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Beth Sorensen
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LECTURE TO FOCUS ON RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN EARLY CHINA

Michael J. Puett, professor of Chinese history at Harvard University, will discuss "Domesticating the World: The Efficacy of Religious Practices in Early China" on Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in Reed's biology auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by Reed’s division of philosophy, religion, and psychology, is free and open to the public. For more information see http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call 503/777-7755.

Michael J. Puett will lecture on how ritual was defined and discussed in early China. He will apply modern theory to ancient evidence through focusing on how anthropological discussions about ritual can help modern scholars understand early ritual. Puett is author of To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China (Harvard, 2002), which shows that the basic cosmological assumptions of ancient China were subject to far more debate than is generally thought. His first book, The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China (Stanford, 2001), studies the debates in China during the Warring States period to the early Han concerning the formation and legitimization of new institutions.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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