Southeast Asia Outreach is a component of the Cornell University Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) dedicated to furthering the understanding of the history, culture and societies of Southeast Asia to students, teachers, businesses, professionals and community members. As an NRC, with funding through Title VI, our outreach programming is year-round and includes classroom visits, cultural events, exhibits in schools and libraries as well as activities for after school and enrichment programs. We hold teacher training workshops and arrange speakers for community and business organizations. We can help you tap into the ever-changing array of talent and Southeast Asia expertise at Cornell. Explore this website and learn more about Southeast Asia and Cornell SEAP's resources!
In the Southeast Asian archipelago, making cloth is regarded as the archetypcal form of women's labor. Traditionally, women learned the textile arts - typically weaving or making batik - before they were eligible for marriage. Later in life, excelling in making cloth, and especially inmastering complex natural-dye processes, was regarded as the highest measure of a woman's achievement. The strength of character of the extraodinary women who become master textil artists is remarkable to witness.
An experimental exhibition that provides visitors an opportunity to engage more deeply with the lives of the women whose cloths they see on view. Through the use of video recorded in eight sites in four countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste (East Timor) - weavers Sisilia Sii, Luisa de Jesus, Rambu Pakki, and Rambu Tokung, Margareta Taub Kapitan, Dapong anak Sempurai, and Lang Dulay, as well as batik makers Siti Samsiyah, Raden Ayu Brongtodiningrat and Wiwin Fitriana, tell their stories in their own words.
The exhibition was created by Roy W. Hamilton, Curator of Asianand Pacific Collections at the Folwer Museum at UCLA. The presentation of the exhibition at the Johnson Museum was organized by Ellen Avril, Chief Curator of Asian Art The exhibition runs from January 19 - May 5, 2013, at the Johnson Museum of Art, in the Gold, Moak, Class of 1953 and Schaenen Galleries, Floor 2L.
Pictured at right: Luisa de Jesus, a weaver featured in Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia. Credit: Jill Forshee, Tutuala, 2010
Gallery Talk: Jill Forshee, author of Culture and Customs of Indonesia and Between the Folds: Stories of Cloth, Lives and Travles from Sumba, will be presenting at the Johnson museum on Wednesday, April 10 from 2:30-3:30 PM.
A professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers offered Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies (CERIS)
This cross-curriculum International Studies Summer Institute workshop will engage educators in activities on integrating world area knowledge on cultural issues related to the topic of the geography of bodies of water and water-related environments around the world. Our goal is to encourage high school and middle school teachers and their students to have a greater understanding of how geography plays a significant role in culture, tradition, politics and the arts as well as in the current state of the planet in terms of water scarcity and sustainability. The material will be presented in an interdisciplinary approach while meeting NYS Science, Social Studies, and Art standards.
For more information please contact: Nicky Koschmann, CERIS Coordinator, email at email@example.com, or call 607-255-5475.
This workshop is sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, South Asia Program, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Institute for African Development, East Asia Program, Latin American Studies Program, Syracuse University South Asia Center and is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.
SEAP Outreach Coordinator
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