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Write About Asia Winter 2018 series

Saturday University


“Write about Asia” was 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. It was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts and co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center and Center for Global Studies.

The upcoming series titled, “Boundaries of Belonging in Asia” was inspired by the question “How do boundaries—national, social, and religious—shift over time, and how are they crossed?” The series provided historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives on “the dynamics of borders between India and Pakistan, between the two Koreas, and other boundaries in the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Japan, and the US” (excerpts from the Gardner Center website).

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion. Educators needed to commit to attending at least two lectures. The workshop was open to current K-12 teachers.

All lectures and writing workshops took place in Pigott Hall at Seattle University, except for February 3, which took place in Plestcheeff Auditorium at Seattle Art Museum.

Winter 2018 lecture topics

January 27 at Seattle University
Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan
David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University

February 3 at SAM downtown
DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border
Suk-Young Kim, University of California, Los Angeles

February 10 at Seattle University
Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines
Vicente Rafael, University of Washington

February 17 at Seattle University
Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as American during WWII
Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto

February 24 at Seattle University
Rohingya: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority
Azeem Ibrahim, Centre for Global Policy

March 3 at Seattle University
“We Were Always Buddhist”: Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India
Lucinda Ramberg, Cornell University

For information about the topics and speakers, visit the Gardner Center website.

Workshop details

Saturdays from January 27 to March 3
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Hall and Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for each workshop.