At our first experience week for 2019, students and guests will have the opportunity to participate in a full day of exciting activities that will enhance their learning, personal and professional development.
A Cambodian Spring, Friday 11th January, 12.00-15.30, CG76
A screening of award-winning documentary ‘A Cambodian Spring’ followed by a Q&A with the director and the monk who risked his position in his Buddhist community to help Cambodian civilians to protest.
The screening starts at midday, followed by a 30-minute break and then the Q&A 2.30-3.30pm.
Register for a seat here, all welcome: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/award-winning-cambodian-spring-documentary-screening-and-qa-with-director-tickets-53397911591
Letters from Myanmar, Friday 11th January, 15.30 – 16.30, WG48
A book reading and discussion by Professor Chris Mabey
As a western teenager in the 1960s Chris found himself embraced
by a Burmese family. Since then his curiosity has gradually deepened about the mysterious conundrum that is Myanmar.
- How can an assertive and glittering empire, ruling over much of South East Asia from the bejeweled palace at Ava be reduced to a secretive and isolated pariah state?
- How is it that a prosperous economic and educational hub on the Asian subcontinent can emerge, in the second millennium as a repressive military regime?
- How can a people renowned for their gentle hospitality and steeped in the benign pacifism of Buddhism stand by as students are gunned down in the popular uprising of 1988 or the barbaric ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya since 2017?
Chris will read and discuss some extracts from his forthcoming book. It is a first-hand glimpse from those who have lived through the unfolding history of this beguiling land. Through these ethnographic accounts we sample the distinctive flavours and smells, hear the wit and weariness and touch the fragile fabric of modern day Burma.
For the full schedule of all experience weeks’ activities, including optional events, see: Experience weeks 2018-19