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Yale scholar to speak at NIU April 4, 5

April 2, 2014
James C. Scott

James C. Scott

Influential Yale University scholar James C. Scott, who has been described as “the last of a breed of wide-angled 20th-century social theorists … to marry the insights of social science to the broad sweep of history,” will give two public lectures at NIU this week on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5.

Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale, will present “The History and Ecology of the Irawaddy River” at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ weekly lecture at noon Friday in the Heritage Room at the Holmes Student Center. The lecture is open to all.

On Saturday, April 5, the author of “The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia” (Yale Press, 2009) and “Two Cheers for Anarchism” (Princeton University Press, 2012) will give the keynote lecture at 1 p.m. at the Southeast Asia Club’s spring student conference in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall. The title of Scott’s lecture is “The Art of Not Being Governed: State Formation and Resistance in Southeast Asia.”

The entire student conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is open to all. Twenty-four students will present papers on a wide range of Southeast Asia topics from arts and the environment to colonial legacies in morning and afternoon sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the daylong event.

Scott’s campus appearances are sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, NIU Graduate Colloquium Committee, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Burma Studies and the Burma Interest Group-NIU.

For more information, call (815) 753-1771 or email [email protected].