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Beijing Water 1908 – 2008: The Development of China’s Capital through its Most Elusive Resource


Public Talk by Thomas Hahn
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 4:00p
Location: Straub 145

Dr. Thomas Hahn served as the curator of the Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University Library for more than two decades and was most recently appointed as an instructor of China’s Urban History in the History Department at UC Berkeley.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Coleman-Guitteau Teaching Professorship at the Oregon Humanities Center, the Asian Studies Program, the Department of International Studies, and the Humanities Program.

Stuck in the Middle with You: Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of the Tang Emperor Zhongzong

Public Talk by Anthony DeBlasi
Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 4:00p
Location: Lawrence 115

This talk introduces Dr. DeBlasi’s views on Chinese intellectual history in the transition period from the Tang to the Song dynasties. Dr. DeBlasi is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University at Albany. His research focuses on the cultural history of the Tang Dynasty bureaucracy, views of learning in early ninth century China, Chinese intellectual history from the ninth through the twelfth century, Chinese monasticism, as well as Tibetan history.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Asian Studies Program, History Department, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Humanities Program,  and Oregon Humanities Center.

Treasures of a Lost Galleon: the Heritage of China’s Maritime Trade in the Late Imperial Period

Public Talk by Hans Van Tilburg
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 4:00p
Location: Lillis 185

Shipwrecks are time capsules of history, offering unique insights into a fascinating maritime past. In 2015 Hans Van Tilburg joined a volunteer research team of American and Mexican archaeologists investigating a Spanish shipwreck site in Baja California. The ship’s cargo, broken and buried in the remote dunes, speaks directly to the early days of the Manila galleons and the expansive global influence of China’s maritime trade. Through advancements in technology and increasing discoveries underwater, the potential for this kind of sunken heritage is becoming clearer throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Hans Van Tilburg earned his PhD in history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was also the lead instructor for the graduate certificate program in maritime archaeology and history. He taught numerous courses in world and maritime history as well as UNESCO Foundation Courses in Underwater Cultural Heritage. He published more than 35 articles and book reviews, as well as several books. Currently he is the archaeologist/historian for NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program in the Pacific Islands region and serves as a unit diving supervisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Hawaii.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Humanities Program

Internet Literature in China: The Early Years

Public Talk by Michel Hockx
Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 4:00p
Location: Knight Library Browsing Room

 Internet literature is now an accepted category of literary production in China and elsewhere. It is being taught at universities, its products are the subject of critical evaluation and compete for literary prizes. There is also a flourishing historiography of the genre and some early works have been singled out by several scholars as “foundational” or even “canonical.” This raises the question to what extent these early works have been preserved, and whether or not they can still be viewed and experienced in their original format and context. Based on material collected in the course of his own investigations, Michael Hockx will discuss the extent to which works have disappeared, and the methodological difficulties in doing research on this kind of ephemeral material.

Michel Hockx is a professor of Chinese literature and the Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely, both in English and in Chinese, on topics related to modern Chinese poetry and literary culture. His latest book, Internet Literature in China, was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.” His research focuses on the effects of moral censorship on the preservation and digitization of modern Chinese cultural products.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Underrepresented Minority Recruitment Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

The Peony Pavilion: Traditional Chinese Opera Performance

Performance by the Kwun Opera Society
Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 6:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

The visiting Chinese Kwun Opera Society performs scenes from a classic romance, accompanied by local musicians.

Harmony and Peace in Calligraphy

Public Talk by Bin Zhou
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

Learn about the history, significance, and art of Chinese calligraphy at an illustrated talk by Professor Zhou Bin. He isDirector of the Calligraphy Education and Psychology Research Center and Chair man of the United Association of Calligraphy working with the United Nations.

Love and Lust in Shakespeare and His Chinese Counterpart

Lecture by Maoqing Chen, University of Oregon Confucius Institute
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

In different cultural contexts, Shakespeare (1564-1616) and his contemporary Chinese counterpart Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) created dramatic masterpieces that transcend space and time. This talk is to elaborate upon the parallels and disparities between the two giants in terms of the representation of the universal motifs such as love, incest, zoophilia and avarice for power. It also touches upon the reception of Shakespeare in China and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion on American stage.

Dr. Maoqing Chen, Courtesy Co-Director of the University of Oregon Confucius Institute, Associate Professor of East China Normal University in Shanghai, Fulbright research scholar at the University of California at Irvine (2013-14), author of the book Dream and Drama: A Comparative Study of Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare (2008) and dozens of papers in comparative literature, intercultural theatre and applied linguistics.

The Art and Science of Taiji Quan

Demonstration by David Leung
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

Master David Leung and his students share the history, philosophy, and practice of Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Chi boxing). Attendees are welcome to participate in demonstrations.

The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and its Transformation in Modern Times

Lecture by Zhenhua Yu, East China Normal University
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 2:00p
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 former 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.

Tang Dynasty Tea Poetry

Lecture by James A. Benn
Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 2:00p
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.