Visiting Speakers

  • Jan Rüger and Sean Connelly

    Professor of History, Birkbeck University of London; Artist in Residence, Nanyang Technological University Center for Contemporary Art
    11 December 2018

    Jan Rüger is a Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. His focus is on Britain and Germany in Europe and the world. He is the author of The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire and joint editor of Rewriting German History.

    Dr Sean Connelly is an artist, urban ecologist and architect. His research addresses the role of innovative design in recovering ahupua‘a, a traditional Hawaiian spatial configuration.

  • Venka Purushothaman

    Academic Vice President and Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts
    3 December 2018

    Dr Venka Purushothaman is the Academic Vice President and Provost of LASALLE College of the Arts. He is an academic, award-winning art writer and arts & cultural leader with a distinguished career in arts higher education and the cultural and creative industries.

  • Bodo Wilts

    Ambizione Fellow, Adolphe Merkle Institute
    19 November 2018

    Dr Bodo Wilts is an Ambizione Fellow at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. His research is on Computational Physics and Optics.

  • Eirliani Abdul Rahman

    Executive Director, Youth, Adult Survivors & Kin In Need (YAKIN)
    15 November 2018

    Eirliani Abdul Rahman is an Executive Director of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), a not-for-profit she co-founded with Associate Professor Daniel Fung, to help child victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. She was featured in the book Majulah! 50 Years of the Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore published in 2016. Twitter named her one of the 21 influencers in Singapore.

  • Kristie Dotson

    Professor of Epistemology, Michigan State University
    14 November 2018

    Kristie Dotson is a Professor of Epistemology at Michigan State University. She specialises in Black feminism, feminist epistemology and the critical philosophy of race.

  • Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz

    Research Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
    8 November 2018

    Dr Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz is a Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is broadly interested in the intellectual and transnational history of Southeast Asia.

  • Antonio H Castro Neto

    Director of the Center for Advanced 2D Materials, National University of Singapore
    7 November 2018

    Antonio H Castro Neto is the Director of the Graphene Research Centre and Distinguished Professor at the National University of Singapore. His research interests lie in graphene, strongly correlated systems and disordered magnetic systems.

  • Audrey Chia

    Associate Professor of Management and Organisation, NUS Business School and Saw She Hock School of Public Health
    7 November 2018

    Audrey Chia is Associate Professor of Management & Organisation at the NUS Business School and holds a joint appointment at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Using leadership and change as theoretical foundations, she studies how social and health problems can be addressed by social entrepreneurship and innovative philanthropy. She is interested in multi-sector collaborations that address social and health challenges and her health-related research includes studies on improving health at work and evaluation of public-private collaboration for integrated care.

  • Simone Marchesi

    Associate Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University
    7 November 2018

    Simone Marchesi is an Associate Professor of French and Italian at Princeton University. His main research area is the dialogue with classical and late-antique texts engaged by medieval Italian writers, especially Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.

  • Ilaria Marchesi

    Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics, Hofstra University
    5 November 2018

    Ilaria Marchesi is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics and Director of the Classics Programme at Hofstra University. She is trained in both Greek and Latin philology, but her research interests focus on the Latin literature of the early empire.

  • Frederick Altice

    Professor of Medicine, Yale University of School of Medicine and Public Health
    1 November 2018

    Professor of Medicine Frederick Altice is a clinical epidemiologist and intervention researcher at Yale University School of Medicine. Prof Altice’s primary research examines the relationship between infectious diseases and substance use disorders. His work has also focused on the criminal justice system, examining linkages between the community and correctional settings.

  • Kristin Chen

    1 November 2018

    Kirsten Chen’s latest novel, Bury What We Cannot Take has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and Instyle among others. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.

  • Richard Wilk

    Distinguished Professor and Provost’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University
    31 October 2018

    Dr Richard Wilk is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, where he founded the Indiana University Food Institute. Trained as an economic and ecological anthropologist, his research has covered many aspects of global consumer culture. Much of his recent work has turned towards the global history of food and sustainable consumption.

  • Kathleen Wilson

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, Suny Brook University
    30 October 2018

    Kathleen Wilson is a Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University. Her scholarship addresses issues of identity and difference in 18th century Britain and its empire.

  • Maria Clara Dominguez

    Director, Cali Zoological Foundation
    30 October 2018

    Maria Clara Dominguez has served as the Director of the Fundación Zoologica de Cali since 1987, overseeing the administration of the Municipal Zoo in Cali, Colombia.

  • Stephen Jenkins

    Professor, Humboldt State University
    29 October 2018

    Stephen Jenkins is Professor of Religious Studies at Humboldt State University. His research has been primarily focused on Indian Buddhist concepts of compassion, their philosophical grounding, and their ethical implications.

  • Kay Vasey

    Founder and Chief Connecting Officer, MeshMinds
    25 October 2018

    Kay Vasey is the founder and Chief Connecting Officer of MeshMinds, an impact investor in creative technology for good. Prior to that, Ms Vasey was an international technology lawyer focused on content licensing. As Head of Arts at The British Council, she spearheaded ground-breaking artist-in-residence programmes between Singapore and the UK and took the lead on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore International Foundation.

  • S. Iswaran

    Minister for Communications and Information & Minister in-charge of Trade Relations
    25 October 2018

    Mr S Iswaran is currently Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, focusing on strengthening the InfoComm, Media and Design sectors and accelerating digital transformation across the economy. He is concurrently Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations at the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he oversees bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.

  • Richard Bell

    Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland
    24 October 2018

    Richard Bell is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of fellowships at Cambridge University, the American Antiquarian Society, The Huntington Library, Yale University and the Library of Congress.

  • Aljosie Aldrich Harding

    Social Justice Activiste
    22 October 2018

    Aljosie Aldrich Harding, a social justice activist, is a “citizen of a country that does not yet exist.” Committed to nurturing young activists, she engages in intergenerational dialogues and non-violent social change action, sharing experiences, wisdom and insights from six decades of life and work in justice and peace movements in the US and abroad. Ms Harding directs the Women of the Institute of the Black World Oral History Project, a joint venture with Vanderbilt University, and continues the research, writing and mentoring she shared with her co-worker, partner and late husband, Dr Vincent Harding.

  • Kristina Wirtz

    Linguistic and Cultural Anthropologist, Western Michigan University
    19 October 2018

    Dr Kristina Wirtz is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University. She studies popular religion, race and performance in eastern Cuba and linguistic diversity, identity and inequality in the US.

  • Yujoo Han and Boey Kim Cheng

    17 October 2018

    Yujoo Han is a South Korean writer. Her debut novel, The Impossible Fairytale, translated into English and French from Korean, is her fourth work after three previously published collections of short stories.

    Boey Kim Cheng is the author of five books of poetry, a travel memoir entitled Between Stations, and most recently, a historical novel about the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu entitled Gull Between Heaven and Earth. He teaches creative writing at Nanyang Technological University.

  • Samir Chaib

    Venture Capital Investor, GREE Ventures
    16 October 2018

    Samir Chaibi is an early-stage venture capital investor at GREE Ventures, a US $120 million pan-Asia fund headquartered in Tokyo and investing in Japan, India and Southeast Asia. He joined GREE Ventures in 2017 and currently heads the fund's investments in Indonesia while also covering the larger Southeast Asia region.

  • Tan Cheng Bock

    Singaporean Politician
    16 October 2018

    Tan Cheng Bock is a Singaporean politician and medical practitioner. He was formerly a member of Singapore's governing People's Action Party and a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 2006.

  • William Rando

    Associate Dean and Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching, University of Chicago.
    11 October 2018

    William Rando is Associate Dean and Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching at the University of Chicago. Rando started his professional career teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. For the past 30 years, he has taught undergraduate courses, developed centres for teaching and learning, and served in leadership positions in higher education and in organisations that advance teaching.

  • Suchen Christine Lim

    9 October 2018

    Suchen Christine Lim is a Singapore author of novels and short stories. Her most recent novel, The River’s Song, was launched during the Singapore Writers’ Fest 2013. It was featured in Kirkus Reviews as one of “The Best Books of 2015”.

  • Vijay Desai

    Founder, Desai Management Consulting
    9 October 2018

    Vijay Desai founded Desai Management Consulting, a Vermont, US-based professional services business serving customers in all industry sectors throughout North America. He is currently serving as its Principal Consultant and Managing Partner, and is also on the Board of Directors for Technology for Tomorrow, a non-profit organisation providing affordable technology education to under-served communities.

  • Eli Friedman

    Associate Professor, Cornell University
    2 October 2018

    Eli Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School, Cornell University. His primary areas of interest are China, development, education, social movements, urbanisation, and work and labour. Dr Friedman currently has two major research projects, the first of which looks at state responses to worker unrest in China and the development of labour relations institutions. The second project is a study of Chinese urbanisation, with a particular focus on access to education for rural to urban migrants.

  • Zhuang Wubin

    Writer, Curator and Artist
    2 October 2018

    Zhuang Wubin is a writer, curator and artist who focuses on the photographic practices in Southeast Asia.

  • Joan Liu

    University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia, East Campus in Singapore
    18 September 2018

    Joan Liu is an advisor in the International College Counselling Office at the United World College of South East Asia, East Campus in Singapore. In 2018, Ms Liu led a pro bono global effort to support 60 Nepalese students whose scholarships had been cancelled by a US university, and was able to place more than 50 of them at new universities. She also launched a cohort scholarship program for high impact counsellors working with high achieving, low-income international students from under-represented regions. This programme received “Rising Star” recognition at the National Association of College Admission Counselling. She spoke about how her career in education enables educators around the world to support high achieving, low-income international students in their journey to access international higher education.

  • Debananda Misra

    Doctoral Student & Teaching Fellow, University College London
    12 September 2018

    Debananda Misra is a doctoral student and teaching fellow at University College London’s Institute of Education. His thesis focuses on regional engagement as a means for higher educational institutions to work with regional stakeholders (e.g. industry bodies, government agencies, development organisations) for their own development in India. He explored whether the future of new universities can be explored.

  • Weihsin Gui

    Associate Professor of English, University of California-Riverside
    12 September 2018

    Weihsin Gui is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Riverside. He works on global anglophone literatures and contemporary British literature, postcolonial theory, cultural theories of nationalism, diaspora, and globalisation, and theories of aesthetics and form. He is the author of National Consciousness and Literary Cosmopolitics: Postcolonial Literature in a Global Moment. His talk was titled “Braiding Stories In The Graphic Novels of Sonny Liew & Koh Hong Teng”.

  • Sheila Wee

    Professional Storyteller
    8 September 2018

    Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller for 19 years and has been described as a godmother of Singapore storytelling. She co-founded Singapore’s first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company and has taught, or mentored most of the professional storytellers now active in Singapore. Ms Wee is a founding Professional Member and Committee Member, a three-term President, three-term Vice-President and the current Workshop Chair of the Storytelling Association (Singapore). She taught a workshop on how to use personal stories to create an impact.

  • Chua Jun Yan

    Yale Alumni
    27 August 2018

    Chua Jun Yan graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with exceptional distinction in his major, History. Mr Chua has received the Hubbard Curtis Prize for Excellence in English, a Ten Eyck prize for public speaking, and an invitation by Sterling Memorial Library to curate the exhibit, “Sociologist with a Conscience: Raymond Kennedy and the Making of the Global United States.” The year, he received the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize, awarded to the senior who “through the combination of intellectual achievement, character and personality, shall be adjudged by the faculty to have done the most for Yale by inspiring in his or her classmates an admiration and love for the best traditions of high scholarship.” He was the guest speaker at the Saga College Rector’s Tea.

  • Lorcan Dempsey

    Vice President & Chief Strategist
    23 August 2018

    Lorcan Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). He has worked for library and educational organisations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognised. Mr Dempsey began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Mr Dempsey, has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin. He discussed three environmental trends emerging in the network environment: changing learning behaviours; reconfiguration of the network information environment; and the greatly expanded scope of library collections.

  • Balli Kaur Jaswal and Pooja Nansi

    Writer and Poet
    21 August 2018

    Balli Kaur Jaswal's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Best Australian Short Stories. She was the recipient of the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist Award for her debut novel Inheritance. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia and Nanyang Technological University. Her internationally acclaimed novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, was a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick, with film rights acquired by director Ridley Scott.

    Pooja Nansi is Singapore's first Youth Poet Ambassador. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Stiletto Scars and Love is An Empty Barstool. Her one woman show You Are Here, which explores a family history of migration, was first showcased as part of the Esplanade's Studio series in 2016 and has since toured to Australia for the Queensland Poetry Festival. She was a recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016 and her latest work Thick Beats for Good Girls in conjunction with Checkpoint Theatre in April 2018 explored the intersections between feminism, hip hop and race.

    The authors read from their recent work.

  • Susan Shultz

    Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy
    21 August 2018

    A Foreign Service Officer for the last 20 years, Susan Shultz previously served in Turkey, Kenya, India, Slovenia, Australia, and Washington, D.C. – building connections and understanding between the U.S. and the countries she has called home. Her experience ranges from being tagged the ‘earthquake officer’ for the coordination of relief, visits, and follow-on programmes after Turkey’s disastrous earthquakes, to her HIV-AIDS work in Kenya, and oversight of public affairs programming in Melbourne, Ljubljana and Kolkata. Ms Shultz is originally from the Chicago area and attended Stanford University. She was the guest speaker at the Saga College Rector’s Tea.

  • Jonathan Marshall

    Psychotherapist, Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer
    15 August 2018

    Jonathan Marshall is a psychotherapist, executive coach and leadership trainer. He’s held faculty positions at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. He’s currently a coach and supervisor at INSEAD and a lecturer of leadership studies at Yale-NUS College. A third-generation Singaporean, Mr Marshall received his BA and PhD at Stanford University and did his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Business School. He spoke about leadership fundamentals and leadership camp.

  • Andrea Clearfield

    18 April 2018

    Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance and multimedia collaborations. She creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. Her works are performed widely in the United States and internationally. Among her 150 works are ten cantatas, including one commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship and a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts.

  • Arthur Kleinman

    Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Medical Anthropology, and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University
    18 April 2018

    Arthur Kleinman has directed Harvard’s Asia Center for a decade. His research interests include public health in Asia, caretaking policy, and mental health and psychiatry. He spoke about global mental health and ageing in Asia, particularly the challenges faced by families, communities, professionals, and institutions as Asia sees significant changes in demographics and cultural values.

  • Gianna Mosser

    Editor-in-chief of Northwestern University Press
    12 April 2018

    In her role as editor-in-chief, Gianna Mosser acquires works in critical ethnic studies, gender studies, comparative literature, theater and performance, and early modern literature. She is a member of the Association of American University Presses, where she previously served as the chair of the professional development committee. She shared industry insights and talked about her career journey.

  • Elissa Epel and Becca Levy

    Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
    10 April 2018

    Dr Elissa Epel’s research aims to elucidate mechanisms of healthy aging, and to apply this basic science to scalable interventions that can reach vulnerable populations. Dr Becca Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. They spoke about their research on healthy ageing.

  • Pritam Singh

    Assistant Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party of Singapore
    10 April 2018

    Pritam Singh was elected to Parliament in 2011, representing the Group Representative Constituency of Aljunied. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2000 with a degree in History. He was called to the Bar in 2012 after graduating with a Juris Doctor post-graduate degree from Singapore Management University. He spoke about the role legislation can play in countries around the world to combat deliberate online falsehoods, or “fake news.” This talk was part of the President’s Office In Conversation speaker series.

  • Edwin Ng and Mushim Patricia Ikeda

    Author and cultural theorist; Social Justice Educator and Diversity Consultant
    6 April 2018

    Edwin Ng's scholarly and media writings address the colonial legacy of contemporary Buddhism and the ethics and politics of mindfulness. Mushim Patricia Ikeda is the recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. They spoke about how to cultivate radical self-care using practices of critical inquiry, contemplative exercises and social justice engagements. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Diversity Week.

  • David Carlin, Noelle Q De Jesus, Peter Parsons, and Nuraliah Norasid

    5 April 2018

    David Carlin is a Professor at RMIT University, Australia and co-President of the NonfictionNOW Conference. Noelle Q De Jesus is a Filipino American writer who won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the Short Story. Peter Parsons is a documentary filmmaker and short story writer. Nuraliah Norasid is the winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. They read from their work and led workshops for students as part of Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Andrew Wong

    Head of Portfolio Strategies at a leading long-term investor
    3 April 2018

    Andrew Wong is an international markets advisor to the Bank of England and the Singapore government. Mr Wong spoke about the importance of the humanities and interdisciplinary thinking in international macroeconomics and finance.

  • Chan Lishan

    Writer and Mental Health Advocate
    3 April 2018

    Chan Lishan is a mental health advocate who believes in changing the world through the power of stories. Her book, A Philosopher’s Madness (Ethos Books) generated 49 speaking engagements and 22 media engagements, promoting dialogue and discussion about mental health in society. This talk took place on Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Darren Ho

    Entrepreneur and Athlete
    3 April 2018

    Darren Ho has been working with start-ups for 17 years. He started and sold four start-ups and experienced failure with another two, in addition to pioneering Video on Demand and live streaming services for amateur sports in Singapore. He advocates a positive message of inclusion through his Inclusion Runs for invisible disability and also participates in ultra-endurance races. Mr Ho is a board member of the Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Dawn-Joy Leong

    3 April 2018

    Dawn-Joy Leong is an autistic artist-researcher who presents autism as a parallel embodiment, and investigates mind-body-elemental empathic connections through immersive multi-art installations of music, video, photography, storytelling, poetry, visual art and performance. Ms Leong is a board member of the Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. This talk took place on the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Fred Cordeiro

    Executive Director of Clarity Singapore Limited
    3 April 2018

    Fred Cordeiro is the Executive Director of Clarity Singapore Limited, a charity that serves persons with mental health issues. After a first career in banking and finance, Mr Cordeiro obtained his Master in Guidance and Counselling and BSc (Hons) Psychology to begin a second career in social service and academia. Mr Cordeiro spoke about the intersection of religion and mental health as part of Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills

    Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association
    3 April 2018

    Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is the Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association in Singapore. With her background in public policy studies, she is focused on making sure that disability policy is based on the social model of disability, in consultation with persons with disabilities. She spoke about creating inclusive environments for invisible disability in Singapore. This talk took place on Disability Day during the Dean of Student Office's Diversity Week.

  • Radiah Salim and Yohanna Abdullah

    Representatives from Club HEAL
    3 April 2018

    Radiah Salim is the Founder and President of Club HEAL, a non-profit organisation committed to helping people with mental health issues. Her past experience as a resident medical officer at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore and her personal experience as a caregiver inspired her to form Club HEAL. Yohanna Abdullah is a writer and editor at Club HEAL, as well as a mental health advocate. She has written four books, which have all been translated into Malay, and one into Mandarin. This talk took place during the Dean of Student Office’s Disability Day during Diversity Week.

  • Sim Chi Yin

    29 March 2018

    Singapore’s first Nobel Peace Prize photographer Sim Chi Yin travelled 6,000 kilometres along the China-North Korea border and through six states in United States, to create a series of pictures reflecting on humans’ experience with nuclear weapons. Ms Sim spoke on this work, and explored how art can offer ways to grapple with issues of international politics. She also discussed some of her earlier works, and her evolution as a story-teller.

  • Alison Young

    Francine V McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
    28 March 2018

    Alison Young has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces. She reflected on her journey from law student, to criminologist, to world-renowned street art expert.

  • Linda Lim

    Professor Emerita of Corporate Strategy and International Business, Stephen M Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
    28 March 2018

    Linda Lim has taught at the Stephen M Ross School of Business for over 20 years. She also served as Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. Dr Lim spoke about the roles and linkages between academic freedom, innovation and racial, gender and national identity in Singapore, and elsewhere in Asia. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Thomas Kessler

    Director of Swiss Re
    27 March 2018

    Thomas Kessler is Head for Southeast Asia at Swiss Re, responsible for implementing innovative insurance solutions with the public sector. Mr Kessler serves as Principle Finance Specialist at the Asian Development Bank since April 2018, integrating Risk Transfer mechanisms into comprehensive Disaster Finance, Infrastructure Project Finance and Developing Market Finance solutions. He spoke about poverty and the impact of climate change in Asian developing countries.

  • Lai Ah Eng

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
    22 March 2018

    Lai Ah Eng’s recent appointments include senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS); the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS; and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Dr Lai reflected on multiculturalism in Singapore through sharing of common spaces in everyday life, racism and structural inequalities, and immigration, integration and citizenship status. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Lysley Tenorio and Darryl Whetter

    15 March 2018

    Lysley Tenorio is the author of the story collection Monstress, which won the 2015 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Professor of English at Saint Mary's College of California. Dr Darryl Whetter is the inaugural programme leader of the first Creative Writing MA in Singapore and Southeast Asia (at LASALLE College of the Arts). He is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections.

  • Peter Kuznick

    Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University
    13 March 2018

    Peter Kuznick is the author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America (University of Chicago Press) and co-author of two books about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in 1984. He was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and remains active in antiwar and nuclear abolition efforts. In 1995, he founded American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute. He spoke about the fall of American influence internationally.

  • Manu Bhaskaran

    Director of Centennial Group and Founding Director and CEO of Centennial Asia Advisors
    12 March 2018

    Manu Bhaskaran has more than 30 years of expertise in economic and political risk assessment and forecasting in Asia. Mr Bhaskaran spoke about the viability of Singapore’s economic model in an era of disruption and dislocation. This event is part of the Dean of Faculty office’s ‘Singapore in Focus’ lecture series.

  • Ko Ko Thettand O Thiam Chin

    Poet and Novelist
    21 February 2018

    O Thiam Chin is the author of five collections of short fiction and two novels. His debut novel, Now That It’s Over, won the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015 and the Best Fiction title at the 2017 Singapore Book Awards. Ko Ko Thett is a poet, poetry editor, translator, and anthologist of contemporary Burmese poetry. His most recent book in English is The Burden of Being Burmese, published by Zephyr in 2015.

  • Nicole Kwan

    Adjunct Associate Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    20 February 2018

    Nicole Kwan teaches “Doing Business in China” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and taught previously at Stanford and Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics. She has over 20 years of international banking experience in Asia, focusing on China. She spoke about China’s development model and its ever-expanding impact on international business.

  • Roland Fletcher

    Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology at University of Sydney
    13 February 2018

    Roland Fletcher is a world-renowned archaeologist, famous for his Greater Angkor Project in the late 1990s, which analysed the limits of low density urbanism to uncover the complex rural-urban system of Angkor between the 7th and the 16th centuries. He reflected on his professional journey in the field of archaeology.

  • Jonathan Hung and Lynette Tan

    President; and Executive Director, Singapore Space and Technology Association
    12 February 2018

    Jonathan Hung and Lynette Tan shared about their career journeys and why the space industry is looking for liberal arts majors. Jonathan Hung is also a Director of Business Development, Global Operations & Head of the Advanced Incubation Centre at Singapore Space and Technology Association.

  • Helga Nowotny

    Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich and Former President of the European Research Council, ERC
    8 February 2018

    Helga Nowotny is currently the Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University. She spoke about the importance of science and research in a post-factual world, referencing ‘fake news’ and wide-spread distrust in news establishments as key factors in a contemporary attack on science and research.

  • Martyn See

    Freelance Editor and Filmmaker
    8 February 2018

    Martyn See is a freelance editor and filmmaker. His editing credits include movies by Eric Khoo and Jack Neo. He shared the proposed amendments of the Film Act and how it would keep up in the digital age.

  • Florian Cornu

    Founder and CEO of Future Flow
    7 February 2018

    Florian Cornu is the founder and CEO of Future Flow, a Singapore-based company which guides entrepreneurs along their growth journey. It provides business modelling, financial projections, unit economics coaching, executive dashboards and board management. In Southeast Asia for 7 years, Florian Cornu started, raised funds, and exited his own company. He led a workshop on how to properly structure a spreadsheet in order to save time and energy, achieve goals faster, and obtain better insights to be ready to make strategic decisions.

  • Janet Neo

    Head of Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific, Fuji Xerox
    7 February 2018

    Janet Neo leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of corporate social responsibility at Fuji Xerox offices in Asia Pacific. She shared about the various initiatives Fuji Xerox is involved with, internship opportunities available with her team, and her personal career journey.

  • Contributors to Press: 100 Love Letters

    31 January 2018

    Press: 100 Love Letters is an anthology, published by the University of the Philippines Press, of cross-genre, LGBTQ-themed correspondence from women to women across the Asia-Pacific region. Several contributors read from their works. The event was hosted by the co-editor of Press: 100 Love Letters and Writers’ Centre lecturer Laurel Flores Fantauzzo.

  • Lee Cuba

    Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College
    31 January 2018

    Lee Cuba spoke about his book Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College. His book is about how students can make the most out of their liberal arts education, based on tracking students for five years at some of the most selective liberal arts institutions in the United States.

  • Victor Kattan

    Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Associate Fellow at Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS)
    24 January 2018

    Victor Kattan moved to Singapore from Jerusalem, where he had been working as a legal advisor to the Government of Palestine in Ramallal on secondment from the United Nations Development Program in Jerusalem. He was announced the winner of the inaugural Asian Society of International Law Young Scholar Prize in 2017. He spoke about United States President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and analysed these recent events in the context of regional developments.

  • Yii Kah Hoe

    Composer and Improviser
    24 January 2018

    Yii Kah Hoe is a Malaysian composer and improviser. The winner of the 11th COH Cameronian Arts Awards in Malaysia in 2014, he has been recognised as one of the major voices among Southeast Asian composters of his generation. He spoke about art and environmental advocacy.

  • Kristen Radtke and Scott Lee Chua

    Graphic Novelists
    17 January 2018

    Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This, which was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Booklist, Kurkus Reviews, Forbes, Buzzfeed, and many other places. Scott Lee Chua is a Yale-NUS undergraduate, majoring in Economics. He received the Nick Joaquin Literary Award for short fiction in 2017 and the Palanca Kabataan essay award in 2011. He is the co-creator of Doorkeeper, a new graphic novel published by Summit Books in 2017.