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January 2021

Virtual: Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art

January 20, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

From January 20, 2021-February 13, 2022, the Ackland Art Museum will be exhibiting a year-long installation that explores the diverse forms and functions of clouds in the arts of Asia. This exhibition will juxtapose works of art in different media and from different time periods spanning the Bronze Age to the present. Clouds have long held a significant place in human imagination and thought. Clouds elude straightforward perceptual and symbolic identification. The diversity of forms of clouds in Asian arts…

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January 2022

Queering Later-Life Desire in Chinese and Sinophone Cinema

January 18 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Chinese seniors are often painted as loving elders, but seldom as elderly lovers. The prevalence of dating among seniors after the 1980s has done little to dispel the common perception that the elderly are physically and emotionally asexual. This talk examines the tension between seniors’ expressions of intimacy and their traditional family roles as (grand)parents by investigating the genre of twilight romance in contemporary Chinese and Sinophone cinema. The stigma of later-life desire stems from the potential of such awakened…

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Book Launch: Precarious Asia

January 18 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

UNC Professor Arne Kalleberg, UNC Professor Emeritus Kevin Hewison, and Professor Kwang-Yeong Shin of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, launch their latest book, Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Precarious Asia assesses the role of global and domestic factors in shaping precarious work and its outcomes in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia as they represent a range of Asian political democracies and capitalist economies: Japan and South Korea are now developed and mature…

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Virtual: Intro to COIL Workshop for Faculty

January 20 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is hosting a workshop for faculty interested in participating in the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative to incorporate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities into their courses. The workshop is 2-3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, via Zoom. This workshop will include:   •  An introduction to COIL, a flexible pedagogical approach that allows instructors to partner with peers from across the world to develop collaborative activities that connect…

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The Art of Useless: Ma Ke’s Fashion Exhibit Useless (2007), Jia Zhangke’s Documentary Film Useless (2007), and Contemporary China’s Consumer Culture

January 20 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This talk presents an aspiring Chinese fashion designer, Ma Ke, and her fashion exhibit Useless (2007). Ma intends to draw attention to the loss of the emotional bond between the maker and the user of clothes in the age of industrialized mass production and consumption. To help fashion recover this lost memory, Ma buries her apparel under dirt for a period of time. When the garment is unearthed, she reasons, it will find itself imbued with the imprint of the…

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Film: In the Name of Belief

January 20 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

“Indonesian Pluralities” is a film documentary series that explores the social richness and political challenge of religious, ethnic, and gender diversity in Indonesia today. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation (New York) and created and produced by Robert Hefner and Zainal Abidin Bagir in conjunction with the celebrated Indonesian documentary film group, Watchdoc, the first three films have been widely viewed and praised in Indonesia. This screening will showcase the first installment in the series, “In the Name of Belief”, an emotionally…

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Book Launch: The Whites are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection

January 26 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

UNC Professor Mark Driscoll will launch his new book The Whites are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection (published by Duke University Press in 2021). In this book, Prof. Driscoll examines nineteenth-century Western imperialism in Asia and the devastating effects of “climate caucasianism”—the white West’s pursuit of rapacious extraction at the expense of natural environments and people of color conflated with them. Drawing on an array of primary sources in Chinese, Japanese, and French, Driscoll reframes the Opium Wars as…

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The Diplomacy Initiative: Meet the Mentors

January 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill are piloting a program to enable undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in national security and related fields.  In Meet the Mentors, five ACNSL mentors will introduce themselves and describe their diverse career backgrounds. Introductions will be followed by breakout sessions in which students can chat with each mentor. Meet the Mentors is a great opportunity for students to find a mentor (or mentors) to meet with throughout the semester during the mentors’ office hours.  There will be two virtual Meet the Mentors sessions that will…

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Krasno Event: Ambassador Jean-Arthur Régibeau on US-EU Transatlantic Security Relations

January 27 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

On Jan. 27, Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. Jean-Arthur Régibeau will discuss U.S.-EU Transatlantic security relations and Russia & China as part of the Krasno Lecture series for an in-person event with a Zoom option in the Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.  The event is co-organized with The NC Zeitgeist Foundation, Diplomatic Discussions of UNC Global & the UNC Center for European Studies.

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Aisha as Adaptation of Austen’s Emma

January 27 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tristanne Connolly (University of Waterloo, Canada) will speak on Rajshree Ojha’s 2010 film Aisha as an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, connecting British regency literature to modern-day Bollywood. This talk is free and open to the public, and will be held virtually over Zoom. This event is run by Jane Austen & Co, a free public Zoom series focused on the life, histories, and writings of women living in the Regency era., and co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center. This year’s series from Jane Austen…

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