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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCLA CSEAS will transition all events and programs to virtual platforms for Fall 2020. We will be working and teaching remotely for the rest of 2020. We appreciate your understanding as we make the appropriate adjustments to protect students, faculty, staff and the community.

CSEAS Events

Wenner-Gren's Fall 2020 Webinar Series on the Future of Anthropology
Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific:
Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment

Panel 1: Defining the terms: Heritage, Landscapes, Indigenous Empowerment
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
8:00PM (Pacific Time)
Zoom Webinar

This panel will frame the direction of the webinar series. Moderated by Miriam Stark (UHM Anthropology), panel members discuss the main themes of the webinar series, with particular emphasis on a bottom-up approach to research. The panel highlights the role of community involvement in translational research and social/environmental justice movements. The panel emphasizes that the participation of stakeholder communities in research is the first step in redressing the marginalization of Indigenous communities. Danilyn Rutherford, President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation will also provide a brief introduction to the new Engaged Research Grant Program of the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Panelists: Kahlil Apuzen-Ito (FARMCOOP, Mindanao Philippines); Da-wie Kuan (National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan); Marlon Martin (Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Ifugao, Philippines); Stephen Acabado (UCLA Anthropology); Kelli Swazey (Universitas Gajah Mada, Indonesia)

Moderator: Miriam Stark (University of Hawaii-Manoa)

For more information about this 10-panel series:


If this webinar reaches maximum capacity, join us for the YouTube livestream posted here.

Innovative Movie Marketing and Promotion Strategies in the New Normal
As part of Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
8:00PM (Pacific Time)
YouTube Livestream @Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival


  • Manoj Punjabi (CEO, MD Pictures)
  • Ivan Makhsara (Content Manager, Poplicist Publicist)
  • Winston Utomo (Founder & CEO, IDN Media)
  • Akira Mizuta Lippit (Vice Dean of Faculty, USC School of Cinematic Arts)

Moderated by Yafi Fayruz and Andhika Annas Satria.

This event is free and no registration needed. For more info please contact:

This event is supported by Indonesian Consulate in Los Angeles, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Indonesian Bruins Student Association, PERMIAS Nasional, and PERMIAS Los Angeles. 

Community Events
Press Freedom and the Pandemic in Duterte’s Philippines:
Views from the Ground Up

Virtual mini-symposium hosted by University of Michigan Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Friday, September 18, 2020
12PM (Pacific Time)
Register for Zoom Link:
Fall 2020 Courses
Enroll now for Distance Learning Intermediate Burmese at UCLA
The Burmese language course is offered at UCLA for the academic year 2020-2021 through distance learning instruction with Kenneth Wong at UC Berkeley.
Enroll now for Distance Learning Khmer at UCLA
The Khmer language course is offered at UCLA for the academic year 2020-2021 through distance learning instruction with Frank Smith at UC Berkeley.
To view the Southeast Asian Studies course list for Fall 2020:
Teacher Resources
View information about ongoing professional development opportunities and curriculum resources for K-14 educators and language instructors.

COTSEAL/SEALC Workshop on Heritage Language & Project-Based Learning

COTSEAL and SEALC invite Southeast Asian language instructors from any US university or community college to apply to participate in the Heritage Language (HL) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Workshop hosted by UCLA.

Part 1 of this workshop will take place virtually on Zoom on October 23-24, 2020 and Part 2 will be in Spring 2021.

This workshop will introduce the principles and practices of Project-based Learning to participants in order to strengthen the development of instructional materials that can be incorporated into the curricula of Southeast Asian language classes. 

For application information and requirements:

Apply for this workshop:


The newly-formed Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies consortium was recently funded by a grant from the Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia.
The future of Indonesian filmmaking in the “new normal”

As the pandemic halts global movie production, filmmakers are adapting to new protocols and embracing more opportunities for Indonesian voices.
Engaging with modern Indonesian art through traditional materials

Katherine Bruhn (UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate) and contemporary artist Adam de Boer reflect on the history of Indonesian visual art and the integration of classic elements into hybrid forms.
Online Resources
Updates about COVID-19 for the UCLA community:
Bruin Safe Online
UCLA COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub:
Developed by UCLA Asian American Studies Center and
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

STAND Together during COVID-19:

Southeast Asia COVID-19 Tracker:
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