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

Shimabuku 2018.10.24

Non-CAS Event Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-7:00PM Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building Free for AAA and Contemporary Alliance members, and students with valid ID, $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 Non-members RSVP online or call 720.913.0130 Contemporary Japanese artist Shimabuku joins the Fall 2018 Logan Lecture series to speak about his process and the discoveries encountered while asking “Do snow monkeys remember the snow?” The resulting video is...

Illicit passages (tongdao): timber, amber and the making of the China-Myanmar border in Tengchong 2018.10.25

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 25 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway Tengchong, a county-level city in China’s Yunnan province, shares a 151 km long border with Myanmar. Due to its specific geographical location along one of the main trading routes between China, India, and Southeast Asia, Tengchong has a long history as an administrative, military, and trading outpost. After a few decades of enclosure following 1949 and China's...

China's Belt Road Initiative as a Top Level Design: Can Beijing achieve its Ambitious Goals? 2018.11.01

Non-CAS Event Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm SIE Complex - 5th Floor - Maglione Hall, University of Denver We hope you will join us on Nov 1st for Prof. Zhao’s talk about China’s Belt-Road Initiative. This event is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided. Please register by Tuesday Oct 30th at:

Networking Night | Tariffs and What is on the Horizon for 2019? 2018.11.05

Non-CAS Event November 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pete Mento, Vice President of Global Trade and Managed Services of Crane Worldwide Logistics, will go into detail about how programs ought to play out in the coming year, as well as how new threats to the global economy and a looming recession the US will have direct geopolitical impacts to trade. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided following the presentation.

Summer Abroad Fair 2018.11.05

Monday, November 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Student Rec Center Ice Rink Overlook Spend your Maymester studying the incredible cultural diversity of Indonesia, a country that consists of more than 16,000 islands. Examine the politics of indigeneity in the Mentawai Islands of Sumatra and the politics of religion in Hindu-Buddhist Bali. Explore vibrant and global urban centers in a predominantly Muslim country. Global Seminar: Cultural Transformations in Indonesia is...

Sammy Lee: Liminal Space, Bringing Art to the DMZ 2018.11.07

Non-CAS Event November 7, 12:00-1:00PM Denver Art Museum, Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building RSVP online or call 720.913.0130 Sammy Lee: Liminal Space, Bringing Art to the DMZ The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea was established in the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953. It is a space "between" and an "in-between" space. It is a liminal space. Artist Sammy Lee will discuss her role in the spring 2018 exhibition...
Haorui Wu

After the Wenchuan Earthquake: Harmonization of Physical Reconstruction and Social Reconstruction in China 2018.11.08

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 8 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway International post-disaster long-term reconstruction and recovery initiatives have been arranged in such a way that they give predominantly priority to the emergency response and physical reconstruction, without enough or equal attention given to social reconstruction. Social reconstruction promotes holistic approaches, resilience and helps communities to move toward the ultimate aim of sustainable development. Based on the Wenchuan...

International Coffee Hour 2018.11.09

Non-CAS Event Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4pm to 5:30pm UMC, across from Alfred Packer Grill This year, in honor of IEW, Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services are doing something a little different. We are hosting a celebration and awards ceremony at the existing International Coffee Hour on Friday, November 9th, from 4-5:30pm in the UMC (across from Alferd Packer Grill). We will have appetizers, an exhibit...

Songs from East Asia 2018.11.09

Non-CAS Event Songs from East Asia Friday, November 9 1:00-2:00 pm Chamber Hall (C199) in Imig Music Building Free and open to the public Please join us in a special presentation of art songs from Japan, China, and Korea performed by voice students and collaborative pianists of CU Boulder College of Music!

A Cambodian Spring: a feature film directed by Chris Kelly 2018.11.14

CAS Event Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7pm HUMN 1B50 Dr. Mike Dwyer (GEOG) will introduce the film and moderate a discussion afterward. This sobering exposé of political corruption and disarray in Cambodia reveals the country's deepening human rights crisis, and the origins of political activism among its most vulnerable citizens. The skyline of Phnom Penh is littered with unfinished construction projects, grim concrete reminders of the boom and bust...


Non-CAS Event Saturday, November 17, 2018 11am-12:30pm 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302 Flagstaff Room LEAVING HOME, FINDING HOME is a digital storytelling space by and for the immigrant women from South Asia residing in the United States (South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka). As a South Asian academic, immigrant, and digital archivist for this platform, I invite women who identify as South...

The Altars of Soil and Grain in Tang Chang’an and Public Characters of Emperors 2018.11.29

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 29 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway Chang’an of the Tang Dynasty is the most representative of imperial capitals in Chinese history. According to “Artificers’ Record” ( Kaogong ji ) imperial capitals must have both Royal Ancestral Temple ( zongmiao ) and Altars of Soil and Grain ( sheji ). Unlike Royal Ancestral Temple, scholars have paid little attention to Altars of Soil and...

Asia Internship Program Information Session 2018.12.03

CAS Event Monday, December 3 at 4pm C4C room N215 The Center for Asian Studies is pleased to announce our 2019 Summer Internships in Tokyo and Shanghai! There will be an information session on Monday December 3 where the internship opportunities (3 in Japan and 3 in China) will be covered in detail, as well as how to apply and what scholarship money is available!

Vietnam Global Intensive Information Session 2018.12.05

CAS Event Vietnam Global Intensive Summer 2019 Information Session Wednesday, December 5 at 4pm C4C N351A Come to an information session about the Vietnam Global Intensive Summer 2019 course, sponsored by ENVS. The course link is here: Steve Rose in Education Abroad and KImberly Rogers in ENVS are hosting an Information Session next Wednesday on main campus.

Service, Safety, and Fear in Community Centers: Bureaucratic Confusion and Mistrust in Xinjiang, China 2018.12.06

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, December 6, 2018 CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway The current literature views government-run community centers ( shequ ) as a key tool in China’s authoritarian governance for increasing state infrastructure power. I ask the questions: How do citizens experience state power in their everyday lives? How do the embodied experiences around the community center complicate the definition of participatory politics? In exploring these questions, this paper...

Anne Morse, Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2018.12.5

Non-CAS Event December 5, 6:30-7:30PM Denver Art Museum, Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building Logan Lecture; co-sponsored by the Japan American Society of Colorado Registration info TBA Anne Morse, Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jiayue Cecilia Wu: Experiencing Embodied Sonic Meditation through Body, Voice, and Multimedia Arts 2019.01.16

Non-CAS Event Wednesday, January 16 Lecture: 6:30-7:30PM Reception: 7:30-8:30PM Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building Free to all audiences RSVP online or call 720.913.0130 Sponsored by Curator's Circle & Asian Art Association. This talk situates its analysis on body-mind connections through music, mediation technology, and Tibetan contemplative arts. Rooted in the richness of Tibetan culture, embodied cognition, and deep listening, Embodied Sonic Meditation practice invites new ways of using...

Pizza & Perspectives: South Korea 2019.01.24

Non-CAS Event January 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. to noon University Memorial Center (UMC), Room 247 Pizza & Perspectives is a monthly lunchtime gathering featuring a panel of students from a specific region and, of course, free pizza! Come hear different exchange student perspectives on culture, life in the U.S., and life back home, plus get a chance to ask your own questions. For additional event information, please see the...

The Foiled Coup in Sri Lanka: Rule of Law Redux 2019.01.24

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway There was an attempted constitutional coup in Sri Lanka in October 2018 . Sri Lanka which was ruled by democratic governments from 1947, was plunged into chaos when the President purported to fire the duly appointed Prime Minister, and appoint a new Prime Minister backed by China. The country is of critical strategic significance to the...

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem - Pizza and movie night 2019.01.29

Non-CAS Event Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 6:30 PM Eaton Humanities (HUMN) 180 Cosmos Pizza will be served! Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a movie about an Israeli woman that fights for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage. After the movie, Professor Rebecca Wartell, Instructor in the Program in Jewish Studies, will hold a...

Human and Machine Translation: Cognitive, Linguistic, and Philosophical Perspectives 2019.02.04

Non-CAS Event Monday, February 4, 3:15-5:00 HLMS 199 Yuri Balashov (Professor, University of Georgia) Abstract: This is an HPS-style outline of a new interdisciplinary project at the interface of philosophy of language, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. I aim to explore the complicated relationship between human and machine translation. The project includes: (i) a theoretical part focused on the representation of linguistic meaning in various human, machine, and hybrid human-machine translation...

Stephanie Su: Color of Modernity: Red in Meiji Japanese Prints 2019.02.06

Non-CAS Event Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:00PM Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building Free for AAA members and students with valid ID, $10 DAM volunteers, $15 DAM members, $20 Non-members RSVP information forthcoming In the late nineteenth century, red was used extensively in Japanese prints, earning it the appellation “color of the age.” The sensational visual effects, featuring bright, saturated colors, marked a strikingly different aesthetic from earlier prints. Those...

The Anti-China Movement in Vietnam and the Contemporary Viet-Sino Relations 2019.02.06

Non-CAS Event Wednesday, February 6 at 12pm SIE Complex - 5th Floor - Maglione Hall Center for China-US Cooperation Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver 2201 S. Gaylord St. Denver, CO 80208-0500 We hope you will join us on Wednesday February 6th for this event with Dr. Chiung-Chiu Huang. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register please visit:

Getting Real with Global Entrepreneurship 2019.02.07

Non-CAS Event Thursday, February 7 at 5:30pm Wolf Law, Wittemyer Courtroom Five international entrepreneurs who now have a home in Boulder are “getting real” about their startup experiences and life lessons learned. Hear from a diverse panel who have launched successful ventures and brought innovation to the United States. This event will be followed by a networking opportunity for international students and those interested in global entrepreneurship to connect with...

Legalizing Gender: The Effects of Myanmar Nationalist Anti-Rohingya Agenda 2019.02.07

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway On August 26, 2015, the Myanmar government passed the Race and Religion Protection Laws proposed by The Patriotic Association of Myanmar, or Mabatha in Burmese, composed of ultranationalist Buddhist monks. These laws are referred to as myosaun.upade (lit: Keep the Lineage Law) in popular discourse. They comprise four sets of laws: the Monogamy Law, the Religion...

The Evolving Japan-US Alliance 2019.02.07

Non-CAS Event University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, Maglione Hall Thursday, Feb. 7th, 12:00-1:30pm Click HERE for more details and to register for this FREE event CU Denver Business School, 5th Floor Commons Thursday, Feb 7th, 4:00-5:30pm Click HERE for more details and to register for this FREE event This upcoming talk on Thursday, Feb. 7th will focus on geopolitical strategy and we'll be having it in two...

The Sovereignty of Vulnerability 2019.02.08

Non-CAS Event Department of Anthropology Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology February 8, 2019 at 4pm Hale 230 In The Beast and the Sovereign , the late Jacques Derrida asked a remarkable question: What if sovereignty and vulnerability went hand in hand? What if the other others – the ones beyond the pale of citizenship and even humanity – were actually the rulers of the realm? Authority is only authority to...

Study Abroad in Vietnam Information Session 2019.02.13

Non-CAS Event Wednesday, February 13 at 4pm C4CS341A