Asia in Focus Speaker Series

Asian buildings with wooden columns on right and mosaics on left people walking in between

This page will be updated soon with the Asian in Focus Speakers Series for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic year.

Our most recent speaker:
Spring 2016 Spring Speakers
Thursday, April 7th, 2:30-3:30pm, Ekstrom Library W104

Jeremy Menchik, Boston University

“Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism”

*Co-sponsored with the Weber Endowed Chair for Politics, Science, and Religion

This talk explains what tolerance means to the leaders of the world's largest Islamic organizations. It is based on two years of research in Indonesia - the world's largest Muslim-majority country and a consolidated democracy - and challenges the assumption that liberal modes of tolerance are necessary for making democracy work.

See the list of our past speakers here.