CSEAS Lecture: Paul Wright with Christian Paolo Eslava

Paul Wright

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University

Christian Paolo Eslava

M.S. candidate, Athletic Training, Northern Illinois University

“An Examination of Southeast Asian Martial Arts: Combat, Culture, and Sport”

Friday, February 23, noon

Peters Campus Life Building 100 and online


In this lecture we will discuss the martial arts of Southeast Asia which are steeped in the culture and history of their homelands. These arts are based in indigenous fighting skills (e.g., weapons, grappling, and striking) developed, tested, and passed down through generations. Due to their historical and cultural significance, UNESCO recognizes many such arts as aspects of intangible cultural heritage. In the modern era, these arts also play a role in fostering national pride and identity. Some have been modernized and integrated into the physical education curriculum, adopted as national sports, and featured in the Southeast Asian Games. In this session, we also discuss the value of exposing students in CSEAS programs to these arts to enhance their academic study of the region through experiential learning. This semester, such an activity course is being piloted with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. A description of the course and initial impressions will be shared. For those who are interested, we will conclude with an opportunity to learn and practice some basic skills.


Paul Wright is the EC Lane and MN Zimmerman Endowed Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, a Distinguished Engagement Professor, executive director of the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group and an Honors Faculty Fellow. He specializes in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) instructional model. His scholarship is very applied and relates directly to fields such as positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and sport for development. Hel also leads the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group at NIU which serves as an engine for engaged scholarship on these topics.


Hybrid meeting, registration required for zoom participation: https://niu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtfu-qrz4rHd0erX4aSUj26NpNLHG8fKuJ?fbclid=IwAR0cejv9BNCr3DmD0uYJvkV9-BHHYVuKagPslYmQmSpQosWrWviBhkgkciY#/registration

Free and open to the public.

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Friday, February 23 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Peters Campus Life Building, 100
545 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

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