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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 view the 2019 fall semester lecture series »

CSEAS Lecture Series. Last Flight to Bangkok: Reflections on 60 Years in Southeast Asia

Gayl D. Ness, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
Friday, October 25, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
In this lecture, Professor Gayl Ness will reflect on his sixty year career in Southeast Asian Studies, which has focused on development, environment-social organization, and human ecology. Specifically, he will discuss how rice production generates large empires with state-like political administration, and how the river systems in Vietnam encouraged strong political centralization in the North and political decentralization in the South. Further, Prof. Ness will detail how Southeast Asian geography relates to the high degree of independence of women throughout the region.

Gayl Ness is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on how geography or land forms affect social organization. He retired in 1997, but continues to teach a first year seminar on Population, Development, and Environment.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Cseas Lecture Series, Discussion, Lecture, Southeast Asia
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures