TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Lecture--Global Issues Lecture Series: Musings on the Saffron Revolution: Is There Hope For Burma?
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Audience: Open to the public
Sponsored by: Global Studies Program, Global Solutions Education Fund; Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development
Burma, also called Myanmar, has been ruled by secretive, xenophobic military juntas since 1962. Last August and September, an overnight rise in fuel prices of up to 500% propelled a few brave citizens again to the streets. When the protestors were arrested, hundreds of thousands of monks took the helm, demanding the government address the country's ills. This time the world saw the protests and crackdown via images sent through the Internet by citizen journalists. In this primarily Buddhist country, the regime once again, had no compunction of using violence against its unarmed citizens, including highly revered monks. Ms. Aung-Thwin, director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute, will discuss the fall out of the so-called "Saffron Revolution" and the prospects for a genuine political transformation in Burma.
For more information, contact Veronica Dristas - 412-624-2918 firstname.lastname@example.org