Lecture by James A. Benn
Friday, June 2, 2017
Location: Allen 140
The values associated with tea today— that it is natural, health-giving, detoxifying, spiritual, stimulating, refreshing, and so on— are not new concepts. We find them already in the poetry of the Tang dynasty (618-907). In tea poetry we can catch a glimpse of the cultural synergy created by literati, poets, and Buddhist monks gathering to share and construct new standards of connoisseurship and creativity, as well as to develop new themes and imagery. Surviving poems describe the color, aroma, and taste of the beverage; methods for preparing tea; the shape of teaware; settings for drinking tea; appreciation of the various aesthetic, medicinal, and psychoactive qualities of the beverage; as well as the world of tea growing, picking, and preparation.
Professor James A. Benn was trained primarily as a scholar of medieval Chinese religions (Buddhism and Taoism). His current research is aimed at understanding the practices and world views of medieval men and women, both religious and lay, through the close reading of primary sources in literary Chinese—the lingua franca of East Asian religions.
Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by Portland State University.
Lecture by Zhenhua Yu, East China Normal University
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Location: Eugene Public Library
This talk will introduce the evolvement of the Chinese Mind from the Axial Age to the present in the perspective of world philosophy. It will focus on traditional Chinese wisdom in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism in ancient China and its interaction with Western thought since 17th century, and underline some important features of the Chinese Mind on the basis of the rich intellectual history of China.
Dr. Yu Zhenhua, Professor and Dean of the Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University (ECNU); Yangtze River Scholar, Ministry of Education of China; Fulbright Research Scholar, New York University (2016-2017); Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2006-2007). Co-director of Knowledge and Action Lab, Joriss, between ECNU and Ecole Normale Superieure/Lyon, France. His fields of interest include epistemology, metaphysics and comparative philosophy. He has published books How is Metaphysical Wisdom Possible? (2000, 2015), The Tacit Dimension of Human Knowledge (2012), and dozens of articles in Chinese and international journals.