The University of Iowa

CAPS 2013-2014 Speaker Series and Events

Friday, January 31, 2014  
Lunar New Year Celebration  for CAPS Faculty, Scholars and Graduate Students of East Asian Studies.
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 
Location: 2780 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus 

Friday, February 7, 2014 
Lunch Seminar and Conservation with Nathan Peterson on the Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Aftermath of the Triple Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Time: 12:00 Noon 
Obermann Center library at 111 Church Street, Iowa City, IA
Refreshments will be provided and please visit the Obermann website for details.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Brownbag Lunch Seminar: "Is Korea in Mexico?: Reimagining National History in Kim Young-ha’s Black Flower"
By Junyoung Verónica Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the University of Iowa
Time: 12:00 Noon- 1:30 pm.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus.
Please see the abstract for details.    

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Public Lecture: "The Benevolence of Women: The Politics of Capital Punishment in Imperial China”
By Thomas Buoye, Department Chair, and Associate of Professor History, University of Tulsa.
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus. 
Please see the abstract for details.   

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Film Screening: "High Tech, Low Life" and Post Screening Q & A with Steve Maing, the Filmmaker.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. 
Global Leadership Student Workshop: "Global Leadership Starts Here" 
Time: 9:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Rotunda Adler Journalism Building, UI Campus 
Please see the schedule for details.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Public Lecture: "Whence Came Mandarin: Late Qing Guanhua, the Beijing Dialect, and the National Language Standard in Early Republican China"
  By Richard VanNess Simmons, Professor of Chinese Studies, Rutgers University.
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room 15 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus.

Friday, March 7, 2014
Public Lecture: "The Forbidden Pregnancy and Abandoned Children: on Mo Yan's Fiction about the One-Child Policy and Abortion in China"
  By Shelly W. Chan, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture Studies, Wittenberg University.
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: 100 Phillips Hall, UI Campus.
The lecture is part of the symposium "Pill and Pen: Contraception and Unwanted Pregnancy in Literature and Popular Culture" March 7-9, 2014 held at the University of Iowa Campus.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Film Screening: The Toyama Shimotsuki Matsuri of Kodoki Hamlet 
  By William Lee, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
Time: 5:00 - 6:20 pm
Location: 109 English Philosophy Building, UI Campus.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
An Evening of Kyogen: Traditional Japanese Comedic Theater
   By William Lee, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies Centre, the University of Manitoba and members of Japanese Studies community at the University of Iowa.
Time: 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Location: E132 Adler Journalism Building, UI Campus.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Public Lecture: "Fathers and Daughters in Chinese Buddhism"
  By Wendi Adamek, Associate Professor and Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary.
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: Third Floor Atrium, Department of Religious Studies, Gilmore Hall, UI Campus.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Brownbag Seminar: "Uninvited Guests at the Meeting of Embodied Minds"
   By Wendi Adamek, Associate Professor and Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary.
Time: 11:45am  - 1:00 pm
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre. UI Campus.

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2014
Guest Recital by Hao Huang, Professor and Tenor, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Casey Rafn, Piano, U. of Iowa
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm
Location: 1670 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
International Workshop: Marxism in China and North Korea, coordinated by UI Sonia Ryang, Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair of Korean Studies
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus
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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Conference: Bundan Snark: Writing and Fighting in Modern Japan, with talks by Alejandro Morales Rama (PhD Candidate, Sophia), Susanna Fessler (Professor, SUNY-Albany), Alisa Freedman (Associate Professor, Oregon), Jeff Long (Associate Professor, Bloomsburg), Sarah Frederick (Associate Professor, Boston University), Toba Koji (Professor, Waseda University), Kendall Heitzman (Assistant Professor, Iowa), Nick Kapur (Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University), and Kyle Ikeda (Assistant Professor, Vermont)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Location: 2390 University Capitol Centre, the Executive Board Room, UI Campus.
Conference Website at at

Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014
Business Japanese Workshop 
SpeakerMotoko Tabuse (Eastern Michigan University)
Location: 2390 University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom) University of Iowa
Sponsors: The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) in International Programs at the University of Iowa, with additional funding from the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DWLLC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of Iowa
Coordinator and contact: Professor Yumiko Nishi at 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
CAPS Fall Welcome Reception

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Saturday, September 27
LocationThe Ashton House, 820 Park Rd, Iowa City, IA 52246. 
UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs

Friday, October 3, 2014
Public Lecture: "A Comparative Study on CFL Teachers and Learner’s Perception of Corrective Feedback and their Impact on CFL Development"
Hong Gang Jin, William R. Kenan Professor of East Asian Language and Literatures at Hamilton College.
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Friday, October 3

Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre, UI Campus.
Sponsors: UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs, UI Confucius Institute, UI FLARE/Second Language Acquisition PhD Program. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Roundtable: Literary translation from and to Chinese—challenges and pleasures: A conversation with Jennifer Feeley, Steve Bradbury, Ye Mimi
Speakers: Steve Bradbury, Ye Mimi, and Jennifer Feeley
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 14
Location: Shambaugh House, 430 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa 

Co-sponsored by UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and International Writing Program

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Public Lecture: Confessions of a Chinese Translator: The View From Taiwan”
Speaker: Steve Bradbury, Associate Professor of English, National Central University, Taiwan.   
Time: 3:30 - 4:50 pm, Thursday, October 16
Location: 140 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus 
Sponsors: UI Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, International Programs, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Chicago
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Friday, October 17, 2014
Public Reading of Poetry and Fiction
Speakers: Steven Bradbury, Ye Mimi and Chen Li
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Friday, October 17
Location: Shambaugh House, 430 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 
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Friday, October 17, 2014
Public Lecture: 
“Moving Forest, Moving Villages: Dynamics of Livelihood and Hunting in the Mountains of Northeastern Japan” 
 Hiromi Taguchi, Prof. of Anthropology & Environmental Studies, Dept. of Historical Heritage at Tohoku University of Art and Design
Time: 12:30 - 2:15 pm, Friday, October 17
118 Macbride Hall, UI Campus.
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Public Lecture: "
Wandering in a Garden, Waking from a Dream: Song Lyrics by Xiang Ziyan as Textual Locus for Refuge Memories of Resettlement in the South​"
Speaker: Benjamin Ridgway, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese and Japanese Studies, Grinnell College.
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 24.
302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Public Lecture: "Hong Kong in the Air ... and On the Ground"
Speaker: Tang Siu Wa, Writer, Participant of UI 2014 International Writing Program 
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Monday, Nov. 3.

Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Public Lecutre: “Traveling the Cosmos: Cultural Iconography in the Japanese Tales of Urashima Tarou and Kenji Miyazawa's Night Train to the Milky Way”
Speaker: Steve Renshaw, CAPS Visiting Research Fellow
Time: 3:00 -4:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 13
302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus
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