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13th annual Asian Culture Week at Creighton explores preservation of indigenous cultures

Creighton University will celebrate the 13th annual Asian Culture Week, April 17 to 21, with presentations, roundtables and lectures centered on the variegated landscape of Asian culture, art and politics. This year’s Asian Culture Week theme is “Indigenous Cultures Preservation through Higher Education: An East-West Academic Discussion.”

Organized by the University’s Asian World Center, Asian Culture Week observes the diverse and changing sphere of Asia and the continent’s influences on the larger world.

The week kicks off Monday, April 17 with a roundtable seminar, “Lesson Globally Not Learned: A Historical Look at the Fate of Indigenous Cultures,” led by Sonya Stejskal, adjunct professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and past president of the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies. The roundtable will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104. A reception will follow.

Tuesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105, “Official Religious Policy in China and Eyewitness Reality of the Chinese Muslims” will be a public presentation hosted by speakers Audel Salazar, a Creighton East-West Studies graduate student and Maorong Jiang, PhD, professor of political science and director of Creighton’s Asian World Center. A reception will follow.

Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a lecture co-sponsored by the Creighton Department of Political Science and International Relations will take place in Room 105 of the Skutt Student Center. Richard Witmer, PhD, will give a talk titled “Forced Federalism: Indigenous Nations and State Government Relations.” A reception will follow.

Later on April 19, at 6 p.m., the documentary film “We Know Not What We Do,” directed by Elizabeth Baker, will screen in Room 105 of the Skutt Student Center. The film will be followed by a reception and question-and-answer session.

The week wraps up Friday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with conversations and a lunchtime lecture from Gregg Johnson, PhD, professor of political science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Valparaiso University. Johnson’s talk is titled “The China Factor and U.S.-Cuba Relations.

Asian Culture Week is co-sponsored by the University Non-Western Studies Committee and the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Creighton.

All events listed here are free and open to the public.

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