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CSEAS and COTSEAL workshop for Southeast Asian language instructors

CSEAS is co-hosting a professional development workshop for Southeast Asian Language instructors in September 2015, with the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL). A second workshop, building on the first, will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 2016. Full details are available on the COTSEAL website

Philippines Studies summer program in Manila, July 11-August 8, 2015

A grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (FHGPA) supported a 2015 CSEAS summer workshop in the Philippines to develop and revise curriculum for the teaching of Filipino and Philippine Studies content courses. The project was for K-12 teachers, community college instructors and college professors who have current experience in teaching about the Philippine language and culture at schools and colleges in the U.S. The workshop was held at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. The 12 participants came from the Bay Area, from Southern California, from Michigan, from New York and from Hawaii. Cynthia Aban, one of Bekeley's Filipino language instructors, was the program's field director and Dr. Nenita Domingo from UCLA was the on-site curriculum coordinator. Dr. Joi Barrios from UC Berkeley's Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies was the program director.

NEW COURSE: Beginning Burmese

Beginning Burmese will be offered for the first time this academic year at UC Berkeley through the Dept. of South & Southeast Asian Studies. The course is supported with CSEAS Title VI National Resource Center funding for the next three years.

New research by CSEAS core faculty Nancy Lee Peluso

CSEAS core faculty Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso has posted a research article and photo essay about small-scale gold mining in West Kalimantan, Indonesia on the New Mandala website. Prof. Peluso was on leave in Indonesia in 2014-15, with a Fulbright fellowship, and based in West Kalimantan where she conducted research on conflict and the development of natural resources. Prof. Peluso is the Henry Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, College of Natural Resources.

CSEAS Chair Appointment

Prof. Pheng Cheah was appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Research to serve as CSEAS Chair in July 2014. He succeeded Prof. Jeffrey Hadler who stepped down after four years of service. Prof. Hadler continues to serve as Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. Prof. Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and has a B.A. degree and LL.B. degree from the University of Sydney. He has published extensively on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism. His current research focuses on post-colonial world literature, on Asian cinema, on human rights, especially in relation to human capital and labor migration in Southeast Asia, and on globalization and culture. He is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.