College of Arts & Sciences

Asian Studies Program

Asian Studies Lecture Series

Anglo-Afghan Wars

Fall 2012

Antoinette M. Burton, Professor of History and Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign spoke on "Shadows of the Future: The First Anglo-Afghan Wars." This talk emphasized the repeated failure of British imperial power in the face of native insurgency and local instability – a kind of permanent insecurity that reminds us of how fragile and precarious that power was on the ground in the 19th century.

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Fall 2011

Kenneth L. Pomeranz, Chancellor's Professor of History, University of California, Irvine, and author of The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton, 2001) spoke on "Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water, and Chinese Development in Long-run Perspective, 1550-2010," setting China's recent and dramatic economic growth in a broad historical perspective.

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Fall 2010

Susan J. Napier of Tufts University delivered an engaging lecture entitled "The Girl in the Cardboard Box: Gender, Sexuality and Doll Culture in Contemporary Japan."  Dr. Napier also held a seminar for faculty and studenrts on "The Haunted Sky: Miyazaki Hayao and the Technology of Nostalgia," in which she discussed her current work on the famous filmmaker.

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Fall 2009

Han S. Park addressed the complexity and intricacy surrounding the North Korean nuclear crisis that have frustrated policy makers and academicians for nearly two decades. Dr. Park also offered a seminar on the "Art of Mediation," detailing his role in the release of the American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

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Fall 2008

Liam Matthew Brockey, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, spoke on "The Art of Language: Early Jesuit Experiments with Asian Tongues, 1550-1650." Brockey examined how Jesuits in China pioneered the study of the Chinese language.

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Fall 2007

Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Comparative Theology at the Harvard University Divinity School, spoke on "One God or Three: A Hindu-Jesuit Debate on the Identity of God." Dr. Clooney's lecture focused on the Hindu concept of the Trimurti, the "three forms" of the Divine. He examined attempts by early Jesuits in India to compare and contrast this concept with the Christian concept of the Trinity, and also considered the status of the Trimurti within the Hindu tradition itself.

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Fall 2006

Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School, delivered a lecture on "Jihad and Crusade: American Power in a World of Religion." Dr. Sells also conducted a seminar for St. Joseph's faculty on "Islam in the Classroom."

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Fall 2005

Kenneth Pomeranz, Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, spoke on "East and West in the Origins of a Modern World Economy." Dr. Pomeranz noted the similarities between the major economies of Eurasia prior to the Industrial Revolution, and presented new perspectives on the old question, "Why was Europe first?"

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Fall 2004

Filmmaker Carma Hinton, who earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Harvard University, screened and discussed her film, "Morning Sun: A Film about Cultural Revolution," which attempts to create an inner history of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c. 1964-1976). The film provides a multi-perspective view of the period through the eyes of a generation born around the founding of the People's Republic of China, and that come of age in the 1960s.