Archaeology Around the World Lecture Series: "The Rise of the Khmer Empire" presented by Dr. Miriam Stark, University of Hawai'i

The Rise of the Khmer Empire:

From Angkor Borei to Angkor Wat

Presented by:

Dr. Miriam Stark, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Two of ancient Southeast Asia’s earliest and largest states arose in what is now Cambodia; each centered on a capital called nôkôr or Angkor (from the Sanskrit nágara), or city.  Research in the Mekong Delta of southern Cambodia sheds light on the first millennium CE capital of Angkor Borei, whose populations engaged with international maritime trade networks linking China and Southeast Asia with India and Rome.  The Chinese called this polity Funan. Several centuries later, the area we call Greater Angkor rose to prominence more than 200 km northwest of the delta, on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake. Angkor Wat is the region’s best-known temple, but archaeologists have recorded more than 1,400 temples and shrines in the 1000 km2 area that was the Khmer empire’s urban epicenter. Each of these great ritual-ceremonial cities anchored its polity to the local landscape, and archaeological research since 1995 has deepened our understanding of the regional context and configurations that urbanism assumed in each setting. This lecture reviews recent archaeological evidence for the rise of the Khmer empire, beginning with an archaeological exploration of the origins of Cambodia’s earliest civilization.

Grace Ford Salvatori Hall (GFS)

John Mearsheimer on Liberal Dreams & International Realities

Since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy practitioners on both sides of the aisle have pursued a foreign policy of liberal hegemony: attempting to use U.S. power to spread democracy, markets, and individual rights. Yet this approach has led to costly failures like Iraq and Libya. Why?

In a talk drawn from a forthcoming book on the subject, leading international relations theorist John Mearsheimer argues that U.S. foreign policy has failed to contend with the power of nationalism and the wisdom of realism, leading to a "super ambitious and heavily militarized" global approach.

CPD, the USC John Quincy Adams Society, and the USC School of International Relations are pleased to bring Dr. Mearsheimer to campus for an evening of insightful discussion on global issues in today's challenging climate. Come early, as seats will fill up fast!

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

New Developments in Building Ecological Civilization in China

The Voices for a Sustainable and Equitable Future seminar series provides an interdisciplinary forum to advance ideas and environmental policies for a sustainable and equitable future.

Dr. Hua Wang is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Dean of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China (RUC).

Lewis Hall (RGL)

Global Executive Doctor of Education (Global EdD) Class Teaser: Broadening Our Search for Education Innovators: Finding Models of Excellence in Unexpected Places

Please join Global Executive Ed.D. faculty member, Dr. Cathy Krop, and the program office for a class teaser on Broadening Our Search for Education Innovators: Finding Models of Excellence in Unexpected Places on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 am PT.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 23. We encourage you to participate in the class teaser, so check your webcam and audio capabilities on your computer as well as have a phone handy.

You will receive a link 24 hours in advance to access the Adobe Connect Room.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Adobe Connect Room

Genocide and Crimes against Humanity under International Law: A Personal Story

A public lecture by Philippe Sands (University College London)

Introduction by Prof. Hannah Garry, Director of USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic

Co-organized by the USC Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic and the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Co-sponsored by the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, USC Center for Law, History and Culture (USC Gould School of Law), USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the Jerome H. Louchheim School for Judaic Studies, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

In this lecture, Philippe Sands will discuss his most recent book East West Street: On the Origins of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity' - part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller - to connect his work on 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide', the events that overwhelmed his family in Lviv during World War II, and the untold story at the heart of the Nuremberg trial that pits lawyers Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht against Hans Frank, defendant number 7, former Governor General of Nazi-occupied Poland and Adolf Hitler's lawyer. 

Philippe Sands is a Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He is a specialist in international law and a practicing lawyer who has appeared before various international courts and tribunals. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in law at Cambridge and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has taught at universities worldwide and contributes to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and The Guardian. He is the author of 17 books on international law, and president of English PEN and a vice president of the Hay Festival.

This lecture will be followed by a public reception and book signing. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to

Elvon & Mabel Musick Law Building

Sports Diplomacy Through the PyeongChang Olympics

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics offers an opportunity for South Korea to present itself to the world and will also serve as an important platform for public diplomacy, given the regional instability. The Olympics' role in facilitating global and regional relations is particularly poignant, as future games—Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympics and Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics—will be hosted in the East Asian region.

CPD brings noted scholar Susan Brownell to discuss her experience in PyeongChang to examine the Olympics through the lens of sports diplomacy. This conversation will be moderated by Ben Carrington, associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

This event is made possible by a grant by the Korea Foundation.

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

The Biggest Market By Far: Video Gaming In China

With 600 million gamers (nearly twice the population of the US), China is the single-most important market in the world for PC online and mobile games, and dominates the global esports market. China’s Tencent is the largest game company in the world. This talk will discuss the factors driving the market as well as the trends in what gamers prefer, companies, games, and competitors that are important.

In 2002 Lisa Hanson built the first baseline study on the Chinese games market. For 16 years, as founder and managing partner of Niko Partners, she’s helped game publishers, platforms, hardware companies, hedge funds, media companies, trade associations, consulting firms, and consumer brands understand and succeed in China and Southeast Asia, which are the largest and fastest growing games markets in the world. Lisa built a team of analysts based in Asia, the US and the UK to provide market research and consulting about the digital games markets in Asia.

Prior to Niko, Lisa was Lead Strategist at Viant Corporation, Director at IDC, and a financial analyst in London and in Tokyo. She has a MA in International Economic Policy from The American University’s School of International Service, and a BA in Political Science/International Relations from UCLA. Lisa believes in “peace through intercultural understanding."

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (ASC)


Co-sponsored by the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, USC Center for International Relations and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 

The main objective of this one-day workshop is to discuss fundamental dynamics and new developments of monetary and financial relations between Japan and East Asia ranging from RMB internationalization, emergency funding mechanism, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).  Thematically, we seek to understand; (a) lessons from other regions, particularly Europe, to Asia, (b) connections between global financial governance and the regional one, and (c) explore the issues of financial leadership and followership in the region.   

Hyoung-kyu Chey (GRIPS –USC visiting scholar)
William Grimes (Boston University)
C. Randall Henning (American University)
Saori N. Katada (USC)
Steve Liao (UC Riverside)
Phillip Lipscy (Stanford)
Victor Shih (UC San Diego)
Junko Shimizu (Gakushuin University; on sabbatical at Columbia University)
David Steinberg (SAIS, Johns Hopkins)

Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)
Joshua Aizenman (USC)
Gregory Chin (York University)



Breaking Ground: First Africa-U.S. Public Diplomacy Conference

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is pleased to co-host with the University of the Witwatersrand the First Africa-U.S. Public Diplomacy Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 10, 2018.

The conference will mark the establishment of the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the Wits University. The public diplomacy program at the Centre will be the first of its kind in Africa and will lead a variety of collaborations on research, teaching and engagement. The first major such gathering on public diplomacy in Africa, this event will bring together African, American and other global practitioners and academics from diverse fields. 

Topics will include:

  • the history and conceptual understanding of PD
  • the trends and developments in PD at the CPD and lessons for the Wits African diplomacy initiative
  • prospects for Africa-U.S. partnerships in PD
  • discussions on corporate, cultural and media dimensions of PD in Africa and the USA, and
  • the role of PD in peace and security in Africa.

Crucially, the conference will brainstorm ideas for the implementation of PD projects in Africa.

Click here to read more about the Centre.

University of Witwatersrand

2018 Global East Asia Maymester Orientation

The Summer 2018 Global East Asia Maymester General Orientation will cover program, flight, insurance, health and safety information, and other general travel related requirements by the university.

This is a MANDATORY orientation for the course and Global East Asia scholars must attend or make arrangements with EASC. Please RSVP at least one week before the event.

Waite Phillips Hall (WPH)

China: Finding Solutions

China, not unlike the United States, confronts enormous challenges. These include deadly environmental degradation, a rapidly aging population, a skills mismatch between what graduates can do and what employers seek, widespread official corruption, regional and intraregional inequality, and low labor and capital productivity.

Often conferences merely document such problems without exploring in concrete terms what businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are doing to address them. Our China: Finding Solutions conference won’t minimize the size and complexity of such problems, but it will highlight how individuals and institutions are battling them. Our panelists will include distinguished scholars, entrepreneurs, organization leaders, and officials. We invite you to be a part of the discussion.

Space is limited. Register now online or mail in your registration (please include the check, your name, email, and address) to secure your seat and to save money.

Registration (includes the admission, conference goodies, refreshments, and lunch):

Early bird registration   $75
After September 30    $125

Students (must submit photo of student ID to
Early bird registration   $25
After September 30      $40

The first 50 people to register will receive a USC U.S.-China Institute anniversary mug!

Mailing address
USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: Finding Solutions 
3502 Watt Way, ASC G24
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

Los Angeles Summit on City Diplomacy

Cities are increasingly poised—and being called upon—to play a greater role in addressing challenges at the international level, from climate change and immigration, to the health and security of citizens.

With recent rhetoric and policies at the national level leaving foreign leaders unsure of the U.S. government’s position and leadership on certain global challenges, U.S. cities have a unique opportunity to use their resources and expertise to influence discourse in the international arena. At the heart of realizing a city’s influence and impact on the world stage is crafting an effective global engagement strategy and building the skills and capacity required for this emergent role.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, will host a one-day program on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the University of Southern California to explore growing opportunities and emerging challenges in city diplomacy.

The program will bring together two dozen U.S. city leaders with international purview for a public plenary session.

The day’s program will be devoted to exploring:

  • Capabilities, networks and resources needed for cities’ effective global engagement
  • Organizational structure of an international affairs office
  • International policy areas in which cities can make a difference
  • Data for addressing global challenges at the local level

The program, which is part of a CPD initiative on city diplomacy, will provide a framework for creating the first-of-its-kind capacity-building program for effective city diplomacy. 

Can't join us in Los Angeles? Follow along via Facebook Live: @USCCPD.

This program is made possible in part with a grant from Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Mimi Liu.


Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (ASC)

31st Annual Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference

A comprehensive networking and learning experience, produced by the USC Marshall School of Business and the U.S. Commercial Service since 1988, for business leaders who want to expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region. APBO provides a unique mixture of over 50 leading business, government, and academic experts to advise a diverse audience of American firms from across the U.S. on how to become more competitive in the Asia/Pacific marketplace, including one-on-one private appointments with the U.S. Senior Commercial Officers from American embassies in 18 economies, including Canada and Mexico.

The LA Hotel-Downtown

Workshop@PAM: It’s All About the Prints

A brief history of printmaking and how contemporary printmaking has inspired social change in China and Mexico. Conversation followed by a hands-on printmaking workshop.

*15% discount for members
Please input your membership number for your discount.

$10 discount for USC students, faculty, and staff. You will be asked to show your ID at the door or pay the difference in cost. Please email for your discount code.

USC Pacific Asia Museum