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Gatty Lecture Series

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The Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture Series (formerly known as the Brown Bags) was a weekly lecture series featuring advanced SEAP graduate students as well as academics, diplomats, researchers, and others who have expertise in Southeast Asia. Normally at the Kahin Center, these talks moved to a virtual format for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

More information about the Fall 2021 Gatty Lecture Series will be available soon.

Recordings for some of our previous virtual Gatty lectures are available on the Global Cornell YouTube channel.

Talks were mostly at 12:30PM (Eastern time) in Spring 2021, but some were held at 8PM (Eastern time) to accommodate speakers in Southeast Asia. An asterisk (*) indicates an 8PM talk. Please see the individual listings below, or view the full semester poster here.

  • 2/11* - Joe Pittayaporn (Chulalongkorn University): Old Thai and the arrival of Thai in central Thailand

  • 2/18 - Cherubim Quizon (Seton Hall University): Beyond bloody reds: Notes on the significance of Morinda in the Bagobo textile hierarchy
  • 2/25 - John Burgess (Independent Author and Journalist): Cambodia's Angkor Temples as a Military Prize: The World War II Experience 
  • 3/4* - Van Mai Tran (Cornell): Resilience of Movement Activists under Repression: The Role of Bystander Protection in the Burmese Pro-Democracy Movement
  • 3/11 - Alexandra Dalferro (Cornell): Knots as Nodes of Power: Practices of Pattern-making and Discourses of Copying among Silk Weavers in Surin
  • 4/1 - Anthony Irwin (Cornell): Everybody Gets a Sword! The Production and Proliferation of Buddhist Ritual Weaponry in Northern Thailand
  • 4/8 - Ronit Ricci (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): From Sarandib, via Lanka, to Ceylon: Exile and Memory in the Colonial Age
  • 4/22 - Gavin Douglas (UNC Greensboro): Sound, Music, and Buddhism in Myanmar/Burma
  • 4/29 - Juliet Lu (Cornell): “Like China 30 years ago” Chinese Discourses of Development in Northern Laos
  • 5/6* - Ian Baird (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Rise of the Brao: Ethnic Minorities in Northeastern Cambodia during Vietnamese Occupation
  • 5/13 - Vinh Phu Pham (Cornell): Configuring the Future in Vietnamese Francophone: Readings of Marguerite Duras, Pham Duy Khiêm, and Kim Lefèvre