Asian Culture Center monthly discussion series, “Monday Table Topic”

Summer greetings from the Asian Culture Center!

We have a monthly discussion series, “Monday Table Topic,” that features an IU graduate student’s research related, directly or indirectly, to Asian/Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ culture, history, business, arts, politics, and contemporary issues. Past presenters have included music, poetry, and history students, which should indicate the wide array of potential topics and presenters.

Please forward this to any of your graduate student colleagues who might be interested in presenting. It is a great opportunity for students seeking more experience with public presentations and fielding questions from a diverse audience.

The following dates are open for Fall 2016, and will have an additional 3 dates (tbd) in the spring of 2017. We are looking to fill the fall dates as soon as possible, but will also take names for the spring.

Date available for Fall 2016:
Monday, Sept. 12, 12-1 pm
Monday, Oct. 17, 12-1 pm
Monday, Nov. 14, 12-1 pm

Venue for all events: ACC, 807 E. 10th Street

Students may contact, Attn: Melanie Castillo-Cullather with any questions. For convenience, we have included some FAQ regarding this monthly discussion series.


Monday Table Topic FAQ:
Why is it called Monday Table Topic?
The program is titled Monday Table Topic because it is a monthly lunchtime discussion series around an open “table.” As a host, we will provide FREE light lunch. The ACC strives for an environment of open dialogue where people can discuss Asian American culture, identity, and contemporary issues, while enjoying lunch together. Presenters are typically graduate students who present their research related (directly or indirectly) to Asian and Asian American/Pacific ISlander issues. Past presentations have included “Can Music Education Foster Democracy?”, “Honor Killings in Pakistan: The Fruits and Perils of Transnational Feminism,” “Undergraduate PRC International Students at United States Higher Education Institutions: An Introduction,” and an original poetry reading and discussion by an MFA student.


Who is the audience?
The target audience for this program is the IU/Bloomington community. It is typical that the audience will include graduate students, faculty/staff, community members, and non-Asian Americans. Attendance averages between 10-20 people. Most people come because they find the topics and discussions interesting, while others may be attending as a class assignment. While the ACC heavily promotes this event, we strongly encourage the presenters to invite their colleagues, friends, and students as well.


What kind of presentation should I prepare for?
We ask that your presentation be very interactive, focused on engaging the audience in discussion-based learning. We strongly encourage use of a variety of activities within the presentation, including short videos, discussion questions, and handouts on how to learn more about the topic. The ACC has a projector and screen for your convenience, but we do not have a laptop or adaptor cord. Our staff will work with you in advance to assist you in your planning.
We will advertise this event as follows, but will also include information on the presenter and their topic:


Monday Table Topics
Date: Mondays Sept. 12, Oct. 17, and Nov. 14.
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Venue: Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street
Description: Lunch is on us! The roundtable serves as one of the many informal outlets for scholars to talk about topics that are related to Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander culture, history, arts, education, politics, government, and business. This series provides a great opportunity for students to share their research, practice for their oral exams, or run through a presentation for a conference.