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January 2015

The Resource-Conflict Nexus: Opium and Insurgency in the Shan State of Burma

Friday January 30, 2015
12:00 - 1:20 PM
Gowen 1A (Olson Room)

John Buchanan, Political Science Ph.D. student and discussant Vanessa Quince, Ph.D. student

Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, Center for Global Studies, and Dep't of Political Science

Please join us for a timely and interesting talk on Opium and Insurgency. The University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) is the only academic colloquium devoted to international security in the Pacific Northwest. The Colloquium is interdisciplinary and open to the public and sponsors seven to nine domestic and international speakers, as well as speakers from UW faculty and students. 

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Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources

Friday January 30, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

Stevan Harrell, Professor UW Anthropology and UW Environmental and Forest Sciences and Michael Garrity, Director of American Rivers, Mina Girgis (Nile Project Founder) and select musicians.

UW World Series and Center for Global Studies, JSIS

 Human life depends on the availability and quality of water to sustain our health, grow our food, power our homes with electricity and stimulate our economies. However, due to overpopulation, increased demand for food, climate change and pollution, as much as two-thirds of the world’s citizens may face water-stressed conditions severely impacting the living and economic conditions of communities, countries and regions by 2025. Without water, we cannot survive. How can we, as individuals, become more involved in the management of this precious and limited resource?

The Nile Project was founded in response to this question
Join us at 6 pm prior to The Nile Project's performance at Meany Hall on Friday, January 30 for a special pre-show panel discussion with Steven HarrellMichael Garrity, Nile Project founder Mina Girgis and select musicians. The panel will explore how innovative civic engagement strategies can create a common understanding between competing interests, and what are key challenges to implementing strategies across continents and cultures.   Note: This pre-show panel discussion is open to ticket holders only.  When ordering tickets use promo code UWWSNILE for 25% off. Tickets regularly $40.00 will be $30.00 and UW student tickets are $10.00.  Subject to availability.

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The Nile Project

Friday January 30, 2015
8:00 PM
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

UW World Series


Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Egyptian musicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero created their own, localized concert experience to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world’s longest river. Now touring, the Nile Project Brings together forward-thinking musicians from the 11 countries across the Nile Basin, channeling the unsung beauty of East African traditions to create the new sound of a shared Nile identity. In the collective’s collaborative compositions, resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river have learned new musical modes, combining the polyrhythmic styles of Lake Victoria and the pointed melodies of the Ethiopian highlands with the rich modal traditions of Egypt, and Sudan, that support vocals in more than ten languages.

For tickets, contact or call 206 543-4880. Tickets are $40.00 ($30.00 with promocode uwwsnile). UW student tickets $10.00. All tickets and seats subject to availability.

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"Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town" - PBS Documentary Viewing and Cultural Presentations

Friday January 30, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King Street, Seattle

Southeast Asia Center, All Students Count Act, SEAe3d

Southeast Asia Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Please RSVP for this film screening and cultural event. The evening will include cultural performances by UW Lecturer Luoth Yin, the Lao Heritage Foundation, and a Vietnamese hip-hop group. Local students will share stories about the importance of disaggregate data.

Food will be provided!

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February 2015

Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Wednesday February 11, 2015
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Great Hall at Greenlake, 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Kathie Friedman , Associate Professor of International Studies,JSISUW and Rita Zawaideh, founder of Salaam Cultural Museum

World Affairs Council and Center for Global Studies, JSIS

Since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes with over 3 million taking refuge in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. After nearly four years of conflict, what are the current challenges facing the displaced Syrian people, half of whom are children?

First, educators will hear from Dr. Kathie Friedman, Associate Professor of International Studies at UW, on the gaps in protection for forced migrants in the region. With little opportunity for income-generating activities, food insecurity, and lack of access to social services, what efforts are being made to stem chronic vulnerability of Syrian refugees? Alternatively, how is the resettlement of this large population affecting the societies and economies of their host countries and what are humanitarian agencies doing to alleviate these pressures? Next, we will be joined by  Rita Zawaideh, 2013 Globalist of the Year award recipient and founder of Salaam Cultural Museum. Rita, who travels frequently to the Syria-Jordan border, will share her on the ground experience working with Syrian refugees and suggest ways to help your students understand and identify with the hardships caused by the Syrian conflict. 

*We will also be collecting school supplies for Rita to take back to the Malki-SCM Children’s Center in Amman on her next trip. If you are able, please bring a small donation of supplies such as pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc.

Kathie Friedman KasabaKathie Friedman Kasaba, PhD, is an associate professor at the Jackson School of International Studies and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Near and Middle Eastern studies. Friedman is the former chair of the Jewish studies program and previously directed the master’s program in international studies and the undergraduate honors thesis programs at the Jackson School. Her main area of study and research is comparative forced migrations and immigration, particularly to the United States and the European Union, with a focus on ethnic and political incorporation. Friedman’s publications include Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women, New York 1870–1924; Creating and Transforming Households: The Constraints of the World Economy (coauthored); and a chapter titled “On Halloween We Dressed Up Like KGB Agents” in Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories and Identities in Jewish Diasporas.

rita-zawaidehRita Zawaideh is a humanitarian and founder of the Salaam Cultural Museum. She was the winner of the 2013 Globalist of the Year Award and is the owner of Caravan-Serai Tours, a wholesale land tour company which designs tours for individuals and groups.. She travels frequently to the Middle Eastern region, and has just returned from leading a humanitarian mission in Lebanon. She has been working with a team of U.S. doctors and local volunteers distributing medical supplies and care along the Syria-Jordan border. She also founded the Arab American Community Coalition to help foster understanding between Arab Americans and the rest of the American society. 


Cost: $30 includes presentations, light buffet, resource packet, and 3 clock hours.

The entrance to the Great Hall at Greenlake is at the intersection of Woodlawn Ave NE and NE Maple Leaf Pl next to Mockingbird Books. Please join us in the Fireside Room on the second floor. 

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From War-Making to State-Making in the post-Soviet de facto States

Friday February 13, 2015
12:00 - 1:20 PM
Gowen 1A (Olson Room)

Kristin Bakke, Senior Lecturer on Politics and International Relations, University College of London and discussant, Emily Gade, Ph.D. student UW

Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, Center for Global Studies, and Dep't of Political Science

Please join us for a timely and interesting talk on State formation in post-Soviet de facto States. The University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) is the only academic colloquium devoted to international security in the Pacific Northwest. The Colloquium is interdisciplinary and open to the public and sponsors seven to nine domestic and international speakers, as well as speakers from UW faculty and students. 

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Ancient Networks of the Indian Ocean

Saturday February 14, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am
Asian Art Museum, Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Asian Art Museum

What have new findings in archaeological, historical, and genetic studies revealed about the extensive early maritime relationships between Africa and Asia? Professor Chap Kusimba speaks on Indian Ocean economic and cultural networks, active for well over 1,500 years before the arrival of Europeans.

Kusimba, Chair of American University’s Department of Anthropology, was previously curator of African archaeology and ethnology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. A former research scientist at the National Museums of Kenya, where his mentor was famed anthropologist Richard Leakey, Kusimba directs an active archaeological and ethnological research program in Kenya and Madagascar, as well as collaborative research programs in Nigeria, India, the Czech Republic, and China. An amazing discovery of a 600 year-old coin on an island off the coast of Kenya by an archaeological team he led made headlines internationally.

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City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India

Saturday August 30, 2014 to Sunday February 15, 2015
SAM Hours
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle WA


Seattle Art Museum

 Bollywood movie culture, venerated politicians, religious traditions, and art historical icons all contribute to the myriad of influences in contemporary urban Indian culture. The artists in this exhibition pay tribute to this multitude even as they introduce elements of irony, introspection, and critique.

Through their photography and sculpture, the artists negotiate diverse ideas and influences on contemporary Indian society—Hindu mythology, Bollywood movies, Indian and western art, and icons of everyday life in a global market economy. Many of the works are influenced as much by popular movie culture and the use of digital technology as by the conventions of religious ritual and street processions, traditional theater, and dance.

Come see the colorful, contradictory, and complex India of today through the works of some of the country’s leading artists.

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A River Flows Through It: Transboundary Waters in China-India Relations

Thursday February 19, 2015
Allen Auditorium of Allen Library

UW South Asia Center, East Asia Center, & China Studies Program

Dr. Selina Ho’s research focus is on politics and international relations, with an area specialty in China Studies. She is most interested in water as a strategic resource, and has worked on China’s municipal water sector and transboundary river policies. A senior research fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, she is currently working on a comparative study of public goods provision in China and India, focusing specifically on the municipal water sectors in both countries.

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The Wind in the Bamboo: Indigenous People of African Appearance

Tuesday February 24, 2015
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Presenter/Author: Edith Mirante

Sponsored by: JSIS: Southeast Asia Center, Center for Human Rights and Center for Global Studies


Indigenous Asian hunter-gatherers of ancient ancestry, once defined as a separate “Negrito race” due to their African appearance (dark skin, curly hair) survive in the Philippines, Malaysia and India. Author/activist Edith Mirante reveals their contemporary lives and challenges with a slide show based on her new book about her journeys to meet them.

About the book: “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People” reveals the plight of tribal Asians who were classified as a separate race and considered doomed to vanish. Defined as “Negrito” because they physically resemble small Africans, they may be descended from a first wave of migration out of Africa to Asia in prehistoric times. Called “savage pygmies” and “hideous dwarfs,” sold into slavery, exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, nearly exterminated by disease and a cataclysmic volcano, these extraordinary people now survive as forest hunter gatherers in only a few places: mainland Malaysia, the Philippines and India’s remote Andaman Islands. Some are still armed with spears and blowpipes, a few with cellphones and graduate degrees. They were subjected to the Victorian camera’s eye and the calipers of craniometry, and now strands of their DNA are analyzed for clues to early human migrations.

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Fredrik Logevall: Obama and the World in Historical Perspective

Thursday February 26, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Kane Hall Room 210

Fredrik Logevall

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Center for Global Studies

Fredrik LogevallFredrik Logevall is the Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Professor of History at Cornell University, where he serves as vice provost for international affairs as well as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” It also received the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Logevall’s commentary has been featured on CBS, BBC, CNN International, and National Public Radio, and his reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He is immediate past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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The Dream of a Muslim Mikado: India, Japan and the Global Campaign for Islam

Friday February 27, 2015
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thomson Hall 101 University of Washington, Seattle

UW South Asia Center

In recent years, UCLA Professor Nile Green has focused on positioning Islam and Muslims in global history through such topics as intellectual and technological interchange between Asia and Europe; Muslim global travel writings; the transnational genealogy of Afghan modernism; and the world history of ‘Islamic’ printing. He has also used the networks forged by Sufi brotherhoods to understand pre-modern and early modern mechanisms of Muslim expansion from the Middle East to China and beyond. One hallmark of his writing has been to join together the study of the early modern and modern periods, not least with regard to the question of multiple globalisms and globalizations.

A reception in Thomson Hall 317 will follow Dr. Green’s talk.

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A Moveable Feast: Sufi Festivals from the Silk Road to the Indian Ocean

Saturday February 28, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am
Asian Art Museum, Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Celebrating the death of a Sufi saint as a joyful marriage to God, the 'urs or 'saintly wedding' is one of the most important yet little-known festivals of the Muslim world. Originating in the Persian cities of the medieval Silk Road, in the following centuries the 'saintly wedding' spread to India and, from there, across the ocean to Africa and Southeast Asia. Richly illustrated, this lecture follows the travels of the 'urs festival through the changing cultural landscapes that it connected over its thousand year journey.

Nile Green, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has written extensively on Muslim interactions with non-Muslims, the western Indian Ocean and the spread of Sufism. His books include Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840–1915 (2011); Sufism: A Global History (2012, reprinted 2013), and the forthcoming Terrains of Exchange: Global Economies of Islam (2015).

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March 2015


Monday March 2, 2015
6:00 PM
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Oxfam America, Seattle Oxfam Action Corp, Center for Human Rights, Center for Global Studies, African Studies, Law, Societies & Justice, Evans School of Public Affairs

Contact: Ben Wiselogle at or 206.949.8635

Please join us on Monday, March 2nd in Thomson Hall room 101 to celebrate International Women’s Day by hearing personal stories of resilience and social change from two amazing women activists from Ghana. Please join Oxfam America, Seattle Oxfam Action Corps, and UW Center for Human Rights in welcoming these dedicated community activists.

This is an excellent opportunity to interact with women leaders who are on the front lines of the battle for fair and equitable land rights. You will have the opportunity to learn firsthand how these women have fought to prevent their community’s valuable resources from leaving their nation.

Panelist Biographies:
Hannah Owusu‐Koranteng‐Deputy Executive Director, Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM)‐Ghana
Hannah is an Agriculturist / Environmentalist with a Diploma in Horticulture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and an M.A. in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Cape Coast. Hannah held the position as technical officer and Subject Matter Specialist on Women Farmers for 18 years with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Following her time at the Ministry, she worked with the General Agricultural Workers’ Union as a Project Coordinator of the Rural Workers’ Program. As a worker of the trades union, she served as a member of the ILO Task Force on Informal Workers and was a part of the drafting Committee on Informal Economy and Decent work at the 90th ILO meeting in Geneva. Hannah is a founding Member of Wacam, a mining advocacy NGO in Ghana. She worked with Wacam as a Volunteer and member of the Executive Council since its official launch in 1998. Hannah took up a permanent appointment with Wacam in 2003 as the Deputy Executive Director responsible for Training, Research, campaigns and project implementation. She has been working on transparency issues in Ghana since 2003 and was nominated to represent civil society organizations on the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Secretariat in 2010 (Biography courtesy of Oxfam America).

Joanna Manu is a farmer, community activist, and District Assembly representative from southwest Ghana. Beginning in 2004, Joanna and other local farmers raised their voices when a mining company spilled cyanide into the river that supplies fresh drinking water to the village of Dumasi. Working with Oxfam’s partner WACAM, Joanna trained to fight for her community’s rights in the face of the power of Ghana’s extractive industries and has since fought to stop land grabs and pollution in both Ghana’s court system and the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency. Joanna was elected to District Assembly in 2011 and continues to work tirelessly for her community, citing the importance of courage, confidence, and understanding in changing the world and the lives of those around her (Biography courtesy of Oxfam America).

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Calligraphic Abstraction. Modern Art in Asia, the Middle East and Africa

Saturday March 14, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am
Asian Art Museum, Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112

In the post World War II era, the political decolonization of Asia and Africa was accompanied by new aesthetic developments. Artists from North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia reworked Arabic calligraphic motifs in entirely new ways, by bringing its form in productive dialogue with transnational modernism and abstraction.

Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of Art Department, Cornell University, is an artist and art historian broadly interested in the relation between art practice in the contexts of globalization, urbanization, and mediatization. He has authored numerous scholarly works, including the recent book Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia. Curatorial activities include Lines of Control at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art and Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and Unpacking Europe at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Worlds since WWII

Saturday March 28, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am
Asian Art Museum, Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Cultural and political interactions between African and Asian diasporas during and after decolonization are discussed by historian and journalist Vijay Prasad. These interactions have included exchange of cultural and religious symbols, appropriated personas and lifestyles, and working together to achieve political change.

Vijay Prashad, Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College; journalist and commentator; author of The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (2014). His 2001 book Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections was named a Favorite Book by the Village Voice. His sixteen published books also include The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (2007), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (2012), and Uncle Swami: Being South Asian in America (The New Press and HarperCollins, June 2012). Forthcoming books include Letters to Palestine. Writers Respond to War and Occupation (2014), and as co-editor, Land of Blue Helmets: The UN in the Arab World (University of California Press, 2015).

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