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Portland, OR (October 24, 2003)—Reed College will host a workshop, "The Varied Portraits of Confucius," on November 1 and 2, 2003, in Reed’s psychology auditorium.

Stephen Durrant, of the University of Oregon, and Michael Nylan, from the University of California–Berkeley, will present lectures and lead discussion on early portrayals of Confucius in China. The scholars, joined by He Jianjun, Tony Clark, and Matthew Morgan, Han text specialists from the University of Oregon, will examine how people see not one Confucius but several Confuciuses—each the portrait of different artists’ brushwork.

Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, the workshop is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Reed public events site, or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Saturday, November 1
2 p.m.

Stephen Durrant, University of Oregon
Lecture:The Master Did Not Do What I’m Doing Now: Confucius in Zuo Zhuan

Durrant is the author of The Cloudy Mirror: Tension and Conflict in the Writings of Sima Qian, in which he describes Sima Qian’s portrayal of the master as a kind of self-portrait.

4 p.m.
New Scholars’ Roundtable: Han Dynasty Portraits of Confucius

Sunday, November 2
Michael Nylan, University of California–Berkeley
Lecture: Two Confuciuses: His Shi ji and Analects Portraits, ca. 100 B.C.

Nylan has written the only thorough survey of the Classicist canon with The Five "Confucian" Classics, published in 2001.

2 p.m.
Reading the Primary Sources: And Now Which Confucius Do You See?
A student workshop on the primary sources, led by Stephen Durrant and Michael Nylan.

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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