Upcoming Events

The Institute for Regional and International Studies is made up of area studies centers and the International Studies Major at UW–Madison. IRIS offers a host of opportunities to engage with international issues and research frontiers on campus and beyond.

lecture: “Development challenges in asia”

Presented by Mr. Bart Edes, North American Representative of the Asian Development Bank

Thursday, January 25, 2018, Noon-1:15 pm

206 Ingraham Hall

About the speaker: Mr. Edes mobilizes financing for ADB’s development member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the US.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian and the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison. 

Conference: “Cultures in conflict: navigating cultural difference in international human rights reporting”

February 9-10, 2018

Discovery Building, University of Wisconsin

In an effort to expand thinking, share knowledge and seek solutions, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication together with the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at UW-Madison invite students, faculty, staff and community members to “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting.”

Scheduled over two days and hosted at UW-Madison’s state-of-the-art Discovery Building, the conference features award-winning, professional human rights reporters, organized into two keynote presentations and five thematic panels. Each panel includes three experienced reporters who will discuss various challenges they have faced in the process of narrativizing their encounters with people from disparate ethnic, racial, national, religious, and gendered backgrounds. Some panelists will also talk about their experiences trying to share stories of their own cultures with audiences based in other parts of the world.

Join us for two days of thought-provoking discussion. Attendance is free and open to the public, and a modest breakfast and lunch will be served. ADVANCE REGISTRATION required.

About the keynote speakers: Conference keynote speakers include Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, and Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Garcia-Navarro is scheduled to speak Friday morning, Feb. 9, followed by Coronel’s address on Saturday, Feb. 10.

View a full schedule of events HERE.

See a full list of sponsors HERE.

musical performance and reception: VICTOR GAMA, RENOWNED COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN: Presents “OCEA MUNDO”

Gama’s solo performance, OCEA-MUNDO, is a new composition written for acrux (inspired by the Southern Cross) and toha (taking its shape from the weaver bird nest of Southern Angola), two contemporary musical instruments from his Pangeia Instrumentos series.

Monday, March 19th, 2018 (Time TBA) in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institute for  Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison (Parking information)

*Join Victor Gama for a post-performance interactive Q&A session and an informal reception.*

About the performer: Victor Gama (Angola/Portugal) is a composer whose process begins with the creation of an entirely new instrument, one whose design is steeped in symbolic meaning. His latest piece, “Asia Tanaf” premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year. (www.victorgama.org) 

FREE and Open to the Public.


To learn more about programming in any region, visit the following online calendars: