Visiting Speakers

  • Thomas Foster

    Professor of History at DePaul University in Chicago and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer
    20 March 2017

    Thomas A. Foster is Professor of History at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. His teaching and research focuses on sexuality

  • Frans de Waal

    Ethologist and Biologist
    8 March 2017

    Frans de Waal , Gavin Flood and John van Wyhe will discuss what we can learn from animal behaviours that we can apply to the people and to the human condition. The panel will address questions about relationship between animal and human behaviour, empathy and the nature of moral behaviours, what we do “naturally” compared to what we do upon contemplation, and our interactions within and among groups.

  • Sarah Goff

    Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
    7 March 2017

    Sarah C. Goff is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. She presented her research, which proposes a way to understand how global supply chains relate to the institutions of global trade and how the fact that some global supply chains rely upon slave labour is relevant for justice in trade.

  • James Delano

    Environmental Photographer and Curator
    4 March 2017

    James Delano is a world-renowned photographer and author of four photobooks. He will lead a photography workshop, headline a public panel, give a Rector’s Tea for the Yale-NUS community, lay the groundwork for a gallery exhibit and consult with students and faculty during his stay in Singapore

  • Kellynn Wee

    Research and Communication Officer, Asia Research Institute
    1 March 2017

    Kellynn Wee works as the Research and Communications Officer for the Migrating out of Poverty Project at the Asia Research Institute (NUS). During her visit, she discussed debt-financed migration in Singapore’s Domestic Work Industry.

  • Lionel Chok

    Film Producer, Theatre Director, Creative Technologist; iMMERSiVELY VR
    15 February 2017

    Lionel Chok Ko Hon is a Singaporean film-maker and director with a special interest in Augmented and Virtual Reality. He produced London’s first ever 360 Virtual Reality Dance and spoke about and the future of virtual reality during his visit to Yale-NUS.

  • Rachel Harrison

    Professor of Thai Cultural Studies, SOAS, University of London
    15 February 2017

    Rachel Harrison is a Professor of Thai Cultural Studies at SOAS, University of London. She has published widely on issues of gender and sexuality, modern literature and cinema in Thailand, and the comparative literature of South East Asia. During her talk, she spoke about doctors and disease in the world of internationally acclaimed Thai filmmarker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

  • Donald Stadtner

    Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin
    10 February 2017

    Donald Stadtner presented a Keynote Address titled “The Buddha’s Golden Footprints and the King who was a Mole” during Yale-NUS’s Symposium on the Cultures of Myanmar.

  • Trevor Burnard

    Head, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
    9 February 2017

    Professor Trevor Burnard is the Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and an internationally recognized historian of early British America and the Atlantic World. Over the past decade, his work has been especially concerned with identity in the New World in the eighteenth century and with how settler societies have been formed, or have failed to form in plantation societies in the Caribbean and the Chesapeake.

  • Erik Assadourian

    Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute
    1 February 2017

    Erik Assadourian is a prolific writer and esteemed scholar of sustainability. As a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute, He has co-directed five editions of State of the World, including the upcoming State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education for Life on a Changing Planet. He also directs the institute's Transforming Cultures project, which explores innovative ways to supplant the spread of consumerism with more enduring cultures of sustainability.

  • Michael Shin

    Associate Professor of Geography, Founder and Director of Geospatial, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    1 February 2017

    Michael Shin is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His teaching and research interests include urban geography, urban analytics and political geography. During his visit, he used a field experiment conducted in Los Angeles to demonstrate how urban analytics can be used to promote civic engagement in smart cities.

  • Geronimo Johnson

    26 January 2017

    Geronimo Johnson is a fiction writer who has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He conducted a fiction writing workshop for the students.

  • Claire Clements

    Documentary Filmmaker
    24 January 2017

    Claire Clements is a documentary filmmaker from Australia specialising in natural history films. She has spent over three years in Singapore making wildlife documentaries, like the acclaimed Wild City Singapore series and Otter Town for National Geographic Wild. During her talk, she spoke about what it takes to be a National Geographic filmmaker.

  • Noami Clark

    Marine Scientist
    24 January 2017

    Noami Clark is a marine scientist who works on shark conservation projects locally and regionally. During her visit, she spoke about being a marine scientist on a mission to save sharks.

  • Jordan Sand

    Professor, Georgetown University
    19 January 2017

    Jordan Sand is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at Georgetown University. His talk focused on how massive growth in concern for cultural heritage manifested itself as a public issue in Tokyo in the 1970s.

  • Philip Yampolsky

    Artistic Director of the Music of Indonesia Series, Smithsonian Folkways
    18 January 2017

    Philip Yampolsky serves as the artistic director of the Music of Indonesia series at Smithsonian Folkways. As an ethnomusicologist, he has spent the past 16 months in Timor Leste and West Timor, documenting music performances that have never before been recorded. During his visit, he spoke about his experience in the field, the incredible performances he has been able to witness and the wonderful people he has met on the job.

  • Randy Kwei

    Advisory Partner, Shaw Kwei & Partners
    16 January 2017

    Randy Kwei is an Advisory Partner at Shaw Kwei & Partners. He has extensive experience working in the banking and investment sector at organisations such as Citibank and American Express. Mr Kwei also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of JK Capital Management for many years. During his visit, he shared his investment strategies and how his life experiences have enabled him to understand and outperform the Asian stock market, even in times of volatility and financial crises.