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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

Sinking City, Between Civilization and the Deep Blue Sea

A photography and video exhibition by photojournalist and filmmaker Marcin Szczepanski and writer Ben Logan, featuring the work of Frank Sedlar on modern solutions to Jakarta’s growing problem
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
International Institute Gallery School of Social Work Building Map
Jakarta, Indonesia has a serious problem with flooding. The city is literally sinking while also experiencing climate change related sea-level rise. Add to that the yearly heavy rainfall the city sees from the Southeast Asian monsoon and a population that has swelled beyond ten million due to rapid urbanization, and it’s easy to see why Jakarta’s infrastructure is experiencing significant strain. Jakarta isn’t an isolated example of this perfect storm. It represents the future difficulty that coastal cities all over the world are likely to face.

Understanding that lessons learned in Jakarta can have a global impact, University of Michigan alumus Frank Sedlar set out to help with flood mitigation in Jakarta. Frank earned his master of science degree from Michigan Engineering and also studied the Indonesian language while at the university. Photojournalist and filmmaker Marcin Szczepanski and writer Ben Logan from Michigan Engineering chronicled Frank’s experience while in Jakarta working on modern solutions to Jakarta’s growing problem.

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 21 at 5 PM at the International Institute Gallery. Refreshments will be served.
Building: School of Social Work Building
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: Asia, Climate Change, Exhibition, International, Southeast Asia, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, Michigan Engineering, International Institute, Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design, Asian Languages and Cultures
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