Campus Notices

May 25 2022

Pots and Pans, Resistance and Rebellion: Myanmar’s Political Crisis and Its Global Significance

"Pots and Pans, Resistance and Rebellion: Myanmar’s Political Crisis and Its Global Significance”

Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time

The panel will discuss the growing resistance to the military junta that seized power in Myanmar on February 1, 2021. Protests swept across the country in the early months after the coup, including the nightly banging of pots and pans in Myanmar's cities and towns. Huge numbers of people also took to the streets, raising three-fingers as a sign of defiance. These protests were often violently suppressed by the police and military. While ordinary civilian acts of resistance continue every day, growing numbers of people have taken up arms in rebellion. The government has lost control of some regions, and the future of Myanmar's government seems increasingly uncertain. The fate of Myanmar matters enormously not only to the country's 55 million people but to the region in which Myanmar occupies such a strategic position and to a world in which democracy and freedom contend with brutal authoritarianism.


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Panelists include:


Tharaphi Than is an associate professor in the World Languages & Cultures Department at Northern Illinois University. She grew up in Myanmar and has a PhD from the University of London. Dr. Than has written extensively on women in Myanmar and Southeast Asia (including her 2014 book Women of Modern Burma), migration, print media, and Myanmar politics.


May Oo Mutraw is a Karen born and raised in Myanmar and has studied at Francisco State University, the Indiana University School of Law, and the University of Cambridge. In 2012, she returned to Myanmar to take part in the peace process and is now a senior policy advisor with the Salween Institute for Public Policy and an advisor to the Karen National Union.


Eaint Thiri Thu was born and raised in Myanmar. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in human rights at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, an Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change fellowship, and a Humphrey School of Public Affairs scholarship to pursue her studies in the United States.


Ye Naing Moe is the founding director of Yangon Journalism School.  He studied journalism at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting scholar. Ye is East-West Center's Jefferson Fellow and Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA)'s Press Fellow. He used to be a regular columnist at 7 Day Newspaper until it was shut down by the military council after the Feb1, 2021 coup. Ye lives in Yangon, Myanmar. 

Event Date: Thu, 05/26/22

Event Time: 6:00PM

Event Location: zoom