Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Don't forget our Friday Meeting!!!

Our Friday meeting will be at 10:30 AM.

See you all soon!!!

Cham at Middfest 2008

I have posted a video of the Cham demonstration at Middfest 2008: here

Other Middfest videos here

Monday, October 13, 2008

Congratulation Tim!!!!

PhD, Executive Director, American Folklore Society, Mershon Center, The Ohio State University

He has just been named Visiting Professor of Folklore at the Graduate School of Literature, History, and Philosophy of Shandong University in Jinan, China.

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Featured Mershon research project: Political Asylum Policy and International Security

VERY VERY COOL Professor!!!

In 2005, President Bush signed the Read ID Act, requiring applicants for asylum to provide documentation of their identity and allowing judges to deny asylum to anyone whose family may be connected with a terrorist group. The act is one example of how political asylum policy is intertwined with international security issues.

In this project, Amy Shuman and co-author Carol Bohmer of Dartmouth College examine how humanitarian concerns for refugees come into conflict with security concerns in the United States and Britain. While the goal of political asylum is to provide refuge for the applicant, the process must also protect the state. This contradiction is at the root of current problems in the system.

Now Shuman and Bohmer are examining how the identity of asylum seekers is represented in the media and public policy, including both asylum policy and security policy. Their data will include ethnographic observation of hearings, interviews with asylum applicants and lawyers, review of policies, and review of a wide variety of media from newspaper accounts to online postings by international aid agencies.

Shuman and Bohmer hope to answer two questions. First, why are asylum applicants under such suspicion? Their previous research found that although the system is vulnerable to abuse, terrorists prefer to stay under the radar and are not applying for asylum. Second, what is the relationship between asylum policy and foreign policy?

The researchers also hope to learn what types of documents are available to various populations in different countries. For example, education records; birth, marriage, and death certificates; medical records; and identity documents such as passports are not always available in each country.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Author to discuss history and politics of veiling!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Jennifer Heath "The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces"
4 p.m
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jennifer Heath is the editor of The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press, 2008). She is an independent scholar, curator and writer, the author of nine works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Scimitar and The Veil: Extraordinary Women of Islam and A House White With Sorrow: A Ballad for Afghanistan.
Heath discusses the veiling of women, men, and sacred places and objects, which has existed in countless cultures and religions throughout history. Today, veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. But veiling was a practice long before Islam and still extends far beyond the Middle East.

Heath's multimedia presentation -- including a 24-minute film, Hollywood Harems, by Tania Kamal-Eldin -- will explore and examine the history and politics of veiling around the world.

Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore: Call for Contributors

Click here to read the contents of a call for contributors to the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore, to be published in 2010.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pumpkin Festival Oct.15th to 18th

The Circleville Pumpkin Festival!!!

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Have Fun!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pizzuti art collecting talk Oct 12

"Contemporary Collecting from Local to Global"
byRon Pizzuti Art Collector Chairman and CEO of The Pizzuti Companies
in conjunction with the
"Objects of Wonder from The Ohio State University"
exhibition Columbus Museum of Art Sunday, October 12 2:00 pmRon Pizzuti is the Chairman and CEO of The Pizzuti Companies. Named by ARTnews as one of "The World's Top 200 Collectors", he has amassed a collection of international contemporary works from Asia, America and Europe. His current focus is on young, emerging, relevant artists. Pizzuti is also a force behind many of Columbus' civic, cultural,architectural, sport and industrial projects.

The Big Picture lecture series is a collaboration between the Columbus Museum of Art and the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities at The Ohio State University. The lectures in the series are presented by faculty from Ohio State and other area colleges and universities and by other experts in conjunction with the Museum’s temporary exhibitions and are intended to expand the contexts for understanding the exhibitions. Past funding has been provided by the Fifth Third Foundation and the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The series is in its sixth year.

Admission to the lectures is free and open to the public, and free reception follows each talk.

Monday, October 6, 2008

China Plural: Local Identities, Contesting Visions, and Constructing Nations

Organizers: Kwang-Kyoon Yeo, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Chinese Studies
Friday-Saturday, October, 17-18, 2008 180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College RoadColumbus, OH 43201

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 17, 2008
6-6:30 p.m. -- Welcoming RemarksPatricia Sieber (Director, East Asian Studies Center, The Ohio State University)
6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Keynote AddressDru Gladney (President, Pacific Basin Institute)"Pluralizing China: Many Worlds, Many Dreams"
7:30-9 p.m. -- Film and DiscussionTami Blumenfield (University of Washington)"Visitors of the Night""The Women's Kingdom"
Saturday, October 18, 2008
10 a.m.-12 p.m. -- Panel I: Local IdentitiesPresenters:Paul Nietupski (Historian, John Carroll University)Kevin Stuart (Folklorist and Educator, Qinghai Normal University)Du Yongtao (Historian, Washburn University)Discussant:Morgan Liu (Anthropologist, The Ohio State University)
12-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch Break
1:30-3:30 p.m. -- Panel II: Contesting VisionsPresenters:Nancy Chen (Anthropologist, University of California, Santa Cruz)Kwang-Kyoon Yeo (Anthropologist, The Ohio State University)Tami Blumenfield (Anthropologist, University of Washington)Discussant:Elana Chipman (Anthropologist, The Ohio State University)
3:30-4 p.m. -- Coffee Break
4-6 p.m. -- Panel III: Constructing NationsPresenters:Patricia Sieber (Chinese Literature, The Ohio State University)M├╝ehlhan Klaus (Historian, Indiana University)Ho-Fung Hung (Sociologist, Indiana University)Discussant:Derek Heng (Historian, The Ohio State University

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Friday, October 3, 2008

This is a Blog for OSU FSA!!!!

Dear all,

Please feel free to post or leave some comments in this blog space!!! It's OUS'S......

Keep in touch with each other and share news with each other!!!!

We are a wonderful and happy group!!!

Have a good day,