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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.

CSEAS Friday Lecture Series. The 1918 influenza pandemic in Indonesia and comparisons with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University
Friday, October 15, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Free and open to public. Register at

The 1918 influenza pandemic had a profound impact on Indonesia. This presentation highlights research on pandemic impacts on various aspects of key demographic aggregates in Indonesia. These include estimates of the toll of the pandemic in the absence of reliable birth and death registration data, the timing, size, and geographic spread of waves of infection and mortality, and the impacts of the pandemic on health policy in Indonesia. Where relevant, comparisons are made with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Speaker:
Siddharth Chandra is professor and director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University. His research interests include pandemics, the intersection of economics, health, and history in Asia, behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, and applications of portfolio theory to fields outside finance, for which the theory was originally developed. Much of his research is spatial and historical in nature. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his historical research, which has appeared or will appear in a variety of journals including the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Demography, the Journal of Global History, the Journal of Economic History, and the Journal of Asian Studies. His recent research on the influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 in Asia and the USA has been featured on BBC World as well as in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide. Professor Chandra received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, his AM (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and his BA (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was director of the Asian Studies Center and associate professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Area Studies, center for southeast asian studies, Cseas Lecture Series, Emerging Democracies, indonesia, Lecture, Southeast Asia, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures