Cultural Studies

IAS Screens: Hmong Memory at the Crossroads

Join us for a free screening of this 2015 documentary, made in part with the support of the Humanities Without Walls Consortium. This film will be shown in the Best Buy Theater, on the 4th Floor of Northrop.

“Hmong Memory at the Crossroads” weaves the stories of three generations of Hmong refugees in the Midwest and France. Liachoua Naolu Lee, a Hmong-American from Rochester Hills, MI, revisits his past as a former refugee and son of Hmong veterans of the French Indochina War and of the American Secret War in Laos.

Arshiya Sethi | Politics, Performance, and Patronage: The Problematic in the National Recognition of the Dance of Assam's Sattras

In November 2000, India gave national recognition to the Dance of the Sattras of Assam, compelling it to live two lives – as religious ritual and as stage practice. This move has resulted in subtle yet significant changes to the dance—including the geography and gender of those practicing the dance, as well as its agenda, artistry, and content. This talk interrogates this federal maneuver as one driven by political expediency rather than artistic valorization.