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News Marlboro College Presents Weekly Lecture Series on Contemporary Vietnam in April

MARLBORO, VT - (March 25,  2009) - Marlboro College will present a series of guest lectures and student presentations over four Thursdays in April, entitled "Vietnam: Voices from the Edge."

The lecture series is designed to explore Vietnam from the perimeters of science and society, says Marlboro Asian Studies professor Kate Jellema, and complements a course taught by Jellema, as well as a student and faculty research trip that took place during the 2009 spring break.

Lectures will be held in the Appletree building at 7:00 pm, and are free and open to the public.  The "Voices from the Edge" lecture series is made possible through a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative (FFUASI).

On April 9, Glenn Ricci, of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center, will present At Waters Edge: Asia's Coastal Response to Climate, Development and Soul. Ricci has worked extensively in coastal resource management in Asia and coordinates several projects in the Asia/Pacific Region on coral reef issues.

On April 16, Nora Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present her lecture, Vietnamese Women's Voices: A Gendered View of Contemporary Art in Vietnam. Taylor lectures throughout the world on Vietnamese women who, through their art, are beginning to question Vietnam's prevailing norms as the country faces the challenges of globalization.

On April 23, Julie Thi Underhill, a documentary filmmaker from UC Berkeley, will present Legacies of Champa: Ethnicities, Spiritual Identities and Historical Memories.  Drawing from historical and family accounts, Julie's lecture situates the survival of the descendants of Champa, a longstanding kingdom of Austronesian origin, Hindu sacred rule, and Islamic conversion, and will include an excerpt from her film, Second Burial.

Finally, on April 30, Marlboro College students who have completed their own research projects in Vietnam will present Tales from the Field. One student group explored the magnificent ruins of Cham architecture, while another tackled ecological issues in Tam Giang Lagoon, and a third developed a collaborative art project with students from Hue University in Vietnam.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 251-7644, or visit

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.



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