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Saturday University: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

Feb 24 2018

Asian Art Museum


9 AM – 10 AM

How do boundaries—national, social, and religious—shift over time, and how are they crossed? Join us for talks to explore the dynamics of borders between India and Pakistan, between the two Koreas, and other boundaries in the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Japan, and the US.

February 3: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM).
All other lectures: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority
Azeem Ibrahim, Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Policy
9 AM

Presented in partnership with the Search for Meaning Festival, Seattle University. A Saturday University Lecture Series ticket provides admission for this talk. Individual tickets to this talk are not available.

The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition.

About the Presenter

Azeem Ibrahim is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute US Army War College. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and served as an international security fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a world fellow at Yale University. Ibrahim made a number of trips to Myanmar and Bangladesh to carry out the research for his book The Rohingyas, 2016.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.


JAN 27

Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan


DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border

FEB 10

Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing Duterte's Drug War in the Philippines

FEB 17

Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during WWII

FEB 24

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority


“We Were Always Buddhist”: Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India


206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public November 30.
Full series ticket: $60
SAM member series: $30
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.
Photo courtesy of Azeem Ibrahim