November 05, 2013

Mekong Rising: A photo exhibit sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

A visual expedition featuring a number of photos taken in China. Inquiries can be addressed to jmonnat[at]umich[dot]edu.

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October 10, 2012

International Career Talk featuring chairman of Priceline

Ralph Bahna
Chairman of
To address U-M/CICS students about launching international careers

Thinkers or Doers: Who Succeeds in a Globalized World?

Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 6–8pm
Michigan Room at the Michigan League

Ralph Bahna is Chairman and Founder of Club Quarters, hotels in prime big city locations for the use of cost-conscious member organizations. He is also Chairman of, the world’s largest supplier of hotel rooms, reaching a market cap of $40 billion this year.

At Cunard Line Limited, he became President at the age of 30, and Chief Executive of the Cunard Group, worldwide, a few years later. During his leadership, Cunard was one of the few great shipping companies that survived and became a modern-day cruise operator. Among his accomplishments was the success of the company’s flagship Queen Elizabeth 2, and its supersonic Concorde combination. In his 20s, he was credited with helping turn around Trans World Airlines in the early 1970s through his creation and launching of the carrier’s Ambassador Service and Ambassador Express programs. Ralph was named “The Cruise Industry Leader of the Decade” by Travel Trade Magazine in 1990, and the first Chairman of a unified international cruise line organization, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Club Quarters is a new hotel concept where occupancy is limited to member organizations who use big city centers and are looking for well located, full service business hotels at affordable prices.

Ralph graduated from the University of Michigan where he was a Big 10 wrestling champion and where he met his wife, Dorothy. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Two of the children are fourth generation graduates of the University of Michigan. Laura (Bahna) Lovejoy is the only female to be of a fourth generation at the University of Michigan. Also, the family has three generations of husbands and wives who met at the University of Michigan. Ralph has a MBA from the University of California (Berkeley).

Food will be served!

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October 02, 2012

International Institute Symposium, October 26, 2012

Featured Event
How does the interdisciplinary study of human rights translate bodies as and into evidence? How are recent technological advances (in forensics, new media, and methods of quantification) transforming what counts as evidence? Going beyond a view of translation framed in terms of accuracy or equivalence, this symposium explores the relationship of bodies, evidence, and translation within the context of critical debates in human rights studies.

This symposium is part of the LSA Theme Semester on Translation, and is being co-organized by the International Institute and the Department of Comparative Literature. It will be held at the International Institute, in Suite 1636 School of Social Work Building.

The symposium also features U-M faculty, including introductory remarks by Pamela Ballinger and Christi Merrill and responses by Andrew Herscher, Nancy Rose Hunt, Michael Lempert, David Porter, Sidonie Smith, Ruby Tapia, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, and Susan Waltz.

9:00 AM Opening Remarks

9:10 AM Thomas Keenan
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College, NYC

11 AM Patrick Ball
Chief Scientist and Vice President Human Rights Program, Benetech

1 PM David Turnley
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer and Associate Professor, Photography; Residential College and Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

2 PM Vincanne Adams
Director, Medical Anthropology Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine University of California, San Francisco

3:30 PM Inderpal Grewal
Chair and Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Yale University

Symposium Organizers:
Pamela Ballinger, Department of History, U-M
Ken Kollman, Director, International Institute; Department of
Political Science, U-M
Christi Merrill, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M
Yopie Prins, Department of Comparative Literature, U-M

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March 21, 2012

Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism

All are invited to a one-day event on bilingualism on Thursday, March 29 in the Rackham Amphitheater. The "Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism" will feature five leading bilingualism researchers from around the world and a distinguished philosopher who will discuss relevant issues in the philosophy of language and cognition. The schedule includes:

• 9:00-9:25 Opening Remarks by Dean Terrence McDonald
• 9:25-10:20 Bimodal bilingualism: When language is both spoken and signed, Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
• 10:20-11:15 From language mixing to "mixed languages": When style becomes grammar, Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)
• 11:40-12:35 Early bilingualism: Perils and possibilities, Fred Genesee (McGill University):
• 2:00-2:55 Creeping and scooting on two languages, Nuria Sebastian-Galles (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
• 2:55-3:50 Child bilingualism: Two first languages or early second language acquisition? Jürgen Meisel (University of Hamburg & University of Calgary)
• 4:15-5:10 Philosophical implications of bilingualism, Gilbert Harman (Princeton University)
• 5:10-6:00 Panel discussion with questions from audience

Additionally, there will be breakfast from 8:30-9:00 am and closing reception from 6:00-7:00 pm that are open to anyone attending the conference. More information about the talks (including abstracts) are available at:

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this symposium.

Feel free to e-mail Jennifer Nguyen at jgnguyen[at]umich[dot]edu for more information.

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March 08, 2012

Royal Shakespeare Company Creative Residency 2012 at U-M

During the RSC’s “Creative Residency 2012,” directors, actors, and playwrights will develop two plays—a new version of Boris Godunov; and, a new adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao (赵氏孤儿).

Programs Open to the Public

Tuesday, March 13, 5 pm
James Fenton Reading, Kalamazoo Room at the Michigan League

Friday, March 16, 4 pm
The Orphan of Zhao (赵氏孤儿) Presentation, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Saturday, March 17
4 pm — Bringing “Creative Project 2010″ to the Stage: The Audience and the Director, featuring Gregory Doran, RSC Chief Associate Director, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Sunday, March 18, 4 pm
“Drama in Translation” (a roundtable discussion) and “A Conversation with Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director, and Ralph Williams,” Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

Monday, March 19, 4:30 pm
Reading of Boris Godunov, Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business

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November 02, 2011

New Media Symposium, sponsored by the U-M International Institute

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University Ave.
On the Web: Join via live stream. A link will be posted here the day of the event.


PANEL 1 - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
James Der Derian, Brown University
Adrift in Berlin: Global Media, Quantum Leaps, and the Re-territorialization of Area Studies

Shazia Iftkhar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Juan Cole, Director, Center for South Asian Studies

PANEL 2 - 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
E. Gabriella Coleman, New York University
From Digital Direct Action to Leaking: How to Understand the Politics of Anonymous

Mary Gallagher, Director, Center for Chinese Studies
Malcolm McCullough, Associate Professor of Architecture

PANEL 3 - 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Victoria Bernal, University of California, Irvine
From 'The Social Network' to 'The Facebook Revolution': Reflections On Culture and New Media

Paddy Scannell, Professor of Communication Studies
Kelly Askew, Director, African Studies Center

PANEL 4 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Joe Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin
From Diaspora to Plurality in Digital Tejas: The Multi-layered Cultural Geography of Latino Identity and Media Use

Aswin Punathambekar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies

PANEL 5 - 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.
Annabelle Sreberny, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
New Media and the 'Middle East': Thinking Allowed

Nojin Kwak, Director Nam Center for Korean Studies
Atef Said, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology


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December 14, 2010

WATCH ONLINE - International Institute Symposium: Rethinking Area Studies

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Friday, October 29, 2010
1080 South University Ave., Room 1636 SSWB

Please click below to watch Kevin O'Brien's talk "Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization." Other videos from the symposium can be found here.

Symposium Schedule

PANEL I 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
"International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future"
Gilbert Merkx, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Duke University

Respondents: Ken Kollman, Acting Vice Provost for International Affairs, Acting Director of the International Institute, Professor of Political Science; Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof Associate Professor of History

PANEL II 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
"Cross-Purposes or Complementarity? Changing Relationships Between Area Studies and the Disciplines"
Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii

Respondents: Hitomi Tonomura, Professor of History; Anna Grzymala-Busse, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Weiser Centers for Europe and Eurasia and Emerging Democracies

PANEL III 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
"Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization"
Kevin O’Brien, Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Respondents: Christian de Pee, Assistant Professor of History; Geneviève Zubrzycki, Associate Professor of Sociology

PANEL IV 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
"South Asia Without Borders: New Trends in Connective and Comparative Scholarship"
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Respondents: Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History; Allen Hicken, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

PANEL V 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
"The Meanings and Consequences of Contextual Expertise for Engaging Policies and Publics"
Michael Kennedy, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

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November 12, 2010

Two CCS faculty associates to appear on panel discussion on international studies and comparative literature

12-1:30 pm, Friday, November 19, 2010 (1014 Tisch Hall)

A panel discussion with:

Kenneth Kollman,
Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute

Brad Farnsworth (CCS faculty associate),
Acting Director, Center for International and Comparative Studies

David Porter (CCS faculty associate),
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

The panelists will speak about different approaches to the idea of comparison for research and teaching in International Studies and in Comparative Literature. Faculty and students with an interest in comparative methodologies and pedagogies are welcome to attend this informal discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature’s “Year of Comparison” at the University of Michigan

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September 16, 2010

Former CCS faculty associate Lydia Liu to present lecture

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January 20, 2010

U-M Ross Business School hosts Micheline Maynard of the New York Times

Free and open to the public
4:30 pm, Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor

Micheline Maynard, a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and an adjunct faculty member at the Ross School, will discuss her newly published book, "The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream." A book-signing will immediately follow the event, which will be broadcast on C-SPAN's Book TV.

Maynard has written four books, including the "The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market," which foresaw the collapse of Detroit carmakers.

When Americans refer to the "globalized economy," what they generally mean is either: us enriching the benighted, Coca-Cola-deficient, Apple-deprived, Hollywood-less masses of the world with our cool stuff; or us picking up incredible bargains on Chinese toys at Wal-Mart and French cheese at Whole Foods. But what we don’t talk about--what we’re perhaps embarrassed to talk about--is what happens when Americans, right here in small Southern towns and Midwestern suburbs, find themselves working for foreign-owned companies. This other kind of globalism is the subject of Micheline Maynard’s fascinating new book, The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream. Maynard, senior business correspondent for the New York Times, begins by recognizing the fear and shame traditionally associated with foreign companies employing Americans. There has been a suspicion that these foreign competitors are undermining American companies, and that their American workers are a kind of fifth column, betraying the national interest. Maynard brilliantly shows how these ideas are not merely outdated, but utterly wrong. Painting a portrait of four foreign companies--Tata, Haier, Airbus, and Toyota--and, more vividly, some of the Americans who work for them, Maynard shows how overseas firms have been a godsend for the U.S. They bring consumers better products--who thinks Pontiac makes better cars than Toyota? As importantly, they’ve enriched the lives of their American workers and host communities. Maynard doesn’t ignore the challenges of foreign ownership--implacable union opposition, most notably--but she catalogs the opportunities, such as steadier employment, more job skills training and opportunities for promotion, diffusion of best practices to other, American companies. At a time when Americans are skeptical of foreign entanglements and foreign ideas about health care, Maynard’s book is a lively reminder of how much we can learn, and how much we can benefit, when the world comes here. --David Plotz's guest review,

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Chinese New Year Gala hosted by U-M Chinese Students and Scholars Association

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November 09, 2009

A lecture by Yiqun Zhou: Women, Religion, and Sociability in Ancient China and Greece

The Departments of Asian Languages & Cultures and Women's Studies

Present a lecture by

Yiqun Zhou

Stanford University

Women, Religion, and Sociability in Ancient China and Greece

4pm, Monday, November 16, 2009
1022 Thayer Building (First Floor)

This talk examines the role of religion in shaping two distinctive patterns of female sociability in ancient China and Greece (c. 10th-4th centuries BCE). Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn between the forms, spaces, and ideologies of the religious festivities—from household feasts to public festivals—in which women participated in the two ancient societies. Whereas the sacrificial banquet in honor of patrilineal ancestors epitomized the ideal Chinese familial and sociopolitical order, festivals that featured competitive homosocial activities were at the center of Greek religious life. The talk will focus on how religion served crucial but different functions in defining women's identities and forming their social ties in the two influential classical traditions.

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October 08, 2009

Guest Recital: MingHuan Xu, violin and Winston Choi, piano

Saturday, October 10
Guest Recital: MingHuan Xu, violin and Winston Choi, piano

E.V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
8:00 PM

Representing the faculties of Roosevelt University in Chicago (Choi) and Grand Valley State University in Michigan (Xu), this internationally honored duo will present works for solo piano and violin by Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Jeffrey Mumford, Bright Sheng, Maurice Ravel, as well as the Cesar Franck sonata for piano and violin.

Chinese Canadian violinist MingHuan Xu is a multi-faceted performer with unique communicative abilities. She has delighted audiences with her passion, incredible technique, sensitivity and charisma. Her versatility allows her to perform an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire. She has performed extensively as a concerto soloist, duo recitalist and chamber musician, all across China, Europe,North America and South America.

Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Free - no tickets required

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March 26, 2009

04/02/09 talk by Angela Zito: "Discipline and the Person in China: Re-reading Foucault from a Distance"

Please click on flier below to go to site with recommended readings.

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March 13, 2009

March 21, 2009 - Asia Law Society Symposium - Corporate Governance in Asia

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March 09, 2009

03/13/09 West Quad International Documentary Festival

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February 23, 2009

03/09/09 International Law Workshop: "U.S.-China Relations and International Human Rights"


Monday, March 9, 2009
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Room 116 Hutchins Hall

"U.S.-China Relations and International Human Rights"

Sharon Hom

Executive Director of Human Rights in China
Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York School of Law

Biographical information may be found here.

The International Law Workshop introduces today’s most debated issues in international and comparative law. The Workshop is intended for non-specialists; you are encouraged to attend any or all of the sessions. Speakers will talk for 25 minutes, followed by discussion and questions. The Workshop is coordinated by Professors Daniel Halberstam, Michael Barr, and Nico Howson and Assistant Dean Virginia Gordan. The Workshop meets on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. in Hutchins Hall (first floor), Room 116, unless otherwise noted. Contact: Stephanie Wiederhold, Program Coordinator, Center for International & Comparative Law,

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January 07, 2009

2009 Chinese New Year Gala - Organized by Chinese Student and Scholar Association

The Power Center for Performing Arts
7:30PM-10:00PM, Friday, January 16, 2009

Dear friends,

On behalf of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, we would like to invite you to 2009 Chinese New Year Gala on Friday, Jan16th from 7:30PM-10:00PM at the Power Center for Performing Arts (121 Fletcher St., map attached) and celebrate the Chinese New Year together! Current performances cover skits (Xiaopin), Kong-fu performance, folk music, traditional and modern dancing, singing... The final performance list will be released later.

The tickets are now on sale at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, on the ground floor of Michigan Union. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/children.

For parties of more than 10 people, you can contact CSSA directly at and purchase the tickets directly from us.

"Door Tickets" will also be on sale at the entrance of Power Center before the New Year Gala before the performance starts.

Please help to spread the message and invite your friends to our
2009 Chinese New Year Gala. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

CSSA Working Team

UMCSSA Working Team by

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December 09, 2008

CCS Well Represented at 2009 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture Series

2009 Distinguished University Professorship Lecture Series
Rackham Amphitheatre
Reception immediately following - Rackham Assembly Hall

Wednesday, January 28
Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (2005), CCS Faculty Associate
Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Monday, February 16
Joyce E. Penner (2007)
Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
College of Engineering

Wednesday, March 25
Hyman Bass (2008)
Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics
and Mathematics Education
Professor of Mathematics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor of Mathematics Education
School of Education

Wednesday, April 1
Yu Xie (2007), CCS Faculty Associate
Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Tuesday, April 14
Jane E. Dutton (2007)
Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration
and Psychology;
Professor of Psychology
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Professor of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Corporate Strategy and International Business
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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