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Activities under the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II began in 2009 and will continue through 2011, with each year of activity focused on a particular theme. The initiative is supporting faculty development, curriculum and partnership development, grants for student engagement, and programming and outreach around Asian studies. A gift from the bequest of Beloit College Life Trustee William Keefer and other donations are making activity in 2011 possible.

2011/2012 Theme:  Borrowing and Trading: East Asia and Beyond

  • September 23-24, 2011:  Asian Studies Teaching Colloquium.  Keynote speaker:  Don Wyatt, Department of History, Middlebury College
  • September 2011:  "Imaging Others," Exhibit, Wright Museum of Art
  • September 28, 2011:  Vidya Dengle Concert (Indian Violinist), 7 p.m., Hendricks Center
  • September-May 2012:  Silk Road faculty discussion series with May visit to Uzbekistan and Istanbul.
  • October 27 - December 2, 2011: "American Japonisme: A New Perspective," Exhibit, Wright Museum of Art
  • November 16, 2011:  "China's North Korea Policy, Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, China Adviser and North East Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group, 8:00, Richardson Auditorium.
  • April 7, 2012: Chinese-Japanese Translation Contest, 10am, Science Center 201 & 202
  • April 11, 2012: "Has the Great Game returned to Central Asia after 9/11?", Dr. Baktybek Beshimov, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian States.

Winter/Spring 2011 events

  • January 20:  "Beloit College and the Asian Century" Talk by Warren Palmer, Economics
  • February 17-20:  Filmmaker Xiao-Yen Wang in conjunction with the Beloit International Film Festival
  • March 17-20:  Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company
    • March 18:  Exhibit opening of "Dual Lives: Chinese Opera in New York City" and gallery talk by photographer/filmmaker Alan Govenar
    • March 18:  Documentary film showing of "Master Qi and The Monkey King" by Alan Govenar
    • March 19:  Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company Performance
  • April 9:  Third Annual Chinese and Japanese Language Translation Contest

 2010 Theme:  Science and Health in East Asia: History and Innovation

2009 Theme:  Arts and Material Culture

Spring 2009 semester

  • January 29:  Sandy Kita, Chatham College, lecture in conjunction with Japanese Prints exhibit
  • February 10:  "Wrapped in Fashion: Japanese Kimono" lecture by Janice Katz, Art Institute of Chicago
  • February 14:  The Art of Translation: Chinese and Japanese Language Translation Contest
  • February 25:  "IT'S GREAT 2B AMERICAN" performance by Dan Kwong
  • March 30:  "Visual Parody in Edo Culture: Changing Images of the Third Princess from The Tale of Genji" lecture by Masako Watanabe, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • May:  Faculty seminar in Kunming on "Health and Environment in China"

Fall 2009 semester