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October 2022

MTSP: Reading & Discussion with Tsering Yangzom Lama

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tsering Yangzom Lama (MFA, Columbia University) will discuss and read excerpts from her widely acclaimed debut novel We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022). Her haunting but lyrical work recounts a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to forge new lives of dignity, love, and hope. Breathtaking in scope and powerfully intimate, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is a meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we’ll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Recognition…

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WEAI Event: Paper City, A Documentary Screening on the Firebombing of Tokyo

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only Speaker: David Fedman, University of California, Irvine Moderator: Sarah Kovner, Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University Professor David Fedman is an executive producer of a new documentary about the firebombing of Tokyo. Paper City tells the story of three survivors of the firebombing as they launch one final campaign to leave behind a record of this forgotten tragedy—before the last of…

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WEAI Event: Religion and Politics in Japan after the Abe Assassination

October 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only. Speaker: Levi McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious studies, North Carolina State University Moderator: Daniel M. Smith, Gerald L. Curtis Visiting Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University Turmoil following the shocking murder of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on July 8, 2022 by a gunman who bore a grudge against the Unification Church (UC) has reinforced the fact that we…

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WEAI Event: The State in the Rise of Fossil-Fueled Developmentalism

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University Moderator: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of 20th Century Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University How might a focus on the state deepen our understanding of the origins and challenges of the ongoing climate crisis? In this talk, I will introduce my recent book, Carbon…

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Japan’s Local Imperialists: Expansive Ideas of Hometown and Empire within the Asia Pacific World

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Hannah Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Yale University Moderator: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of 20th Century Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University This talk will offer a new approach to the idea of the local within and between empires. It looks at the regional associations that connected Japan's provincial migrants - both within colonial society abroad and…

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Go Big or Go Home: Explaining China’s Upsizing in UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Rise of Token Forces

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Xiaojun Li, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, NYU Shanghai and Affiliated Professor of Politics in the Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU Moderator: Junyan Jiang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University Xiaojun Li will give a talk based on his recent book, Token Forces: How Tiny Troop Deployments became Ubiquitous in UN Peacekeeping, forthcoming from Cambridge University…

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