Published: April 18, 2022

CAS is sponsoring or Co-Sponsoring five events this week!

ALTEC International Spring Game Night

Spring Game Night hosted by HIVE @ALTEC 

Tuesday (4/19) at 4-6 PM in Hellems 159.

It is an event hosting countries around the world that want to showcase their traditional games.

Saving Sumatra’s Rainforests, Its Orangutans, and the Orangutan Haven

Thursday, April 21, 2022
5pm - 6:30 p.m. MDT
via Zoom

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Dr. Ian Singleton will talk about his work to rescue and conserve orangutan and about conservation efforts of the forests in the face of deforestation for palm oil plantations. 
Moderated by Daniel J. Naumenko

Dr. Ian Singleton is Director of Conservation at PanEco Foundation and Scientific Director for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. He was formerly Senior orangutan keeper at Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and Animal keeper at Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Zoological Society of London. He studied at the University of Kent (PhD, Ecology; orangutan ranging behaviour, 1996 – 2000) and the University of Sunderland (BSc(hons), Environmental Science, 1984 – 1987).

He works to confiscate illegal pet orangutans and return them to a life in the wild and continues field research and monitoring of the remaining wild Sumatran orangutan population in an effort to protect their habitat.  He was bestowed the highly esteemed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for his notable contributions to environmental conservation throughout his career.  Singleton considered his 2017 discovery of a new orangutan species – the Pongo tapanuliensis, also known as the Tapanuli orangutan – alongside other scientists in North Sumatra -- to be one of his most memorable accomplishments.

Daniel J. Naumenko is a Ph.D Student who has worked with an international research team studying Bornean orangutans and their forest habitats for the past 7 years. His work focuses on the impacts of forest fire smoke emissions on orangutan health and behavior, and on environmental drivers of oxidative stress and decelerated aging.

EMERGING VOICES: Tibetan Women Writers

Join us for an evening of contemporary Tibetan poetry and short stories with Tibetan women writers from India and China.

EMERGING VOICES: Tibetan Women Writers
Thursday, April 21st at 5pm | CU Boulder, Humanities 250

Introduction by Nicole Willock, author of Lineages of the Literary.
Readings by Tibetan writers Tsedron Kyi, Nyima Tso, & Min Nangzey.

About the Presenters:

Tsedronkyi (ཚེ་སྒྲོན་སྐྱིད) is a short story writer from Chapcha, Amdo and teacher of Tibetan language and literature. She has published two books of collected short stories, A Melancholy Drama (སྐྱོ་སྣང་གི་ཟློས་གར། 2005) and Clinging (ཞེན།་ 2016).

Nyima Tso (ཉི་མ་འཚོ།) is a poet and short story writer from Labrang, who currently lives in Dharamshala. She has published two books of collected poems and short stories respectively: The First Journey of This Life (མི་ཚེ་འདིའི་འགྲུལ་བཞུད་ཐེངས་དང་པོ། 2003) and A Fragment (ཟུར་ཞིག Zhur zhig 2007).

Min-Nangzey (སྨིན་སྣང་མཛེས།) is an emerging poet and essayist from Golok, who currently lives in Dharamshala. She has published two books of collected poems and lyrics respectively: Princess of the Snow Mountain (གངས་རིའི་སྲས་མོ། 2006) and Songs of Emotions (ཚོར་བའི་གླུ 2015). 

Nicole Willock is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University. Her book, Lineages of the Literary: Tibetan Buddhist Polymaths of Socialist China was published last year. 

This event is hosted by the Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder in conjunction with the UVA Tibet Center and JLF Colorado.

Introduction to the Anthropology of Japan Public Lecture Series - Different Faces of Recovery: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Fri, Apr 22, 12:20 PM - 01:10 PM MT

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Dr. Hiroko Kumaki 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows/Anthropology, Dartmouth College 


Divergent forms of recovery are emerging in the ongoing aftermath of Tokyo Electric Company’s’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident in 2011. This talk discusses the experience of the nuclear disaster and recovery, with a focus on those who stayed and those who evacuated and returned to the former evacuation zones. I discuss the histories, present, and futures at stake as residents sought to live well in a place marked by the nuclear fallout.

China's Nuclear Belt & Road

Socio-technical perspectives on China’s export nuclear infrastructures

In-person workshop, free and open to the public

Friday April 22nd

Venue: Center for British & Irish Studies, Norlin Library, CU Boulder Campus

Morning Program:

9:30 – 9:45       Welcome and Introductory session (Tim Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder)

9:45 – 10:30     China’s Nuclear Cooperation and Global Security (Lynn Lee, Princeton University)

10:30 – 11:00    Break

11:00 – 11:45    China’s Pledge on Overseas Coal and the Nuclear Belt and Road (Lami Kim, US Army War College)

Afternoon Program: 

1:00 – 2:30       Keynote Address China’s Nuclear Export Ambitions in Context (Jessica Lovering, Good Energy Collective)

2:30 – 3:15       Remote presentation: Exporting Reactors? Nuclear Energy and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (MV Ramana, University of British Columbia)

3:15 – 3:45       Break

3:45 – 4:15       Remote presentation: The Weight of China’s Nuclear Projects May Lead to Global Spondylosis (Ipshita Bhattacharya (Jagran LakeCity University)

4:15 – 4:45       Remote presentation: Nuclear Innovation: China’s Strategy (Yi-chong Xu, Griffith University)

Saturday April 23rd

Venue: Flatirons Room, Center for Community, CU Boulder Campus

10:00-11:30      Roundtable Discussion: What’s next for China’s Nuclear Belt & Road and for nuclear power globally?

This will be the second of three workshops organized for the project A Tale of Two Asias: Living In and Beyond the Nuclear Age, hosted by the Center for Asian Studies. Funding for the project is being provided by the Albert Smith Nuclear Age Fund at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

About the second workshop: China’s Nuclear Belt & Road

Three years after the Fukushima disaster, China’s President Xi Jinping announced his signature foreign policy initiative: the ‘Belt & Road’ (一带一路). Designed in large part to address China’s chronic oversupply of domestic infrastructural construction capacity, much of the BRI focuses on developing energy infrastructure connectivities across Asia and beyond, with nuclear power being a significant part of this infrastructure development. With 47 existing reactors which already account for 1/5 of global nuclear power generating capacity, China proposes to build at least 30 new reactors across Asia, as part of the BRI, by 2030. This in addition to the 43 new reactors already planned for construction withinChina. In contrast to Japan, then, China’s future reliance on nuclear power is guaranteed. Indeed, China increasingly presents itself as a model of how to live in the nuclear age, while in Japan there has been much greater emphasis on living beyond the nuclear age.

This second workshop will explore the prospects for, and possible consequences of, China’s efforts to position itself, and Asia more broadly, as the global leader in nuclear power production. What have been the social, economic, cultural, and/or political effects and implications of China’s nuclear energy infrastructure development both within China and in other Asian countries where China is currently investing in nuclear energy development projects? In keeping with the broader project’s socio-technical lens, we hope to emphasize in our discussions the relationships between local communities and nuclear technology within the broader context of China’s growing influence throughout the Asian continent and beyond.

Find full program including paper abstracts here.