Events

Asian Studies Lecture Series

The Asian Studies Lecture Series is funded by the kind generosity of Felix Chen.  All events are free and open to the public.

SPRING 2014
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April 16, 2014

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

The Blossoming Heart: Possession in Medieval Bhakti Poetry
by Dr. Gardner Harris, Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center

Time: 5:00PM

Place: Hyer Hall 204

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FEB. 11, 2014

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

IS BUDDHISM THE MISSING LINK IN THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE?
by Dr. Pierce Salguero, Penn State University


With the flourishing of the Silk Roads in the first centuries C.E., the two relatively independent worlds of Indo-European and East Asian medicine came into sustained conversation for the first time. This moment in history represents one of the most significant and best-documented instances of cross cultural medical exchange in the premodern world, and Buddhism played a surprisingly central role in facilitating this exchange. While many sources of Indo-Sinitic medical exchange are no longer extant, a survey of medieval Chinese Buddhist texts from approximately 150-1000 C.E. finds that Indo-European medical terminology, doctrines, and metaphors were carried to China as part and parcel of the transmission of the philosophies and practices of the religion. These texts reveal that medicine and religion were intimately intertwined in medieval Asia, but they also demonstrate surprising resonances with the globalization of Buddhism in the contemporary period.

Time: 4:00PM

Place: Heroy Hall 153


FALL 2013
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OCT. 24, 2013

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

THE FIRST CHINESE AMERICAN: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF WONG CHIN FOO
A Lecture and Book Signing by
Scott D. Seligman


Scott D. Seligman is a writer, a historian, a genealogist, a retired corporate executive and a career "China hand." He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University with distinction in American civilization and a master's degree from Harvard University. Fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China for eight years and reads and writes Chinese. He is the author of Three Tough Chinamen, Chinese Business Etiquette, and Dealing with the Chinese, and co-author of the best-selling The Cultural Revolution Cookbook, Chinese at a Glance, and Now You're Talking Mandarin Chinese.

Time: 5:30PM

Place: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall

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SEPT. 19, 2013

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

EARTH, WATER, AND POWER: WAR AND ENVIRONMENT IN NORTH CHINA, 1938-1952
by Dr. Micah Muscolino

Dr. Muscolino's area of expertise is the environmental history of late imperial and modern China. He was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ and has received awards from Fulbright (IIE), the Center for Chinese Studies at the National Central Library in Taiwan, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. He is author of Fishing Wars and Environmental Change in Late Imperial and Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Time: 5PM-7PM

Place: Fondren Science 158


PREVIOUS EVENTS

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FEB. 28, 2013

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS A SCOTT HAWKINS LECTURE:

Women, Sanskrit and Religious Experience: Notes from the 21st Century Field
by Dr. Laurie Patton


Dr. Laurie Patton is the Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. Patton joined Duke in 2011 from Emory, where she was the Charles Howard Candler professor of religions and inaugural director of Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the office of the Provost. While at Emory, Patton served as chair of the religion department from 2000-07, founded and co-convened the Religions and the Human Spirit Strategic Plan, and received the Emory Williams Award (Emory's most prestigious honor for teaching) in 2005. Patton is an accomplished scholar and the author or editor of eight books on South Asian history, culture, and religion. In addition, she has translated the classical Sanskrit text, The Bhagavad Gita, and has published two books of poetry.

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Place: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall

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MARCH 5, 2013

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

Delineating the World: Eurasian Exchange of World Geographical Knowledge in the Premodern Era 
by Dr. Hyunhee Park


Hyunhee Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at John Jay College. She received her BA in Asian and Western history at Seoul National University in South Korea. She studied in the Department of East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she received her MA. She came to the United States in 2001 and received her PhD from the department of history at Yale University in 2008. Her bookMapping the Chinese and Islamic Worlds: Cross-Cultural Exchange in Pre-Modern Asia will be published by Cambridge University Press. This study explores medieval contact and exchange between the Islamic World and China by utilizing geographic and cartographic information. At John Jay College, she teaches courses about Chinese history, global history, and justice in the non-Western tradition.

Time: 5:00pm

Place: Dedman Life Science 132

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APRIL 13, 2012

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

Taiwan's 2012 Presidential Election 
by Dr. Peter Hays Gries


Peter Gries is the Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair in US-China Issues at the University of Oaklahoma.

Time: 3-4:30pm

Place: Fondren Science 155

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MARCH 26, 2012

ASIAN STUDIES PRESENTS:

Japan's Unmarketable Girl Cool 
by Dr. Laura Miller


Laura Miller is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Center for International Studies, where she the Ei'ichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professor of Japanese Studies Endowed Chair. She has published widely on Japanese popular culture and language, including topics such as the wizard boom, girls' slang, and print club photos.

Dr. Miller is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics (University of California Press, 2006), and co-editor of Bad Girls of Japan (with Jan Bardsley, Palgrave, 2005). She recently completed Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (co-edited with Jan Bardsley, University of California Press, 2011).

Time: 7pm

Place: Fondren Science 152

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OCTOBER 17, 2011


Asian Studies Program, Departments of History and Religious Studies, and the Tower Center Present a Scott-Hawkins Lecture:

Pakistan Between Democracy and Radicalization 
by Dr. Juan Cole


Dr. Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

Time: 5:15pm

Place: McCord Auditorium