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September 2015

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, September 25, at 6 p.m. in Kennamer Room of the Powell Building.

Free food, drink, and entertainment.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at EKU, and the UNICEF Club at Model.


Vandenberg to Teach and Create Art in Japan

Melissa Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Design, has been selected to travel to Hokuto City, Japan on October 12-24, 2015 as part of an exchange program with the Madison County International Committee (MCIC) and the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP).

Kopacz Attended Japan Studies Institute

Dr. Paula Kopacz, Professor of English and Foundation Professor, received a Japan Studies Institute Fellowship and a Nippon Foundation Fellowship to attend the 2015 Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University on June 8-21, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Former Political Prisoner Calls for Response to Discrimination


Peace advocate and human rights activist Wai Wai Nu called on Eastern’s students to encourage the U.S. government to work with the Burmese government to move toward a solution for a serious human rights issue that has affected her and her community.

Nguyen to Present at Global Citizenship Conference

On October 2, 2015, Dr. Minh Nguyen is scheduled to present a paper entitled "The Role of the Humanities in Education for Global Citizenship" at the 3rd Annual Tarrant County College Global Citizenship Conference: Think Globally, Practice Locally at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX.

Speaker to Reflect on Human Rights in Myanmar

Wai Wai Nu, a former political prisoner from the community of Rohingya in Myanmar, has dedicated her young life to working for human and women's rights.

Nguyen Presented Conference Paper on Teaching Chinese Philosophy

On April 11, Dr. Minh Nguyen presented a paper titled "The Dao of Teaching Chinese Philosophy: Lessons from a Survey" at the 2015 Joint Meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and the Kentucky Philosophical Association at Owensboro Community and Technical College. The paper is co-authored by Dr.

Ashby Presented Conference Paper on the Rhetoric of Japaneseness

On March 6, Dr. Dominic Ashby presented a paper titled "Idealized Girlhood and the Rhetoric of Japaneseness: The Figure of the Japanese Schoolgirl as a Trope for Maintaining Regional Identity" at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Kentucky Philological Association at Northern Kentucky University.

Underwood Published Journal Article on Enlisting the Family in Missions in Korea

In April, Dr. Elizabeth Underwood published an article titled "Enlisting the Family in Missions to Korea," in Studies in World Christianity 21, no. 1 (2015): 38-51. The abstract is available here 

Underwood Presented Paper at International Conference on Korean Studies

On June 4-5, Dr. Elizabeth Underwood attended the Ninth International Conference on Korean Studies: Early Christian Experiences in Korea (KICKS 2015), at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea, where she presented a paper titled "Miracles vs. Modernity: Contested Images of Korean Christianity and the Role of American Missionaries."

Business Education Abroad Course with an 11-Day Trip to China: Fall Semester 2015

Travel dates: October 8-18, 2015
Open to all EKU students
Cities to be visitied: Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou

Chautauqua Series Asks "What If?"

As much as finding the answers, a college education is about learning to ask questions.

That's why Eastern Kentucky University is devoting its 2015-16 Chautauqua Lecture Series to the simple query, "What If?"

Three Asian Studies Faculty Members Named Salzburg Global Seminar Fellows

Three Asian Studies faculty members--Drs. Ed Fenton, Wanju Huang, and Minh Nguyen--were named Salzburg Global Seminar Fellows (

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