UW News

January 18, 2005

Experts to gather Thursday in Kane Hall to explore tsunami aftermath

WHAT: Panel discussion on politics, health consequences, relief efforts

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Kane Hall 110, University of Washington, Seattle


  • Daniel Lev, UW emeritus professor of political science, will moderate the panel and discuss the larger political implications for South Asia.
  • Mark Oberle, professor and associate dean in the UW department of health services, was in the Thailand tsunami zone on Dec. 26 and aided people who were injured. He will discuss relief efforts from a public health perspective.
  • Mia Siscawati, a UW graduate student in anthropology, is an Indonesian activist who has worked with nongovernmental organizations. She will address sustainable international development, relief efforts and NGO participation in Indonesia.
  • K. Sivaramakrishnan, a UW professor of anthropology, will focus on India, with special reference to geopolitical issues, the process of delivering relief, potential social and economic impacts, and environmental questions.
  • Manjari Wijenaike, an independent anthropologist and native of Sri Lanka, was there on Dec. 26 and saw people transcend ethnic differences in helping disaster victims. She will discuss the long term implications.

DETAILS: Sponsored by the Jackson School of International Studies South Asia Center and Southeast Asia Center.


For more information, contact Keith Snodgrass at the South Asia Center at (206) 543-4800 or snodgras@u.washington.edu.