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    <ong>Renowned “Visionary” Pianist to perform at Carleton

    Australian pianist Lisa Moore, described by New Yorker magazine as “visionary” and “New York’s queen of avantgarde piano,” will perform Friday, April 23, in Carleton College’s Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed performance, which begins at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.
    Considered one of the world’s foremost contemporary pianists, Moore has been awing audiences for over 30 years with performances renowned both for their musical prowess and their dramatic intensity. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her performances as displaying “ferocious technical skills and interpretive brilliance.”

    In addition to her performance work, Moore has also released four solo CDs and over 30 collaborative albums. Her most significant collaborative project is with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, of which she is the founding pianist. The Bang on a Can All-Stars is an ensemble of highly talented musicians who play genre-defying music and work with musical masters from around the world, including Philip Glass, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Burmese circle drummer Kyaw Kyaw Naing, DJ Spooky, Brian Eno, Iva Bittova, and Nobukazu Takemura.

    Myint named Fellow for National Asia Research Program

    The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center have named Tun Myint, Assistant Professor of political science at Carleton College, a fellow of the National Asia Research Program (NARP) for Scholars.

    Thirty-nine outstanding scholars of Asia were chosen through a competitive, nationwide selection process based on their research into issues of importance to U.S. interests in Asia. The NARP will support the research of 27 Research Associates and 12 Research Fellows during their two-year terms and bring the research to the attention of policymakers.

    “Our goal in this new program is to highlight and reward scholars who have successfully bridged the gap between the academy and policy,” said NBR President and NARP co-director Richard Ellings. “America’s future security, prosperity, and well-being will be deeply linked with Asia’s future, and thus America needs some of its best and brightest to understand our interests in Asia and the history, nations, peoples, and issues of Asia. In short the NARP is responding to the needs for information and assessment arising from the shift in locus in world power from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

    Robert Hathaway, Asia Program Director at the Wilson Center and co-director of the NARP, underscored the role the Associates and Fellows will play in bridging the gap between the academic and policy communities. “The selection of these top scholars from across the United States marks the beginning of a new national association for U.S. experts who care about policy issues related to Asia. The enthusiastic response we’ve seen to the NARP is a good indication of the potential we have to achieve our goal of strengthening and reinvigorating the policy-relevant study of Asia,” he said.

    The heads of universities and research organizations in the United States were invited to nominate outstanding scholars from their faculty and staff for consideration as Research Associates and Fellows. More than 140 experts were considered during the selection process, which concluded last month and was followed by private notifications to all of the candidates.

    The National Asia Research Program is a new research and conference program designed to reinvigorate and promote the policy-relevant study of Asia, particularly by highlighting the research of NARP Associates and Fellows, who will present their work at the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly in Washington, D.C., on June 17–18, 2010.

    Founded in 1989 with a major grant from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution committed to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia Pacific. NBR also helps train the next generation of scholars who concentrate on Asia. 

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