Lunch and Learn Series

Come to a free talk through CAPI's Lunch and Learn Series (formerly our "Brown Bag Lectures") and learn more about current issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Lunch and Learn talks usually take place from 12:30 to 1:30 pm throughout the academic year and are open to the public.  Join us and expand your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region!

  • Spiriting Away the Homeless: Cambodia's Urban Apocalypse
    Feb 3 2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria BC

    This talk by Simon Springer (Department of Geography, UVic) examines the plight of homeless peoples in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a consequence of their enmeshment in a new logic of urban governance being effected by city officials and municipal planners. In this talk he will argue that the widespread adoption of free market economics has produced conditions of globalized urban entrepreneurialism from which Phnom Penh is clearly not exempt.

  • Book Launch: Undoing Border Imperialism with Harsha Walia
    Jan 29 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    , Victoria BC

    Undoing Border Imperialism is an exciting new book that situates immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labour exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. By providing the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization, this work offers relevant insights for all grassroots and social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation.

  • Working in Militant Environments
    Jan 22 2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria BC

    Ivan Somlai, Director of Global Collaboration and an Associate with CAPI, has lived and worked in many parts of the world where conflict and insurgencies are commonplace.In this talk, Ivan will speak about his recent experiences working in conflict zones, particularly in Pakistan and Nepal. He will discuss what the contributing factors to insurgency development are, who are the hidden and visible insurgents, and what are the particular challenges when working with these groups.

  • New Boss Same as the Old Boss? China's New Generation of Leaders Settles In
    Nov 20 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria

    Analyzing President Xi Jinping's first year as China's new leader, former CBC Asia Bureau Chief, Patrick Brown, reflects on the Communist Party's remarkable longevity and the difficulty of predicting what comes next.

  • UVic Book Launch: Finding Japan - Early Canadian Encounters with Asia
    Oct 29 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria, BC
    Early Canadian connections with Japan began much earlier, and were more significant, than many of us realize - beginning with a young, half Aboriginal son of a Hudson’s Bay trader who smuggled himself into Japan in 1848 by faking his own shipwreck.
    Anne Park Shannon will present surprising insights and intriguing images from Finding Japan, her new book about people who laid the foundation for Canada’s reach across the Pacific.
    Books available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • Book launch: Shadow Woman - The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton
    Oct 9 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria BC

    Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America's earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illuminated screen. Finding that this thousand-year-old forerunner of motion pictures was declining in China, Benton believed she could save the tradition by taking it to America.

  • Sharks on Pacific Coral Reefs
    Feb 6 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria, BC

    After focusing for many years on quantifying impacts of fisheries on large pelagic and ocean sharks (mostly in the Northwest Atlantic), Julia Baum's research is now focusing on sharks on Pacific coral reefs, and trying to understand how these large predators shape coral reef ecosystems, and what the consequences are of losing them.

  • Work Culture and Business Manners in East Asia
    Nov 5 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    , Victoria, BC

    Part of our Student Event Series. Come to the first of our new student-led lunch and learns. Find out more about work culture and business manners in East Asia and enjoy a slice of pizza with us!

  • Reflections on an Indian Variant of Liberalism
    Nov 1 2012 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria BC, UVic

    In this Lunch and Learn event, Dr. Rinku Lamba will consider certain prominent objections to the possibility of conceiving of an Indian variant of liberalism and offer responses to them.

  • Mongolia, Mining and Unavoidable Issues
    Oct 17 2012 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    , Victoria BC, UVic

    Having recently returned from consulting in Mongolia, Global Collaboration director and CAPI Associate, Ivan G. Somlai, provides a frank overview of the realities of large extractive industries and their interactions with government and communities. Aspects touched on include ownership, environment, governance, ethnic and social tensions -aspects which find resonance across the globe in similar contexts.