Gandhi's Birthday Commemoration
Every Fall the Asian Studies program sponsors an event to commemorate the life and works of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi’s leadership of India’s anti-colonial struggle through non-violence has inspired liberation and civil rights movements across the world.
Recent Gandhi’s birthday commemoration events have included a showing of Shyam Benegal’s “The Making of the Mahatma,” and lectures by distinguished scholars and activists.
Chinese New Year
This event usually takes place in late January or early February, depending on the date the New Year happens to fall on. At the celebration, students and faculty members get together to watch performances by students and enjoy Chinese food. All the performances reflect aspects of the Chinese culture and are mostly conducted in Chinese, with an MC who translates into English. The performances are based on the creative ideas of the students, and as such are often full of humor. The students also utilize this event as an opportunity to express their talents in a venue that the class setting does not provide. Performances usually include comic skits, songs and music, martial arts, poetry readings, painting demonstrations, and food preparation. Students also decorate the celebration area with pieces of their Chinese calligraphy. It is a great opportunity for students and faculty to meet in an environment outside of the classroom, have fun and learn about the Chinese culture.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri) is held annually in early April. At the festival, Japanese students and faculty, working alone and in groups, perform skits, songs, dances, and other forms of entertainment in Japanese to display what they have learned in class. Students also participate in Haiku and Tanka (two forms of Japanese poetry) contests and other Japanese games. A Japanese lunch is provided. The Sakura Matsuri is a fun way to celebrate spring and a wonderful opportunity for students who are learning Japanese to practice the language in a very enjoyable and challenging way. It is also a good opportunity for all who are interested in Japan to experience many interesting aspects of the Japanese culture.
October 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., Taylor 203: Annual Gandhi lecture by archaeologist Kathleen Morrison, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Title of lecture is: “Agrarian Change, Elite Cuisine and Forest History in Southern India”.
November 18, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall 200. Lecture by Deborah Brautigam, School of International Service, American University. She is the author of “Dragon’s gift: the real story of China in Africa”. The lecture is co-sponsored by Political Science, Africana Studies, International Studies, Asian Studies and Economics. Title of lecture is: “The Construction of China as the “rogue” donor”.
November 23, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., Sanders Auditorium lecture by Rowan Flad who teaches archaeology in the department of anthropology at Harvard University. Lecture title is: “Divination and Power: A Multi-regional View of the Development of Oracle Bone Divination in Early China”.