University of Washington

Fall 2015 Series
Focus on Asia: Photography Past and Present

Saturdays , 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., from September 26 to November 21
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

This workshop series is facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts, an NCTA seminar leader, and is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. Additional funding comes from the Southeast Asia Center and the South Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

In "Focus on Asia: Photography Past and Present," nine speakers will explore how photography in Asia encompasses memory and identity; distance and intimacy; reportage, advocacy, and aesthetics. ​

Each Saturday, educators will attend the public lecture from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. and then meet for a writing workshop from 11:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.  During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in the art galleries in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvenes to share working drafts. The workshop nurtures educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.

Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for each workshop. Educators can earn up to 36 clock hours by attending all of the workshop sessions. New workshop attendees are required to commit to attending at least two sessions. The workshop is open to current K-12 teachers and each session is limited to 15 participants. The instructor, Mary Barber Roberts, will contact you to confirm your spot in each session.


Please email to inquire about space on our wait list for specific lecture dates.

For more information on each lecture, click on the links below:

Sep 26 First 50 Years of Photography in China​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Frances Teak, Curator of Photographs, Getty Research Institute

Oct 3 Is There an Indian Way of Photography?​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture, University College, London

Oct 10 Landscapes of the Imagination: Photography and the Making of Modern Indonesia
with Karen Strassler, Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York

Oct 17 Humanitarian Photography and Japan’s Atomic Pain​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

​Oct 24 'Savages' on Paper: 19th Century Portraits of Taiwanese Aborigines​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Douglas Fix, Professor of History and Humanities, Reed College

Oct 31 Dreams Come True, Almost​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Jung Yeondoo, Artist

​Nov 7 Chinese and Korean Video Art​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Christopher Phillips, Curator, International Center for Photography, NYC

Nov 14 A Tale of Two Mediums: Paint and Photography in India
with Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator of South Asian Arts, Royal Ontario Museum

Nov 21 For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
with Yasufumi Nakamori, Associate Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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East Asia Resource Center
University of Washington
Box 353650
302 Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
206.543.1921 phone
206.685.0668 fax

Mary Bernson

Yurika Kurakata
Assistant Director