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Upcoming Events

Information session: Fulbright/Rhodes/Watson

Place and Time: Psych 105, Monday, February 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

The Fellowships & Awards Committee will be offering an information session about nationally competitive fellowships in advance of next year's deadlines, many of which are in the early fall. Students interested in applying for programs such as Fulbright, Rhodes, or Watson should attend these sessions to learn more about the program requirements and how they, as potential applicants, might spend the summer in ways useful to the development of their program applications.


Past Events

Sinobibliophile Salon @ Reed

Place and Time: Eliot 414, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

PresenterKenneth Brashier, Professor of Religion and Humanities, Reed College

Title: “Cultivating Daoism” 修道 by Qiu Chuji 丘處機 (1148-1227)

Abstract: In the late Song dynasty, Qiu Chuji (whose Daoist name was Changchunzi 長春 or “Master of Perpetual Spring”) served as adviser to Genghis Khan and had de facto control over all monasteries (including Buddhist ones) in north China. As third patriarch of the Daoist Quanzhen tradition, he wrote a great deal of poetry about the meditative experience. I propose we read his 修道 or “Cultivating Daoism,” a poem in twenty quatrains about a monk in his cell meditating into the ineffable. While I’m not a specialist in “religious” Daoism, this poem caught my eye because it relies on some basic Daoist philosophy, shifts to the notion of grotto paradises and incorporates lashings of Buddhism and alchemy. I hope the hive mind can help me figure out Qiu Chuji’s mental journey.

Lecture: Yomi Braester (University of Washington), "The Chinese City as a Painted Scroll"

Date/Time: Thursday, November 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Place: Eliot Hall Chapel, Reed College

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As elsewhere, cities in contemporary China are now understood through the use of 

digital media. The city has become virtual: it is often constituted through software and interfaces, and its verbal and visual description relies on the vocabulary of new media. During this talk, we’ll look at artwork made in China during the recent decade and in particular show how the traditional form of the handscroll has been modified to interact with the new urban environment.

Yomi Braester is Lockwood Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of Witness Against History (2003) and Painting the City Red (2010, Joseph Levenson Book Prize winner). He is also the co-editor of Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Lecture: Thomas Ebrey, "Multiple Impressions: Chinese Color Woodblock Printing"

Place and Time: Library 41, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1:40-3:00 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Ebrey is one of the world's foremost authorities on color printing in China. In this talk, he will discuss the various editions of the Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual (芥子園畫傳, sometimes 芥子園畫譜). The talk will include a more interactive component during which audience members will be able to examine prints from his collection.

 Sinobibliophile Salon @ Reed

Place and Time: Eliot 414, Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

PresenterHyong Rhew, Professor of Chinese and Humanities, Reed College

Title"What do we do about cardinal virtues?: Preliminary thoughts on translating the Yijing."

Sinobibliophile Salon @ Reed

Place and Time: Eliot 414, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

PresenterAlexei Ditter, Associate Professor of Chinese and Humanities, Reed College

Title: "Two Woman-authored Entombed Epitaphs from the Tang Dynasty (618–907)"

Abstract: The “Entombed Epitaph and Preface for He [Jian 何簡 (685–742)],” written by his wife, Ms. Xin of Longxi 隴西辛氏 (n.d.) and the “Entombed Epitaph for Cao Yin 曹因,” written by his wife, Ms. Zhou 周氏 (n.d.) are two of only three female-authored muzhiming extant from the Tang dynasty. Both texts are relatively short (285 and 144 characters respectively) and we should have time to work our way through both. I hope in particular to focus on the authors descriptions of their respective husbands’ career and character, and to discuss to what degree, if any, we might identify how their texts may have differed from those of male authors.