Philippines Lecture Series

The Harvard University Asia Center’s 'Philippines Lecture Series' aims to showcase scholarship about—and generate discussion on—the history, politics, economics, public health, society, and culture of the Philippines in order to promote a better awareness and understanding of the place and its peoples. The primary focus of this interdisciplinary series is the Philippines and Filipinos, but speakers also situate the Philippines in the broader context of Southeast Asia and explore its complex transnational connections to East Asia, South Asia, and the global diaspora, including Filipino Americans.

This series is convened by Professor James Robson, James C. Kralik, and Yunli Lou Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center, Harvard University. 


Spring 2022

Beauty Regimes: A History of Power and Modern Empire in the Philippines, 1898–1941
Genevieve Clutario, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College

A Filipino Communist, a Japanese Radical, and the Quest for International Solidarity
Patricio N. Abinales, Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii

Wedge Strategies and Alliance Politics: Chinese Coercion and the U.S.-Philippine Alliance
Robert S. Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Fernando Zobel: Painting Across Three Continents
Felipe Pereda, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art, History of Art+Architecture, Harvard University


Fall 2022

Elsa ClavéVisiting Shrines, Holding Manuscripts: On the Footsteps of Islamization in the Philippines

Vicente L. Rafael | How Revolutionary was the Philippine Revolution?

Leni Robredo | Women and Leadership: A Conversation with Leni Robredo, Former Vice President of the Philippines

Joseph Scalice | The Imposition of Dictatorship: Fifty Years Since Marcos' Declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines

Spring 2022

Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz | The Idea of Asia in Turn-Of-The-Twentieth-Century Philippine Pan-Asianist Action and Political Thought

Marites D. Vitug Philippine Presidential Election and the South China Sea: Navigating Maritime Dispute with China

Yvonne Su, Ara Joy U. Pacoma, Ginbert Permejo Cuaton, Eden H. Terol, Vincenzo Bollettino The Impacts of COVID-19 on Marginalized Communities in the Philippines

Deirdre de la Cruz From Ghosts to Guts: The Politics of the Paranormal in the Twentieth-Century Philippines

Sheila S. Coronel | Philippines at the Crossroads: Will There Be Another Marcos Presidency?

Maria Ressa The Future of the Philippines in a Post Duterte Era 

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