Empowering Tomorrow: Student-Centered Strategies for the Center for Burma Studies

This one-day student-led workshop is designed to enable NIU students interested in Burma and Southeast Asia to reflect on the Center for Burma Studies’ future strategies. In this time of transition for Burma and for the Center ––with the arrival of a new director–– it is essential to hear students’ voices and expectations regarding the development of the Center’s activities in the years to come. Participants are invited to discuss and brainstorm ideas in a relaxed, informal atmosphere at the collaborative and innovative 71 North Partnership Studio (Founders Library Lower Level). Participants will then share a delicious Burmese lunch and visit the Burma Art Collection before presenting their views and proposals to a friendly audience.

The details

Monday, April 1, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

71 North Partnership Studio 
Founders Library Lower Level, NIU

Registration required at https://forms.gle/VbqPS9FVamA3NGFk6

What you will do

  • Engage with peer students from diverse backgrounds but all concerned with Burma and related issues.
  • Brainstorm ideas in small discussion groups and share your vision of the Center for Burma Studies.
  • Explore the Burma Art Collection and resources kept at the Center.
  • Impact the development of the Center’s future strategies.

Who should attend

NIU students interested in and concerned with Burma and Southeast Asia.

Workshop Agenda

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Introduction and Discussion session 1
Discuss emerging themes (collected in the pre-workshop survey form) in small groups (with student-facilitators and scribes)

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Coffee break (provided by the Center)

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Presentation of Session 1 findings and Discussion session 2
Deepening of the most popular themes, identified as mainly important in Session 1 in small groups (with student-facilitators and scribes)

12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break (provided by the Center)

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Visit of the Burma Art Collection (Founders Memorial Library)
Small groups of students led through the Burma Art Collection by peer-students involved in the preservation work of the collection.

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: break

2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Final discussion, wrap up and public presentation (Campus Life Building CL100)
Student-speakers present the 2-3 mainly important themes to the public: open session to faculty and other members of the Burmese community followed by a Q&A.

The public session will take place from 3.15 to 4.30 p.m. in-person at Campus Life Building (Room 100) and online Zoom link




Sponsors and co-hosts

Center for Burma Studies, 71 North Partnership Studio, Center for Southeast Asian studies, Asian American Resource Center, and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Monday, April 1 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Founders Memorial Library, 71-N Partnership Studio (Next to Einstein' Bagels cafe)
217 Normal Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops


Research, Academics

Target Audience



Asian American Heritage Month



Asian American Resource Center, Center for Burma Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, World Languages and Cultures


Contact Name

Aurore Candier

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