University of Pittsburgh
September 4, 2008

Pitt's Asian Studies Center to Present Fall 2008 "Asia Over Lunch" Lecture Series

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the Fall 2008 "Asia Over Lunch" lecture series at noon on Thursdays beginning Sept. 25, 4130 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. Asian Studies is part of Pitt's University Center for International Studies.

The dates, presenters, and titles of the lectures are as follows:

Sept. 25

Richard Scaglion, professor of anthropology, University of Pittsburgh,

"Why Is Pacific Islands Studies Part of Asian Studies? Asian Connections in Pacific Prehistory";

Oct. 2

Louise Comfort, professor of public and urban affairs, University of Pittsburgh,

"Building Resilience Through Sociotechnical Systems: Early Tsunami Detection for Sumatra, Indonesia";

Oct. 9

A.S.M. Ali Ashraf, doctoral student of public and international affairs, University of Pittsburgh, "International Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism: A Comparative Case Study of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia";


Xiuying Zou, public service librarian, East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh,

"Update on Chinese New Electronic Databases";

Oct. 23

Wei Wang, Ph.D. candidate in economics, University of Pittsburgh,

"Health Care Financing and Delivery in China: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions";

Oct. 30

Charles Perfetti, University Professor of Psychology and director of the

Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh,

"Reading and Writing Chinese";

Nov. 6

Martha Chaiklin, assistant professor of history, University of Pittsburgh,

"Simian Amphibians: The Mermaid Trade in Early Modern Japan"; and

Nov. 13

Mason M.S. Kim, Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Pittsburgh

"Globalization and Social Protection in South Korea and Singapore."

Titles of lectures are subject to change. For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at 412-648-7370.