About this talk

SEACHA is excited to share that Cha-Time with SEACHA#28, “Climate Tasks for Cultural Centers,” will be on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM Bangkok time. This episode of Cha-Time will address the relationship of cultural centers to climate action and what it means for cultural centers to be responsible in times of climate crisis. Guest speaker Mr. Purim Junkham, Ph.D student at Oregon State University, will discuss why it is important that cultural centers take action for climate education and invite his audience to reflect on the superpowers of cultural centers for climate action.

Unlike previous Cha-Time episodes, we would like to update you that our Cha-Time format will now be a roundtable discussion via Zoom meetings rather than webinars. By this way, the audience will be invited and encouraged to openly participate with speakers and moderators.  The event will not be livestreamed but will be uploaded on SEACHA YouTube channel later on given the consent of everyone who appeared in the discussion.

Speaker & Roundtable:

Speaker: Purim Junkham

Purim Junkham is a Thai scholar studying Informal Science Learning in the United States. He received his master’s in museum studies from the University of Washington and is continuing his work on community-based environmental learning and action at Oregon State University. Purim has been exploring the ways cultural centers like museums lead community participation in conversation about complex issues like climate change. While education is an integral part of combating climate change, he believes that action takes more than just knowledge. Using an interdisciplinary and participatory approach, Purim’s ultimate goal is to empower voices of underserved youth at the global stage of climate negotiation.


Roundtable Member: Ms. Chulamanee Chartsuwan

Ms. Chulamanee served in Thailand’s foreign service for nearly 40 years. She worked on international economic issues in the Foreign Ministry for over 10 years. Her last positions before retirement were Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chulamanee presently serves as Thailand’s Senior Expert in the ongoing negotiations of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), as Thailand’s Governor to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and is a member of the Council of the Siam Society, working on regional cultural and climate change issues.


Roundtable Member: Dr. Ivan Henares

Ivan Anthony Henares, PhD is Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Assistant Professor at the Asian Institute of Tourism of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. At present, he is also Secretary General of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), Head of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage and National Committee on Monuments and Sites of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Chairperson of the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), Philippine Committee President of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH Philippines), and Board Member of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance (SEACHA). He was named one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the field of Heritage Conservation in 2012.


Roundtable Member: Ms. Moe Moe Lwin

Moe Moe Lwin, vice-chairperson of Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance (SEACHA), architect and heritage preservation expert. In 2012 she joined Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) as a founding Board of Directors and soon took a position as the Director. YHT is a non-profit organization working to protect and promote Yangon’s urban built- heritage. She is co-chair of the Working Committee on Culture@COP28.

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