Ohio University, UiTM & UPM to co-host the 10th Distinguished Tun Razak Lecture

10th Distinguished TAR Lecture poster

SHAH ALAM: The 2018 year-end will witness another historic event to commemorate the excellent relationship between Ohio University and its Malaysian counterparts, Universiti Teknologi MARA and Universiti Putra Malaysia through the 10th Distinguished Tun Razak Lecture.

The Tun Razak Chair was established at Ohio University’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies in 1980 to honor the second prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak. The Tun Abdul Razak Chair Program at Ohio University brings unique opportunities to advance greater knowledge and awareness of Malaysian history, culture, economic, social and political life in the United States of America and promotes the exchange of people, friendships, and innovations in both countries.


For the 10th Distinguished Tun Razak Lecture that will be happening on Monday, December 3 at Sime Darby Convention Center, Ohio University, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are proud to be able to combine forces in bringing in an internationally-acclaimed artist and environmental activist – Professor John Sabraw – to deliver the keynote presentation.

Born in Lakenheath, England, John Sabraw is a Professor of Art and Chair of Painting + Drawing at Ohio University. He is also Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. Famous for his eco-conscious approach to highlight environmental issues, Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corporation.






His current work with Dr. Guy Riefler, Professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio University, is an outstanding project of working to return southeastern Ohio’s streams to the picture of health. In his scheduled presentation, “Synergy of Curiosity: From Acid to Art” he will share with Malaysian audiences the evolutionary art project worked alongside Dr. Reifler; the extraction of toxic acid mine drainage (AMD) from polluted streams and turn it into paint pigment. Once the pigment is sold on a commercial scale, the revenue will be invested back into the streams’ remediation. Sabraw tells the pigments’ story via his circular artwork.


“I make paintings that express the sublimity of nature but also the fragility of our relationship with it. All of my paintings use these toxic pigments in combination with standard artist colors,” says Sabraw.


Southeast Asian region, the keynote presentation by Sabraw will be an eye-opening session and may provide Malaysian environmental professionals’ new ideas and possibilities of a global-scale environmental solution that is most welcomed by the international environmental community.

Through the 10th Distinguished Tun Abdul Razak Lecture, the fruitful partnership between the two countries is hoped to continue to flourish through the showcase of continuous dedications of all parties to promote curiosity-driven learning that can address current concerns of the international community.