the current U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, Miriam Kazanjian (consultant, Coalition for International Education), and faculty from several disciplines and world regions, including Eric Hershberg (president, Latin American Studies Association), Dan Davidson (Russian, Bryn Mawr College), Stephen Hanson (Political Science, University of Washington), Ibrahim Moosa (Religion, Duke University), and Antonia Schleicher (African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison). IU faculty scheduled to participate include Michael Robinson (EALC), Richard Rubinger (EALC), and Sumit Ganguly (Political Science).

The conference will begin with a reception on Thursday evening and will continue on Friday and Saturday with panel discussions. Currently scheduled panels include: “Balance between Universalist Models and Theories in Social Science and Area Knowledge and Language,” “Reshaping Regions for Analytic Coherence,” “Place of Foreign Language Training in Area Studies,” “Area Studies and Legal and Civic Culture,” “The Appropriate Role of Area Studies in Contributing to National Security,” and “The Role of Area Studies in Shaping the Global Future at IU.”

“China in Africa” Conference

EASC and the African Studies Program will present the “China in Africa” conference on March 6–7 to examine China’s ever-increasing financial and political involvement in Africa. Confirmed speakers include journalists Howard French (senior writer, New York Times) and Adama Gaye (group corporate and governmental affairs manager, Ecobank), former ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn (Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University), and Jamie Monson (History, Carlton College).

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