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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Graduate Student Seminar

On Friday, October 24, 2014 the Centre for India and South Asian Research will be posting a seminar for grauate students to engage with eminent historians from the British, New Zealand, and Austrialian Empire. It will be held at the C. K. Choi Building in room 120 from 2:00-3:30om.  More details here.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Routes to and from the Past: Possibilities for Histories of Empire

On Friday, October 24th, 2014 Antoinetter Burton, Professor of History and Bastian Professor for Global and Transnational Studies at the University of Illinois (Chicago) and Tony Ballantyne, Professor of History at the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago will be give a speach on the Itineraries of Empire: Commemorating the Komagata Maru. More details here

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Monday, October 06, 2014

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS: BELLS, HELLS, AND VENERATING DIZANG IN CHINA

Professor Shi Zhiru (Pomona College) is part of this year's Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series. His lecture on Monday October, 20, 2014 will discuss how pre-modern Chinese Buddhists linked Dizang Bodhisattva, the afterlife deity in Chinese religion, to bell practices. More details here.  

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Monday, October 06, 2014

SEA OF DISCONTENT: A ROUNDTABLE ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE

On October 20, 2014 scholars Richard Paisley, Cesi Cruz, Glen Hearns, Paul Schuler, Ian Townsend-Gault and Alexander Woodside will hold a roundtable discussion on the "South China Sea" dispute. Many states have made claims to the potentially rich seabed territories, but China claims it all. Is there any solution to this longstanding and increasingly confrontational dispute? More event details here.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

UPCOMING EVENT - TROUBLES IN CHINA’S PERIPHERIES: HONG KONG DEMONSTRATIONS AND THE ILHAM TOHTI CASE

In light of recent developments in Hong Kong and Mainland China, the Institute of Asian Research will be jointly hosting a roundtable discussion on Monday October 6, 2014 from 4-6pm. The discussion will be led by UBC scholars Diana Lary, Leo K. Shin, Pitman Potter, Tsering Shakya and Yves Tiberghien. More details here.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

UPCOMING EVENT: COMMODITY SHOCKS AND LOCAL PUBLIC GOODS: A TALE OF TWO DISTRICTS

Join us on October 9, 2014 as Professor Thomas Pepinsky (Associate Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University) discusses the consequences of global commodity shocks for local public goods using the Global Financial Crisis in Indonesian Papua as a case study. More details here.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE 2014 NEHRU HUMANITARIAN AWARD IN THE MEMORY OF PREM GOEL

The Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) at The University of British Columbia, invites submissions for the 2014 Prem Goel Memorial Award.  The annual award of $1000 is given to the UBC graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia.  Application deadline is 12pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (Deadline Extended). More details here

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Monday, September 22, 2014

UPCOMING CONFERENCE: THE JOKOWI ERA: A NEW AGE FOR INDONESIA?

On October 10, 2014, UBC’s Centre for Southeast Asian Research, Institute of Asian Research, Department of Asian Studies, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues in conjunction with the Consulate General of Indonesia are hosting a day long conference on the impact of the 2014 Indonesian presidential elections on Indonesia and the rest of the world. More details here.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Excerpts from President Arvind Gupta’s Installation Speech

September 12, 2014

President Gupta reaffirms the importance of UBC’s links to the Asia Pacific region as a top priority for his new administration

“I want to particularly highlight our connection with the Pacific Rim. UBC is Canada’s clearest window into the creative and entrepreneurial forces of the Asia Pacific. We owe it to our students to enhance their connections to this flourishing region. We owe it to our scholars, who collaborate with the Asia Pacific research powerhouses. We owe it to our province to showcase our researchers, our innovators, and our entrepreneurs.

Expanding this portal will require us to leverage UBC’s global network of partnerships. I have spent much of my professional life thinking about those relationships. Watching – and helping – Canada’s universities to collaborate internationally, it has become clear that no single university can match the productive capacity of multi-institutional, multi-national teams.

Such alliances tap into all of UBC’s strengths: from the historically and ethically informed critical thinking skills of the Humanities, to the transformative capabilities of modern science.”

President Gupta also affirms support for entrepreneurship

First we must celebrate and support entrepreneurship. As a great university, UBC has entrepreneurship embedded in its DNA; in our classrooms, our labs, our cultural venues – in the downtown core – in every setting where we engage students, supporters and private-sector partners.

We know entrepreneurship involves risk.

There are personal risks, as when families send us their children – from B.C., from distant Canadian communities, like Timmins, or from halfway around the world.

There are professional risks, as when a researcher embarks on a truly innovative line of inquiry.

And there are organizational risks, as when we commit to becoming more accountable and efficient, even as we improve UBC’s learning experience and extend the scope and scale of our research.

So, first, we will embrace entrepreneurship and we will embrace risk.

Read or view the full speech here: http://www.ubc.ca/newpresident/installation.html

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