Finding My Voice in Vietnam through Song, Dance and Cultural Exchange
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:30pm
Finding My Voice in Vietnam through Song, Dance and Cultural Exchange


Julia will share stories from her time building bridges between Oregon and Vietnam between 2008 and today. Many of her experiences involve building relationships through music and often in unexpected ways. From singing karaoke on her first bus tour with the Hoi An Women's Union to kicking off a conference on a remote island with a surprise solo to learning to partner dance to 1920's records with the Saigon swing cats. She will also share how her informal relationships have led to more formal initiatives including the recently launched Climate Agenda with Governor Brown and Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Nguy Thi Khanh. 

About the speaker:

Julia Babcock has worked at the National Policy Consensus Center based at PSU since 2009; primarily supporting natural resource policy processes including the Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership and the Federal Forest Working Group. She also serves as a coordinator for the Vietnam Oregon Initiative; supporting educational exchange such as the Intel-Vietnam Scholars program, teaching community development classes and implementing grants with partner universities and NGOs. Julia earned her MURP from PSU in 2010 and her B.A. in English and Geography from the University of Florida in 2005.