About Our Events

CEAPS Speaker Series

The CEAPS Speaker Series is CEAPS’ signature event. Every semester, we invite renowned Asian Studies scholars to the U of I campus to give talks on their most recent research and projects. The CEAPS Speaker Series not only highlights cutting-edge research and perspectives on campus, but also creates opportunities for speakers to meet with faculty and students with mutual intellectual interests.


CEAPS - VASP Brown Bag Series

The CEAPS Brown Bag series is designed to give U of I graduate students and faculty a chance to share their work with colleagues on campus. The VASP Brown Bag series features talks by our current visiting scholars from universities in Asia. Each semester, our VASP scholars present their research in a public forum, after which faculty and peers are invited to ask questions and give scholarly feedback.



AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screening/discussion programs – organized by AEMS in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum – presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions. To learn more and see a calendar of events, visit the AEMS website