Discover Southeast Asia at NIU

See calendar for exhibits, films, performances and more

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies' 50th anniversary exhibit “Rarely Seen Southeast Asia,” features such pieces as this mid-20th century Cambodian silver box in lion form. The exhibit will open Oct. 11, at The Anthropology Museum and is one of a number of upcoming campus events related to Southeast Asia this year.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ 50th anniversary exhibit “Rarely Seen Southeast Asia” features such pieces as this mid-20th century Cambodian silver box in lion form.

NIU’s first international Cambodia Studies Conference, scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16, tops a Center for Southeast Asian Studies calendar of special Southeast Asia-related events set to take place on campus throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

The calendar lists conferences, exhibits, films, lectures, performances and several events organized around the center’s 50th anniversary in 2013, most of them free and open to the public.

CSEAS was founded as an interdisciplinary center at NIU in 1963 to study and teach about the region, which now includes eleven countries: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Through CSEAS, a Title VI National Resource Center since 1997, undergraduates can earn a minor or contract major in Southeast Asian Studies while graduate students can add a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies to their field. NIU currently offers six of the seven major Southeast Asian languages, more than any other U.S. institution.

“This year presents a unique opportunity for NIU faculty and students to experience Southeast Asia from music, dance and art to film and lectures on the region,” said CSEAS Director Judy Ledgerwood, an anthropologist who specializes in Cambodia.

Check the CSEAS website for updated times, dates and additional activities. For other information, contact the center at cseas@niu.edu or any of the listed sponsors.

CONFERENCES

  • Imagining Cambodia: Cambodia Studies Conference 2012 / Sept. 13 to 16. Hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center and other campus locations; registration required.
  • International Burma Studies Conference / Oct. 5 to 7. Hosted by the Center for Burma Studies at Altgeld Hall and other campus locations; registration required.
  • Spring Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference / April 13. Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Club. Keynote speaker: Allen Hicken, University of Michigan political scientist.  Altgeld Hall 315, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bronze drum (Burma/Mayanmar), NIU Burma Art Collection

Bronze drum (Burma/Mayanmar), NIU Burma Art Collection

EXHIBITS

  • Music for the Divine / through Nov. 17. Musical instruments and traditions of Burma. NIU Art Museum, Altgeld Hall (public reception, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13) Part of Celebrating Creativity: Asian/Asian-American Identities Project offered in conjunction with the Cambodia Studies and the International Burma Studies conferences at NIU
  • Current Views and Actions / through Nov. 17. Contemporary photography and performance documentation from Phnom Penh, featuring work by Cambodia artists Khvay Samnang and Lim Sokchanlina NIU Art Museum, South Gallery, Altgeld Hall (public reception, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Sept. 13)
  • Karen: A People on the Border / through Nov. 17. Documentary photography by Robert Gerhardt. NIU Art Museum, North Gallery and Theatre, Altgeld Hall (public reception, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13)
  • Transnational Identity: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia / through Nov. 17 Performing art forms typical of Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Laotian and Thai cultures. NIU Art Museum, Hallcase Gallery, Altgeld Hall.
  • The Arts Converge / Tuesday, Sept. 4, though Friday, Oct. 12. Contemporary transformations of Asian musical traditions with visual and performance art. Jack Olson Gallery, NIU School of Art (public reception, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13)
  • Rarely Seen Southeast Asia: Art, Artifact, Ephemera / Oct. 11 through May 15. Curated by Richard Cooler, faculty emeritus, The Anthropology Museum, Fay-Cooper Cole Hall (public reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11)
  • 50 Years of CSEAS and the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection / Feb. 4 through March 30. Curated by Hao Phan. Founders Memorial Library (public reception, 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Rare Book Room)

Film poster for “Lost Loves”FILMS

  • Southeast Asia Short Documentaries/ through Nov. 17. NIU Art Museum, Altgeld Hall Showings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and at 1:15 p.m. Saturday
    • Aug. 28 to Sept. 1: Hanoi Eclipse (music of Dai Lam Linh, 2010)
    • Sept. 4 to 8: Seasons of Migration (choreography of Sophiline Cheam-Shapiro, 2005)
    • Sept. 11 to 15: Seeing Siem Reap (Angkor dance and photo workshops, 2012)
    • Sept. 18 to 25: Blue Collar and Buddha (Laotian refugees in Rockford, 1986/2007)
    • Sept. 25 to 29: Between Two Worlds (Hmong refugees in Dundee, 2007) Oct. 2–6: Burmese Dreaming (life on the Burma border, 2010)
    • Films repeat in weekly sequence through Nov. 17
  • CSEAS Anniversary Film Series/ September through March. Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Club
    • Sept. 14: Lost Loves (Cambodia, 2010), 8 p.m., Room 100, Fay-Cooper Cole Hall, with discussion by filmmaker Chhay Bora. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Colloquium
    • Oct. 25: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (U.S., 2012), 7 p.m., Room 100, Fay-Cooper Cole Hall, with discussion by film maker Leo Chiang. Co-sponsored by Department of Political Science.
    • Nov. 1: Southeast Asia horror film, 7 p.m., Room 100, Campus Life Building, with discussion afterward.
    • Spring films to come.
  • They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain / Oct. 5 Critically acclaimed short documentary (U.S., 2011), with discussion by film maker Robert Lieberman 8:30 p.m., Carl Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center Sponsored by the Center for Burma Studies and the Burma Interest Group-NIU

LECTURES

  • Weekly CSEAS Friday Lecture Series / Sept. 7 to April 19. Noon Fridays, Room 110, Campus Life Building (subject to change). Schedule on CSEAS website, www.cseas.niu.edu
  • CSEAS 50th Anniversary Fall Lecture / Nov. 16 David Steinberg, Georgetown University professor of Asian Studies International Education Luncheon Program. Noon, Sky Room, Holmes Student Center. Co-sponsored by the Division of International Programs.
  • CSEAS 50th Anniversary Spring Lecture. Date and time TBA.
Mabel Kwan

Mabel Kwan

PERFORMANCES

  • Music of Cambodian-American Composer Chinary Ung / Saturday, Sept. 15. Performed by Susan Ung, viola; Stacey Fraser, voice; Jocelyn Hua-Chen Chang, piano; Gregory Beyer, percussion; Mabel Kwan, piano; Chris Wild, cello. 8 p.m. Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the School of Music.
  • Thai dance and music / Thursday, Sept. 20. Performed by students from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. 8 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Co-sponsored by Division of International Programs and NIU School of Music.
  • Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) / TBA. Selections from the Filipino opera adapted by Felipe de Leon from the Jose Rizal novel by the same name performed by Da Corneto Opera artists and readings from the original novel.
  • A Celebration of Southeast Asian Performing Arts / March 2. Traditional and contemporary artists perform in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, followed by dessert reception 8 p.m. Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Co-sponsored by the President’s Office, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and NIU School of Music.

SPECIAL EVENT

  • CSEAS 50th Anniversary Open House / March 5. Refreshment and remembrances 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pottenger House, 520 College View Court.

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