Asian Studies Special Events
The Encyclopedia or Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Professions and The Complete Library of the Four Branches: Comparisons and Connections
Xiaohua Chen, Professor of History and Director of the Historical Documents Seminar, Capital Normal University, Beijing
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Professor Chen has been visiting UB to broadern her understanding of Western scholarship on bibliographical studies in China and Europe in the high Qing period (18th century). She will present her chief findings in English and Chinese. To depend the discussion, attendees are invited to read her paper prior to the session. Sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute, Department of History, Asian Studies Program, and Humanities Institute.
CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Live webcast with 64th United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and on-site discussion from former Henry Luce Foundation Vice President Terry Lautz
Monday, October 28
7:00 pm (reception begins at 6:30; webcast promptly at 7:00; PLEASE ARRIVE PRIOR TO 7:00 IF YOU CAN)
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments will be served prior to the event.
CHINA Town Hall, a national day of programming on China involving more than 60 cities throughout the United States, this year features a webcast from Madeleine Albright. Dr. Albright, serving as Secretary of State from 1997-2001, was once the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright also served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Following Dr. Albright’s webcast, Dr. Terry Lautz will lead a discussion and give a presentation of his own entitled “China’s Identity and Projection of its Image and Influence.” Dr. Lautz is currently a visiting professor at Syracuse University where he teaches Chinese history and politics. His recent publications deal with Sino-American cultural and educational relations.
Presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute, Asian Studies Program, and International Institute of Buffalo.
Jagadamba: A Play about Kasturba Gandhi
Saturday, September 7
Drama Theater, UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Tickets: $20; $10 for students
Jagadamba is a one-woman play in two acts that explores the life of Kasturba, the wife of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Jagadamba is the story of an uneducated woman who becomes a source of inspiration and comfort to one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. The play offers unique insights into the life of Mohandas Gandhi from the perspective of Kasturba, and examines two of Gandhi’s most important principles—satyagraha (literally “truth force,” but now synonymous with nonviolent resistance) and brahmacharya (“celibacy,” but in a larger sense, renunciation). Presented by Triveni, Gujarati Samaj of Buffalo, the UB Asian Studies Program, UB Gender Institute, and Office of the Vice Provost for International Education. View the event flyer here.
Moon Festival Celebration
September 19, 2013
Slee Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
The Moon Festival celebration will feature lively performances by student artists from Beijing’s Captial Normal University that evoke the spirit of the Chinese people and draw on the traditions of ancient China. This exciting evening will include performances on the guzheng (similar to a zither), pipa (a four-stringed instrument sometime called Chinese lute), and flutes (gourd flute, bawu and long flute), as well as spectacular dancing and Chinese martial arts. Sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute, Capital Normal University, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
A film by Kon Ichikawa
Tuesday October 1, 2013
Market Arcade Film & Arts Center
639 Main Street, Buffalo, NY
Admission: Adults $9, Students $7, Seniors $6.50
An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross section of Imperial Army soldiers, who eventually give in to the most terrifying craving of all. Grisly yet poetic, Fires on the Plain is one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema’s most versatile filmmakers.
The Buffalo Film Seminars are presented by the University at Buffalo and by the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center.
For more information, and for this fall’s full schedule, click here.
Rashomon (1950, Japan)
Tuesday, October 8
120 Clemens Hall
In conjunction with AS 395, Japanese Literature
“Rashomon” is a 1950 Japanese crime drama based on Akutagawa Ryunosuke's famous short stories, "In a Grove" and “Rashomon.” The plot centers on the testimonies of each character involved in the murder of a samurai. Revolutionary for its time, Kurosawa uses the multiple perspective approach to reveal the subjective nature of truth and the unreliability of testimony. A stunning example of cinematic art, this film marks an important moment in Japanese and film history. Film directed by Kurosawa Akira.
Film screening and discussion led by Ian Wilson
Part of the Global Cinemaspectives Film Series
Friday, October 11
Knox 4, UB North Campus
The film's central story concerns a father who is trying to organize an enormous, chaotic and expensive wedding for his daughter, Aditi, for whom he has arranged a marriage with a man she has known for only a few weeks. A wedding is one of the few times each generation that an extended Punjabi family comes together from all corners of the globe, bringing its emotional baggage along. The four-day arrangements and celebrations will see clumsy organization, family drama, dangers to the happy end of the wedding and lots of music. Sponsored by UB International Student and Scholar Services Office and the Undergraduate Academies.
“Why Does Ritual Matter? Theories from Classical China”--Professor Michael Puett (Harvard University)
Confucius Institute Lecture Series
Friday, October 18
Clemens 120, UB North Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Reception to follow
Ritual (礼,禮) is a central concept of Confucianism. At Analects 12:1, we read: “Yen Yuan asked about human goodness [ren 仁]. Confucius said, ‘It is to master oneself and return to ritual’. . . Yen Yuan said, ‘Could you specify a bit?’ Confucius said: ‘Do not look at what is contrary to ritual; do not listen to what is contrary to ritual; do not speak what is contrary to ritual, and do not act which is contrary to ritual.’” If what Confucius said is still vague, Professor Puett will further specify.
Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, and Acting Director of the Asia Center. His interests are focused on the inter-relations between anthropology, history, religion, and philosophy. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China, To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, and the co-author of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.
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