Here is a list of all the past Speaker Series events, Brown Bag events, and non-CAS events:
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Sophal Ear

America, China, and the Retreat of Democracy in Southeast Asia: The Case of Cambodia 2018.04.18

CAS Event Wednesday, April 18, 2018; 5 p.m. Hale 230 Lecture by Dr. Sophal Ear, Associate Professor, Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College In January of 2017, in one of the first acts of his new administration, President Donald Trump made the decision to pull the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signaling an end to US participation in multilateral trade agreements. Since then, Beijing has continued to exert greater...

Asian Studies Commencement 2018 2018.05.11

CAS Event Friday, May 11, 2018; 1:30 p.m. Koenig Alumni Center 1202 University Avenue Thesis Presentations to be delivered by graduating students. Reception to follow.

2018 Best Should Teach Award Ceremony 2018.09.06

Non-CAS Event Thursday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m CU Boulder, UMC Ballroom Please join us for the 2018 Best Should Teach award ceremony and keynote address on Thursday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the UMC Ballroom. Our keynote speaker this year is Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology and Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. In addition, five CU faculty members and public school...

CJLEA Fall Workshop 2018 2018.09.08

CAS Event Saturday, September 8, 2018; 9am to 3pm Sunday, September 9, 2018; 9:30am to 1pm Visual Arts Complex 1B88 CJLEA Fall Workshop 2018 Reconsidering Articulation Issues in Colorado and Surrounding States through New Pedagogical Perspectives 「最新の日本語教育を通して考えるアーティキュレーションの再考査」 By Dr. Motoko Tabuse (Eastern Michigan University & Director, Middlebury School of Japanese) with Mr. Hideki Hara (Director, Japan Foundation Los Angeles) Day 1 (Registration starts at 8:30am on Saturday, September 8) Workshop...
Contesting Mohammad

Contesting Muhammad: Contemporary Controversies in Historical Perspective 2018.09.13

CAS Event Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5pm Center for British and Irish Studies, Norlin Library, CU Boulder The Prophet’s life story has been told from the earliest days of Islam to the present, by both Muslims and non-Muslims, in myriad ways. Since the nineteenth century, hagiographic and polemical writings have merged into a single, contentious, story, usually devoting substantial attention to Muhammad’s relationships with women, especially his first wife, Khadija,...
Robert Wyrod

In the General’s Valley: China, Africa, and the Limits of Developmental Pragmatism 2018.09.13

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, September 13, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway The rise of China as a new force in African development is one of the most significant political shifts in sub-Saharan Africa in the postcolonial era. In this talk, I discuss my research in a rural setting in Uganda that is in the midst of a massive transformation into a Chinese-government funded industrial park. My fieldwork reveals...

Japanese Kite Festival 2018.09.15

Non-CAS Event Saturday, September 15, 1pm-3:30pm Sunday, September 16, 10am-3pm Lowry Great Lawn Park Kite-Making Workshop this Saturday (1:00pm-3:30pm) at our office downtown. Free parking. Pre-registration on our website.
Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor 2018.09.20

CAS Event Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5 p.m. Eaton Humanities 250, CU Boulder Ai Weiwei is one of the most compelling figures working in the spheres of international art and political activism. His extraordinary range of creative activities is unparalleled among his peers—from provocative large-scale museum exhibitions that reference traditional Chinese art forms to candid Instagram posts at impoverished refugee camps around the world, Ai’s fearless spirit and commitment to...

Yasodhara: A Novel about the Buddha's Wife 2018.09.20

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, September 20, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway According to tales of his past lives, the Buddha and Yasodhara had been together for lifetimes. The Pali commentaries even suggest the two took rebirth at the very same instant in the very same kingdom, just a few doors down from each other. Countless sources have portrayed her loss when Siddhattha, heir to the Sakya kingdom and...

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018.09.21-23

Non-CAS Event Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018 A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE JLF at Boulder promises to be an event unlike any other. Free and accessible to everyone, rich with words and ideas, the Festival invites you to join us in examining the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe. In an uplifting celebration of the...

Memory and Agency: Rethinking North Korean Literature 2018.09.28

CAS Event Friday, September 28, 2018 3:30pm to 5:30pm Humanities 150, CU Boulder The talk will feature an academic presentation by a literary scholar of North Korea. Immanuel Kim will show how literature from DPRK does not always conform to top-down ideals of political commitment to the leader, the Party, and the nation. He shows, instead, how the path to becoming a revolutionary hero is challenged by individual desires, decisions,...

Discussion of the Art Exhibition at the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) Museum 2018.10.02

CAS Luncheon Series Tuesday, October 2 at 12:30pm (off-cycle lunch talk) CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway Professor George Rivera will present art from a recent exhibition that he curated at the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) Museum in Korea. The presentation will include the philosophy underlying the selection of the DMZ Museum as a venue, as well as artwork included by faculty in the Department of Art & Art History, past MFA...

Liu Xia’s Photography Before and After House Arrest a talk by Anne Henochowicz 2018.10.02

Non-CAS Event Tuesday, October 2, 9:30 and 3:30pm (two talks) 9:30am, Plaza M104 3:30pm, Tivoli Arts and Media Auraria Campus, Denver No registration required Liu Xia, poet, artist, and widow of the Chinese intellectual and dissident Liu Xiaobo, was put under house arrest without charge when her husband was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Nearly eight years later, she finally left her captivity—and China. Liu Xia has...

Covering China: The Ethics of International News Reporting with Evan Osnos, Xiao Qiang, and Sophie Beach 2018.10.04

Non-CAS Event Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM University of Colorado Denver 1201 Larimer Street Student Commons Building #1500 Denver, Colorado 80204 There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required . We expect this event to fill up, so RSVP NOW to secure your spot. Speaker Bios Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker , covering politics and foreign affairs, and a...

Lotsawa Translation Workshop 2018.10.05

CAS Event Tibet Himalaya Initiative October 5-8, 2018 Registration is now closed. Keynote lecture: An Act of Bardo: Translating Tibetan Poetry on October 6 is open to the public. We are please to host the Lotsawa Translation Workshop, scheduled for October 5-8th at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the generous support of the Tsadra Foundation. The workshop offers the opportunity for translators and scholars at various stages in their...

U.S. Career Forum Los Angeles 2018.10.05

Non-CAS Event Friday/Saturday, October 5-6, 2018; 10:00 a.m. Pasadena Convention Center 300 East Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101 Looking for a job using Japanese? Look no more - individuals with Japanese and english language abilities are invited to explore career opportunities and find jobs that use or require Japanese without having to be in Japan! Free to attend, details and registration at .

An Act of Bardo: Translating Tibetan Poetry 2018.10.06

CAS Event Tibet Himalaya Initiative Saturday, October 6th, 11am British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library Lama Jabb, Oxford University Keynote for the Lotsawa Translation Workshop For more information about the Lotswana Translation Workshop, visit .

The US-China Trade War: a panel discussion on its implications for China, the US, and beyond 2018.10.10

CAS Event Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5pm Eaton Humanities 250, CU Boulder A Panel discussion about the US-China Trade War featuring Robert F. Mc Nown, Keith E. Maskus, Karen Gerwitz and Scott Larson. Moderated by Tim Oakes, Center for Asian Studies Director. Robert F. Mc Nown, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss alternatives to the tariffs weapon to influence some of China's policies that...
Cai Bei

"G Yang" and the Tibetan Landscape 2018.10.11

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 11 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway In this talk, I want to discuss following questions: What is "G yang"? Why is "G Yang" important for understanding the Tibetan landscape? Finally return to the "modernity" context that the Tibetan landscape be transformed. Cai Bei, Visiting scholar and Associate Professor, Qinghai MinZu University, Institute of Ethnology and Sociology, China
Galloping Horses

Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao's China 2018.10.16

CAS Event Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5pm Eaton Humanities 135 Galloping Horses Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China Famous for his ink brush paintings of galloping horses, pioneering Chinese artist Xu Beihong (1895-1953) integrated Chinese and Western painting and mentored generations of Chinese artists. Galloping Horses describes how his family and legacy survived the turbulence of Mao’s ever-changing policies, which dictated the direction of art and music...
China Made

1st China Made Workshop: Conceiving Infrastructure in a Chinese Register 2018.10.18-19

CAS Event Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9am to 5pm Friday, October 19, 2018, 9am to 12:30pm Flatirons Room, Center for Community Registration required. Part of the Henry Luce Foundation funded project, “China Made: Asian Infrastructures and the ‘China Model’ of Development. For more information, please email Tim Oakes at or visit .