The East Asian Studies program sponsors a variety of events during the academic year, including lectures, films, and performances.  Many of these events are co-sponsored by the following:  The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs; the Intercultural Center; the Department of Performing Arts; the Multicultural Film Series.  Events during the 2009 through 2012 academic years had as primary sponsor the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant for East Asian Studies.

Past Events

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Fall 2009:

September 9
Dr. Boshu Zhang
Philosophy Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing:  “China in a Global Context”

October 8 
Dr. Randall Doyle
Department of History, Central Michigan University
“The United States and the Pacific Rim”

October 15
Dr. Boshu Zhang, “The ‘Rising’ China”

Spring 2010:

February 26
Dr. Deborah Sommer
Department of  Religion, Gettysburg College
“The Afterlife of Confucius: Images of the Master, Past and Present”

March 4
Dr. William R. Farrell
Chairman, National Association of Japan America Societies
“ U.S.-Japan Relations”

April 16
Dr. Michael Nylan
Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
“Lives of Confucius”

Fall 2010

September 8
“An Afternoon Song Recital,” Zhen-Shi Zhou, Soprano, Visiting Artist,
Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Tianjin, China
Accompanied by Dawn Chung, Pianist; lieder, opera arias, and Chinese art songs.                 

October 1
East Asian Lecture Series
“Fantasies of Valor: Legends of the Samurai in Japan and the U.S.”
Dr. Mark Ravina, Professor of History, Emory University                

November 12
“Dangerous Islands: Northeast Asia’s Really BIG Problem with Really Tiny Little Pieces of Land”
Dr. Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut, Storrs

November 18
“Rethinking Korean Culture and Education:  Past versus Present”
Dr. Kiljoo Woo, Associate Professor of English Education, Busan National University, Busan, Korea

Nov. 19-21, Dec. 2-4
Performing Arts Center Main Season
“The Good Woman of Setzuan,” by Bertolt Brecht, Directed by Prof. Jeffrey Martin
A fantasy morality tale set in the China of Brecht’s imagination.
Sponsored  by the Performing Arts Department

December 4
Alive! Arts Series Concert
The Chinese Music Ensemble of Boston, Directed by Tai-Chun Pan
Classical and folk music of China performed by an orchestra of traditional instruments, including bowed strings, plucked strings, bamboo winds, and percussion.
Performing Arts Center; Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Department and the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2011:

April 1
“Japanese Buddhist Sculpture,” Prof. Samuel Morse, Departments of Fine Arts & Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College                      

April 8
“Facets of Buddhism,” Prof. Shigenori Nagatomo, Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

April 29
“Experiences in Korea/Korean History”
Prof. Donald Clark, Director of International Studies Program, Trinity College, San Antonio, TX

Fall 2013:

September 23
“Understanding China: The Reality Behind Its Fast Economic Growth”
Dr. Boshu Zhang, Professor of East Asian Studies, Columbia University

October 7
“The China-Japan Question: Will History or Economics Determine Their Fates in the  21st Century?” Dr. Randall Doyle, Professor of History, Mid-Michigan Community College 

October 21
“A Firsthand Test of Communism: My Personal Experience in the Collapse of Communism,” Shuping Yao, Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

November 20
On his recent book, 3-11: Disaster and Change in Japan
Dr. Richard Samuels, Professor and Director of the MIT-Japan Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall 2015:

September 22:  “Punish and Purge: The Aftermath of the Beijing Massacre, 1989-1992”
Dr. Jeremy Brown, Department of History, Simon Fraser University

November 2:  Multicultural Film Festival, “Farewell My Concubine” (China, 1993)
Directed by Chen Kaige from the novel by Lilian Lee

November 7:  Full-day Conference, “Conversations on China”
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