Previous and Current Events
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
- February 17: Filmmaker Tatsu Aoki in conjunction with the Beloit International Film Festival
- March 8-12: Butoh Dancer Sean Simon
- March 23-27: Traditional Chinese dance performance by Yu Wei
- March 24-28: Chinese human rights activist Li Dan
- April 10: Second Annual Chinese and Japanese Language Translation Contest
- Spring: "Japan's First People: Ainu Life and Spirit" and "Harley Bartlett's Asia" exhibits, Logan Museum of Anthropology
- October 1-2: Asian Studies Teaching Colloquium on Environment, Science and Technology
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
- September 25-26: Asian Studies Teaching Colloquium: Bringing Asian Arts and Material Culture into the Undergraduate Curriculum
- November 12: "New Perspectives on the Origins of Civilization in China" lecture by Gwen Bennett, Washington University in St. Louis
- "Arts of Enlightenment: Asian Icons" and "Object Literacy in a Digital World" exhibits, Wright Museum of Art