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Laura Brubaker-Wittman (PhD candidate, BU Anthropology) wins Fulbright Scholarship to Indonesia

April 21st, 2021

Congratulations to Laura Brubaker-Wittman, a PhD student in BU's Biological Anthropology program, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Indonesia to continue her dissertation research “Interacting with Orangutans: A Multispecies Ethnography of Relationship Building in Borneo.” Laura holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Policy Advocacy from the School for International Training and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado. Her doctoral research focuses on the human-nonhuman primate interface by using the mixed methodology of ethnoprimatology, incorporating theories and techniques from both cultural and biological anthropology. Specifically, her work asks questions about how orangutans and humans... More

Peoples of the Pacific: Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a Covarrubias anthropological map, portrayals of ethnic diversity raise questions about images and stereotypes

April 20th, 2021

Connie C. Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library explores how a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a Covarrubias anthropological map provide portrayals of ethnic diversity that raise questions about images and stereotypes.  To read the full article, click here About the author: Connie Chin was appointed President of The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in 2016. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and as General Manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Connie also worked in brand management at Kraft Foods and... More

Unique Perspectives on Kyoto: A Map Chat article by Richard Pegg (MacLean Collection)

April 20th, 2021

The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library is pleased to present its first Map Chat article in which Richard Pegg, the curator of the MacLean Collection, examines graphic representations of urban Japan from the Tokugawa period. Unique Perspectives on Kyoto Richard Pegg The MacLean Collection Map Library includes a group of maps of the city of Kyoto, a city which was the official Imperial capital and unofficial cultural capital of Japan from the eighth century until the early seventeenth century. During the early Tokugawa period (1603–1868) the Shogun established the administrative capital in Edo, which was later named Tokyo... More

Congratulations to Prof. André de Quadros for winning the 2021 Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award from Chorus America!

April 5th, 2021

Chorus America’s 2021 Awards Recognize Outstanding Choruses and Individuals Chorus America Staff | March 30, 2021 From Chorus America's awards website: Chorus America has announced the recipients of its 2021 awards program, recognizing a broad range of achievements in choral music and service to the choral field. The awards program celebrates and fosters meaningful contributions from remarkable individuals and choruses. “Chorus America is delighted to recognize the accomplishments of these incredible award winners,” said Chorus America president and CEO Catherine Dehoney. “Their artistry, their dedication, and the joy they bring to their work lift up the entire field and inspire us all.” The awards will be... More

Congrats to Prof. Eugenio Menegon (Dept of History) on his Berenson Fellowship from Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

March 31st, 2021

Professor Eugenio Menegon received a Berenson Fellowship for the period January-June 2022 from the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, located at Villa I Tatti near Florence. This is part of his sabbatical leave, when he will bring to completion his current book project on Europeans in Beijing in the early modern period. This Fellowship is designed for scholars who explore “Italy in the World” and address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century. It is named after famed art historian and collector Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), a prominent authority on the... More

Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso A virtual exhibition at Worcester Art Museum (ongoing)

January 11th, 2021

Enjoy some beauty from the comfort of your home! The Worcester Art Museum presents A virtual exhibition online from November 28, 2020 Experience the world of traditional kimono design and artistry still practiced by Chiso, the 465-year-old, Kyoto-based kimono house in our virtual exhibition, Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso. Click on the image below to enter this free virtual exhibition. Over the course of ten weeks, this interactive virtual exhibition reveals a new kimono theme to explore each week, leading up to the opening of the in-house exhibition, Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design. The virtual exhibition includes a rare, behind-the-scenes look at... More

Shen Wei: Painting in Motion (Special exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, museum reopens Feb. 5!)

January 4th, 2021

SHEN WEI PAINTING IN MOTION DECEMBER 3, 2020 - JUNE 20, 2021 Spanning the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Hostetter and Fenway Galleries, and Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade Dancer, choreographer, painter, and filmmaker Shen Wei 沈伟 (b. 1968) moves fluidly between disciplines and cultures to create art that expresses a common spirit animating the world around us. His theory of dance seeks to align the energies inside and outside the body, approaching the body and its environment as fundamentally interconnected. As a painter, Shen Wei uses the monumental scale of the canvas to create immersive visual environments that evoke ancient Chinese landscape paintings while enlisting... More

China, Global History, and the Sea: BUCSA faculty contribute to special issue of Education About Asia

October 26th, 2020

We are pleased to draw your attention to the newly published set of articles onChina's maritime history produced collaboratively by Grant Rhode, Thomas Kennelly, Eytan Goldstein, William Grimes, Eugenio Menegon, and Robert Murowchick for the Fall 2020 issue of the journal Education About Asia, published by the Association for Asian Studies. Their contribution "China, Global History, and the Sea: Pedagogical Perspectives and Applications"can be read by clicking on this link: Rhode, Grant, Thomas Kennelly, Eytan Goldstein, William Grimes, Eugenio Menegon, and Robert Murowchick 2020. China, Global History, and the Sea-Pedagogical Perspectives and Applications. Education about Asia 25 (2), pp 18-24 with online supplement electronic links... More

Manjari Chatterjee Miller co-edits Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations

October 6th, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Manjari Chatterjee Miller and her co-editors Kanti Bajpai and Selina Ho, on their recent publication of the Routledge Handbook of China–India Relations For details, see "The China-India relationship is one of the keys to international security, the future of Asia, and the well-being of nearly 3 billion people. Since early May 2020, border tensions between the two powers have underlined the potential for conflict between them. In 2017, their armies faced off for 73 days. At the same time, they have built a system of engagement designed to manage conflict and their larger rivalry. Their leaders meet regularly, they... More

Prof. Min YE Publishes New Book: The Belt Road and Beyond

July 6th, 2020

Professor Min Ye‘s new book – The Belt Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China:1998-2018 – has just been published by Cambridge University Press and now available for orders. In this new book, Prof. Ye, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, conducts a detailed process analysis of BRI and two prior grand strategies in China. Additionally, it includes a detailed analysis of policymaking in Beijing, as well as implementation/interpretation by local governments and companies.  From 1998 to 2018, China had three political-economic crises, resulting in bureaucratic paralysis. It was at such junctures that China’s leadership launched initiatives, like the Western Development Program, More