The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University promotes positive peace – peace with security as well as justice and sustainability – through a broad array of activities, including research, publishing, service and civic engagement. The APPSI Lecture Series for Fall 2013 (presented in partnership with the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement and the Integrative Studies Across Cultures Program) focuses on the power of the arts to advance inter-cultural understanding and redress historical injustices.We're sorry, there are no events scheduled at this time.
In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Laura W. Allen, Curator of Japanese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Coinciding with the hosting of the America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay Area, “In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection” – now on exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco – presents 64 exceptional artworks spanning 1,100 years. (Larry Ellison is co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, and his Oracle Team USA is defending the America’s Cup.) The exhibition explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings, where artworks are often temporarily presented in response to a special occasion or to reflect the change of seasons.
Come join us to hear Dr. Allen’s insights about these rarely displayed artworks and the process of curating this wonderful exhibition.
Dr. Laura W. Allen earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley where she specialized in the history of Japanese painting. She has written widely on Japanese painting and woodblock prints, and has taught Asian Art history at many Bay Area campuses. Her most recent publications are two catalogues published by the Asian Art Museum, The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection and In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection.
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., will moderate.
This is part of the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute Lecture Series
Impressionists on the Water: A Curator's View
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Speaker: Melissa Buron, Assistant Curator of European Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Coinciding with the hosting of the America’s Cup races in the SF Bay Area, the special exhibit “Impressionists on the Water” celebrates another side of nautical life. More than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro—as well as by Post-Impressionists like Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—reveals not only breathtaking artistry but also a deep appreciation for pleasure boating and competition.
Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, “Impressionists on the Water” will be on view at the Legion of Honor through October 13, 2013, and at the Peabody Essex Museum in winter 2013. Melissa Buron, Assistant Curator of European Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will provide a glimpse into the planning and organization of this exciting and popular exhibition. How did the exhibition come to San Francisco? What challenges were faced during the installation of life-size boats? Which paintings have hidden meanings beneath the surface? What is the connection between this exhibition and the Sausalito houseboats? This lecture is intended for all audiences, including students, general art lovers and boating enthusiasts visiting for the America’s Cup.
Melissa Buron is the Assistant Curator for European Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University (2005) where she earned a BA with Honors in art history. She also holds a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in art history from the University of London, Birkbeck College (2007). Her recent publications include an essay on Andrea Mantegna in Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2011) as well as selected further reading in Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2013) and the plate commentary and selected further reading in Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay (San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books, 2010).
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., will moderate.
Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Join us for a conversation with Karen J. Coates and Jerry Redfern, authors of the forthcoming book Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian, 2013).
Between 1964 and 1973, in an offshoot of the Vietnam War, the U.S. military dumped 4 billion pounds of explosives on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed place on earth. Up to 30 percent of those bombs did not detonate, and they remain in the Laotian soil today as UXO—unexploded ordnance—contaminating more than one-third of surface area of the country.
Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in UXO accidents after the war officially ended. 2013 marks 40 years since the last bombs fell. Yet every week, more Laotians are hurt and killed.
Coates and Redfern spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters, people who make and use tools from UXO, people who hunt for death beneath the earth and render it harmless. With their words and photographs, they reveal the beauty of Laos, the strength of Laotians, and the commitment of bomb-disposal teams. They aim to educate readers—especially Americans—about this little-known legacy of war, and encourage a renewed commitment to redressing historical injustices and building positive peace.
Karen J. Coates and Jerry Redfern are both senior fellows at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. They have lived and traveled extensively in Asia, covering food, environment, health and human rights for publications around the world. They also teach writing and photography to journalists in the developing world.
Presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute in cooperation with Asia Society Northern California and Japan Policy Research Institute. Cosponsored by the HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures Program, St. Mary’s College of California History Department and International Area Studies Program, and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.