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"Celebrating East Asian Studies Scholarship: an Interdisciplinary Showcase" exhibition opens Feb. 16

Friday, February 3, 2012

A new East Asian exhibit, featuring the research of University of Kansas faculty and highlighting the library collections essential to their research, opens Thursday, February 16 at the Library Gallery in Watson Library.

The opening reception for “Celebrating East Asian Studies Scholarship: an Interdisciplinary Showcase” begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Xiaoya Trio (KU students JoAnn Doll, PuYin Bai and Chloe Hsun Lin) and refreshments, followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. with five KU faculty members: moderator Megan Greene, History (and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies) and panelists Keith McMahon, East Asian Languages and Cultures; John Kennedy, Political Science; Sherry Fowler, Art History; and Eric Rath, History.

Research projects and publications from KU faculty in the areas of film & media studies, East Asian languages and literature, political science, history and art history, will be on display, along with the research materials they used. Exhibited items will include artifacts, photos, posters, slides and a video interview, as well as books, journals and databases. Images from the East Asian rare collection of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU Libraries and slides of selected Asian art from the Spencer Museum of Art will be displayed to show the variety of East Asian studies resources at the University of Kansas.

“This exhibition illustrates KU Libraries’ commitment to supporting scholarly research on campus and encouraging collaboration between the Libraries and other cultural centers,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, chair of KU Libraries’ exhibits committee. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase some of KU’s East Asian Studies scholars and to bring attention to the many and varied East Asian resources available at KU.”

The exhibit opening is free and open to the public; RVSP by February 9 to Kristina Crawford (785-864-8961, to attend. The exhibit runs February 16 through April 13, and includes an online component at

The East Asian Library collection at KU Libraries primarily supports the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) programs at KU, and the teaching and study of East Asia in the mid-America region.  It is among the top 20 collections in North America and the 10th among public funded collections in the U.S. Primary languages collected are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English.  Other languages collected include Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, and European languages. To learn more, visit

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