Historic Relationship, Contemporary Challenge

The year 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Maung Shaw Loo to Bucknell. (View history.)

A semester-long series of events, "Historic Relationship, Contemporary Challenge" was developed by a planning committee of students (including from Burma), faculty, and staff. These events sought to:

  • Celebrate the historic connection between Burma and Bucknell
  • Examine Burmese culture, history, and politics within a global context
  • Explore the ways in which educated citizens can respond to the situation in Burma and to issues of human rights and democracy around the globe
  • Recognize the centrality of global exchange and dialogue to the liberal arts experience

Speaker events included:

  • “Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Burma Today”
    A leader in the human rights movement for over 25 years, Jack Healey is executive director of The Freedom Campaign, founder of Human Rights Action Center, and former executive director of Amnesty International – USA. His talk will focus on the struggle for human rights around the world through the lens of current events in Burma. || Story || Video
  • “Kalama Sutta: Seeing Is Believing,” a 90-minute documentary followed by Q&A
    An award-winning independent filmmaker, Holly Fisher directed “Kalama Sutta,” a documentary that includes smuggled footage and narratives from exiled leaders in the struggle for indigenous rights and democracy in Burma. || Story
  • “Bucknell-Burma: The Dynamics of Changed Relations Over 50 Years”
    Distinguished professor of Asian studies at Georgetown University and a specialist on Burma, David Steinberg has authored 13 books, more than 100 articles and book chapters, and some 250 op-eds. He visited Bucknell in 1958 when the president of Burma presented the Burma-Bucknell bowl to the University. || Story

Other events included:

  • “Inside Burma: Land of Fear” and “Don’t Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma” film screenings
  • Burmese Water Festival Dinner
  • Burma-Bucknell exhibit - Archival photos, posters, and artifacts from Burmese students will be on display
  • Bucknell’s Diversity Celebration -2008 Burma-Bucknell Award presented to a faculty member, staff member, or student who has made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding