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.

Philippines Lecture Series poster


Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST 

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

Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz, Research Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; Executive Director, Toynbee Prize Foundation


Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Philippine Presidential Election and the South China Sea: Navigating Maritime Dispute with China

Marites D. Vitug, Author, Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China; Chair Emeritus of the Board, Journalism for Nation Building Foundation; Editor-at-Large, Rappler


Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 8:00 p.m. EDT 

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Marginalized Communities in the Philippines


Forgotten Survivors: Impacts of COVID-19 on Haiyan Survivors in Resettlement Sites in Tacloban City, Philippines

Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor, Department of Equity Studies, York University

Ara Joy U. Pacoma, Faculty, Leyte Normal University

Ginbert Permejo Cuaton, Research Postgraduate Student, Division of Environment and Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Programs Office, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

A Clinician's Reflections on Post-Disaster Trauma Care Intervention for Indigenous Communities in the Time of COVID

Eden H. Terol, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology, University of the Philippines

Pandemics, Disasters, and Preparedness in the Philippines

Vincenzo Bollettino, Director, Program on Resilient Communities, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative


Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT 

From Ghosts to Guts: The Politics of the Paranormal in the Twentieth-Century Philippines

Speaker: Deirdre de la Cruz, Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies; Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan 


Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 4:00 p.m. EDT 

Philippines at the Crossroads: Will There Be Another Marcos Presidency?

Speaker: Sheila S. Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism


Friday, May 20, 11:00 am EDT 

The Future of the Philippines in a Post Duterte Era 

Speaker: Maria RessaCEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Hybrid Event


All the talks are presented online via Zoom webinars unless otherwise indicated. 

For more details and to register, click on the links to the respective talks. 


Harvard University's Asia-Related Resources