Each semester, the Pacific Basin Institute sponsors or co-sponsors several lectures and other events on campus.

Fall 2019 Events

“Indo-Pacific Crossings” Lecture Series

The Pacific Basin Institute presents a lecture series on the theme of "Indo-Pacific Crossings" in 2019-2020. This year's program turns to the sea, moving from the Pacific Basin to its Rim, to explore connections with a contiguous sea, the Indian Ocean. Through the theme of "Crossings" the series approaches the sea as a road between places and cultures. During the fall semester, the "Indo-Pacific Crossings" series features an interdisciplinary set of lectures on the oceanic history and anthropology of Indonesia, India, and Japan by Janet Hoskins (Professor of Anthropology, USC / Pomona College Class of 1975), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Distinguished Professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, UCLA), and Nile Green (Professor and Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History, UCLA). The program for Indo-Pacific Crossings also features a documentary film series on oceans, including a screening of Louis Malle's acclaimed The Silent World.

Wednesday, Oct 2
4:30 p.m., Hahn Hall 101
Janet Hoskins, Dept of Anthropology, USC/Pomona College ‘75
“Revisiting Sumba: Time, Calendars, and Notions of History on an Indonesian Island”

Tuesday, Oct 29
4:30 p.m., Hahn Hall 101
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Dept of History, UCLA
“Between Eastern Africa and Western India: Slavery and Commerce in the Early Modern Indian Ocean”

Tuesday, Nov 5
4:30 p.m., Hahn Hall 101
Nile Green, Dept of History, UCLA
“The Muslim Discovery of Japan”

Documentary Film Series

Wednesday, Sept 18
4:30 p.m., Studio Art Hall 122
Horses of Life and Death & The Feast in Dream Village

Wednesday, Oct 16
4:30 p.m., Studio Art Hall 122
The Silent World

Wednesday, Nov 20
4:30 p.m., Studio Art Hall 122
Morning of the Earth