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Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series Event: What Does Archaeology Have to Do with Singapore?

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The 9th Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series Event took place on Monday, 9 February from 7-8.30pm at UWCSEA's East Campus as part of Asian Arts and Culture week.

Are artefacts from before the ancestors of the current population even arrived, relevant to what it means to be Singaporean today?  Since almost everybody’s ancestors arrived here after 1819, how could anything 500 years older than that have any possible significance to modern times? This talk gave some examples of Singaporeans who think that broken pottery from the 14th century is important to them, and why they feel that way.

About Dr. John Miksic

Dr John N. Miksic was born in Rochester, New York, in 1946. He graduated from Honeoye Central School, obtained his BA from Dartmouth College, an MA at Ohio University, and a PhD at Cornell University based on archaeological research in north Sumatra. He worked as a rural development advisor in Bengkulu, Sumatra and taught archaeology at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, then moved to Singapore in 1987.
He has received awards from Singapore and Indonesia for his contributions to the study of Southeast Asian culture. He serves on the board of the Center for Khmer Studies. He has published books on ancient Javanese gold artifacts, ancient maritime trade, Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, the kingdom of Majapahit, and the Buddhist monument of Borobudur. He continues to study the archaeology of ancient cities in Southeast Asia. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

9th Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series Event Details

The 9th Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series Event was part of Asian Arts and Culture week.

Who should attend: This event was open to anyone who would like to attend.

When: Monday, 9 February 2015, 7-8.30pm

Where: UWCSEA East Campus

The Speaker: Dr. John Miksic




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