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SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – JCDSS Lectures

“The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia”

in conjunction with the Asian Economic Panel conference

20 – 24 March 2015
at Sunway University, Malaysia

hosted by

JCI Sunway University

 Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speaker Series

Open to the public. Register here.

Friday 20 March 2015, 1730 – 1900, Auditorium 2

Nick Rawlins (University of Oxford): “Pain and the Brain”

Nick Rawlins is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs and Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He completed both his BA and DPhil at Oxford. His research spans to areas including the neural basis of memory, brain degeneration, pain and anxiety, and he has published widely in these fields. For many years, animal studies offered the only way to identify the brain structures and neurochemicals that underpin anticipatory fear of anxiety.

In his lecture, Professor Rawlins will describe how it is proved possible to apply findings from studies of animal learning to design new functional imaging paradigms identifying the separate brain structures involved in the experience and the anticipation of pain in humans. The studies may provide new ways to develop and evaluate treatments—whether pharmacological or psychological— that are intended to ameliorate the problems of chronic pain sufferers. He will also describe new experimental work on phantom limb pain which suggests ways in which this classically intractable condition might be ameliorated.


Saturday 21 March 2015, 1630 – 1800, Auditorium 2

Barry Eichengreen (University of California Berkeley): “Global Economic Prospects: What Should Keep Us Up at Night?”

Barry Eichengreen is Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). He was the Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge (2014–15) and Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund (1997–98). He won many awards for his excellence in teaching and was named one of the Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2011.

In this lecture, Professor Eichengreen will organise his analysis of global economic prospects around the consensus view that 2015 will see a stronger US dollar and suggest reasons why the consensus may be wrong. After discussing prospects and problems in the US, Europe, Japan and China, he will focus on downside risks to the world economy.


Tuesday 24 March 2015, 1530 – 1700, Auditorium 1

Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University): “The Age of Sustainable Development”

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For more than 20 years, Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviations, and enlightened globalisation, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing.

He is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. He received his BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively. He joined the Harvard faculty and was promoted to Full Professor at the age of 28. The New York Times called him “the most important economist in the world” and the Time magazine described him as “the world’s best- known economist”.

Open to the public. Register here.