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Asian American Studies conference to bring leading scholars to Dartmouth

To introduce students, faculty, and staff to the current scholarship in the field, a conference, "Crossings and Crossroads: Critical Intersections in Asian American Studies," will be held on campus from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. According to one of the organizers, Nora Yasumura, assistant dean of student life and advisor to Asian and Asian American students, the series of lectures, panel discussions, and other events will feature noted scholars and invited representatives from 11 colleges and universities in the northeast.

Gary Okihiro
Gary Okihiro

Assistant Professor of History Jean Kim, a member of the conference planning committee, says that the conference is intended "to broadly introduce the rest of the campus to Asian American Studies through research that both presents and critically interrogates the scope of the field, its primary subjects of study, as well as its intersections with other fields." She adds, "We will bring together junior and senior scholars from a number of disciplines working at colleges and universities across the country to share their research, and scholars to act as consultants in a discussion of how Asian American Studies can grow at Dartmouth."

On Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m. in Collis Commonground President James Wright will welcome attendees and Gary Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, will deliver the opening keynote address, "Our Ethnic Studies: Critical Intersections of Race, Gender, Culture, and Nation." The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Hopkins Center Faculty Lounge. Okihiro, an award-winning author, is director of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. His research focuses on Asian American studies and southern Africa. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association, and is a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

David Palumbo-Liu, a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University, will deliver the closing keynote address, "Race, Modernity, and America," on Saturday, May 6 at 5 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. Palumbo-Liu helped establish Stanford's Asian American Studies Program and currently serves as its director. He is the author of Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier (1999).

The conference will also include several panel sessions, all of which are open to the public. Saturday's events will include panels on "Empire, Global, Capital, and Asian American Studies," "Mapping Race and Interethnic Relations," and "Performing Gender and Sexuality." For more information, e-mail nora.yasumura@dartmouth.edu or call 646-0123.

"Crossings and Crossroads" is cosponsored by many departments and offices, including African and African American studies, anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern studies, English, geography, history, Jewish studies, Native American studies, sociology, women's and gender studies, the Collis Governing Board, the Office of Asian and Asian American advising, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Dean of the Faculty office, Provost's office, and the Pan Asian Council.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08