(3) Asia Subjects

Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War

by Thomas Berg

In her book Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting Keever champions women as capable war correspondents and trounces the misconception that the American press “lost” the war.  Berg discusses Keever’s exploration of the war’s poorly understood and under-appreciated earliest years, and how she demonstrates that the president and his advisers—by hubris, ignorance, and choice—missed significant opportunities to understand and fight the war.

Nebraska Goes to China: Research, Education and Relations with Asia’s Rising Power

by Patrice McMahon

Why has China become such an important trade and education partner and what kinds of activities are under way? What does it mean for the state and what’s behind the state’s interest in global engagement? McMahon discusses Nebraska’s current relationships with China.

Caste, Class and Gender: Women’s Work in India

by Meenakshi N. Dalal

This presentation is based on Dalal’s field study of women’s work in rural India. It treats such topics as arranged marriages and the dowry system, the seclusion of women, the caste system and the variety of women’s work in India. Dalal’s presentation is accompanied by a slide show.

A Visitor from Russia

by Richard Kimbrough

Kimbrough assumes the personage of Dr. Viktor Ustinov, a Russian visiting the U.S.A. He points out cultural differences ranging from food to education to marriage. Later in the program he drops his “Russian” accent and addresses the audience as himself, but before he assumes his real identity, the audience will be forced to think about cultural and political differences. He has presented this program more than 500 times all across the nation.

The Diversity of Life in South Asia

by Robert Stoddard

This program focuses on the everyday lives of people in South Asia, especially India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, as expressed in their work, folk art, architecture and religion. Emphasis can be adjusted according to the needs of your group. This is not a travelogue. Rather, the contents draw upon the experiences of the presenters during several periods of living and studying in South Asia. The presentation may consist of either explanations and interpretations of colored photographs (that would be displayed best as wall hangings) or commentaries on slide photos.

Goddess Worship

by Meenakshi N. Dalal

This program uses slides and discusses “Worship of Goddess Durga,” the biggest festival in West Bengal during early autumn. The status of women in India is explored along with the cultural discussion.

Cultural Practices in India

by Meenakshi N. Dalal

Dalal discusses the many facets of Indian tradition and culture, including arranged marriage, the caste system and goddess worship.

T.E. Lawrence, the Arab Revolt, and World War I in the Middle East

by John Calvert

This talk examines World War I’s dark inheritance in the Middle East. Drawing on a rich cast of characters — T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), the Hashimite princes of the Arab Revolt, British and French colonial officials – the talk brings to life the making of the modern Middle East, explaining how the post-war imperial carve-up laid the foundations of future conflict and poisoned relations between the Middle East and the West.