Events


FEB
22
Date:
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells B135
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Come to the CeLTA space to practice your language skills and meet new people. This is an informal, low-pressure atmosphere where you can speak in the target language, ask questions, and learn more about culture. This conversation hour occurs every Thursday of the Spring 2018 Semester. 

Date:
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Main Library Green Room
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) (graphic novel) by Riad Sattouf, led by Dr. Emine Evered, Associate Professor of History. Part of the MSU Comics Forum

FEB
23
Date:
Friday, 23 Feb 2018
Time:
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells B135
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Come to the CeLTA space to practice your language skills and meet new people. This is an informal, low-pressure atmosphere where you can speak in the target language, ask questions, and learn more about culture. This conversation hour occurs every Friday of the Spring 2018 Semester. 

FEB
27
Date:
Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak the language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environment with the Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Arabic Program. 

MAR
1
Date:
Thursday, 01 Mar 2018
Time:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:
2nd Floor Atrium in Wells Hall
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Come join us for an hour of fun activities and conversation in Korean. All levels (beginners to advanced) are welcome! Free and open to the public! The topic will be Learning Calligraphy and Hanbok Paper Folding. 

MAR
6
Date:
Tuesday, 06 Mar 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak the language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environment with the Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Arabic Program. 

MAR
12
Date:
Monday, 12 Mar 2018
Time:
10:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The idea of a hell for women arose in Song-dynasty (960-1279) China with the advent of the Blood Pond Hell, a place where women would be posthumously punished for offending the gods with the blood of menstruation and childbirth. Buddhists and Daoists performed rituals to save women from this fate, and such rites are still performed in parts of mainland China and Taiwan. One text used for these rites in modern Taiwan is the Precious Blood Bowl Repentance, which discusses the female body in extremely negative terms. This talk examines how the image of the female body in the Precious Blood Bowl Repentance relates to understandings of female bodies in modern Taiwanese religion more broadly.
 
Megan Bryson is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on Buddhism and local religion in the Dali region of southwest China as well as the themes of gender and ethnicity in Chinese religions. Professor Bryson has published several articles on these topics in journals such as Asian Ethnology, Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her monograph Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. She spent the 2016-17 academic year on an ACLS fellowship to work on a new project on Buddhist networks in the Dali Kingdom.

 

MAR
13
Date:
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak the language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environment with the Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Arabic Program. 

Date:
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The Asian Studies Center and Peace and Justice Studies present the Genocide and Politicide in Asia Colloquium, which deepens our knowledge of Southeast Asia as a region from transnational perspectives by bringing outstanding scholars from around the world to the Michigan State University campus in spring 2018. Through lectures based on their cutting-edge research, these scholars will illustrate innovative ways to understand history, culture, society, as well as religion in Southeast Asia beyond national and regional boundaries. Lead by Bradley Simpson, University of Connecticut. 

Brad Simpson is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Connecticut, and the author of Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S. - Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968 (Stanford 2008) which explores the intersection of anti-Communism and development thinking in shaping U.S. Indonesian relations. He is founder and director of the Indonesia and East Timor Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, which has declassified thousands of pages of classified U.S. documents on Indonesia and human rights. Simpson is currently writing a global history of the idea of self-determination and an international history of the authoritarian rule in Indonesia.
Date:
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Main Library Green Room
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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This Muslim American Life (essays) by Moustafa Bayoumi, led by Leila Tarakji, PhD candidate, Department of English. Co-sponsored by Truth Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing