Center for Burmese Studies at NIU

Updated on February 27, 2019

NIU in 1987

Photo by Saya Dr. Yan Naing Lwin

Jan 19, 1987 · Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University at “DeKalb”- The Center will have its formal opening on July 29 and 30, 1987. Richard Cooler, the Director of the new Center, will send out the detailed announcement !

I have arranged the key note address by U Nu, the first Prime Minister of Burma for the opening ceremony. U Nu also gave a summer class in “Buddhism” prior to the opening ceremony.

Here is a picture that I took of the group as we toured the Lake Shore one day.

You will notice U Nu (First and Last Prime Minister of the Union of Burma), late Professor Than Tun (History, Visiting Scholar in residence) & Mrs. Than Tun. Also, Burmese Lecturer Saya U Kyaw Hlaing. Dr. Cynthia Htaik is just behind U Nu. I still have some hair on my head! The Standard Oil Building can be seen in the back ground.

Standard Oil Building (Chicago), Illinois, is now known as the Aon Center.

Editor’s Notes :

Dr. Yan Naing Lwin is Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Physics Department at Western Illinois University (WIU).

U Saw Tun is current Head of the Burmese Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU).

U Kyaw Hlaing lives in Southern California.

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