CEAPS Speaker SeriesThe CEAPS Speaker Series is CEAPS signature event. Every semester, we invite renowned Asian Studies scholars to the U of I campus to give talks on their most recent research and projects. This semester, we feature Dr. Theodore Hughes (Columbia University), Dr. Susan Burns (University of Chicago), and Dr. Matthew Königsberg (Free University of Berlin). Please see the attached calendar for the schedule and topics of their talks.
Professor Chan Park Photo Courtesy of the OSU Colleges of the Arts and Sciences
|The CEAPS Speaker Series not only highlights cutting-edge research and perspectives on campus, but also creates opportunities for speakers to meet with faculty and students with mutual intellectual interests. A highlight of one of our past events was Professor Chan Park (Ohio State University) who offered a performance of the Korean art, pansori, accompanying herself on the puk, a double-headed barrel drum. In addition to the performance, Professor Park lectured on “Singing P’ansori, Korean Theatre of Storytelling, in Search of Narrative Interiority.” A large audience of students and faculty engaged her in lively discussion following the lecture/performance.|
CEAPS Brown Bag SeriesThe CEAPS brown bag series is designed to give U of I graduate students and faculty a chance to share their work with colleagues on campus. This semester's speakers include Wenrui Chen (Ph.D. Candidate, College of Communication), Robert Tierney (Associate Professor, EALC and Comparative Literature), and Sangsook Lee-Chung (Visiting Assistant Professor, EALC). Wenrui Chen’s talk, “Investigative Journalism in China: A Historical Perspective,” took place on February 6th. Faculty and students in the audience learned about how investigative journalism in contemporary China has been a struggling deviation from its role as the “mouthpiece” of the Party-State since Mao’s time. Audience discussion engaged important issues such as comparative perspectives on the investigative journalism in China and U.S., and how both the differences and similarities are deeply rooted in the socio-cultural foundations of different societies. Wenrui’s talk brought together the faculty and doctoral students in different fields.
Wenrui Chen answering questions. Photo by Kunyang He.
|As we look forward to the next two talks this semester, we are in the process of planning the Brown Bag talks in the upcoming semesters. If you are interested to use this platform to share your research, please contact Elizabeth Oyler (email@example.com).|
Translating East Asia Series
|Photo adopted from “Mountain Songs” website. http://www.mountainsongs.net/translator_.php?id=14||With great support from the Center for Translation Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Program in Medieval Studies, we are hosting a series on "Translating East Asia," featuring public lectures by Bill Porter (aka Red Pine), Jenny Wang Medina, and Royall Tyler. Bill Porter arrived on campus on January 28th and gave two lectures, one focused on translation, entitled “Chinese Poetry and the Art of Translation” and one on “Hermits and Zen: Solitary and Communal Practice in China.”
Audience discussion was stimulated by Porter’s deep understanding of Zen culture in China, and how his cultural understanding inspired his creative translation of Chinese poems. Mr. Porter used the metaphor of “a blind person dancing with a beautiful dancer” to describe his process to a standing-room only crowd. Porter’s lectures not only benefitted students of translation, but also scholars who share the interest of Chinese culture, religious studies and cultural studies. We look forward to the lectures by Jenny Wang Medina and Royall Tyler on April 1st and April 17th.
Visit and Talks by Shanghai Jiaotong University PresidentIn collaboration with International Programs and Studies (IPS), CEAPS welcomed President Zhang, Jie of Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) on October 29th and 30th. Shanghai Jiaotong University is a top-tier university in China, and is called “China’s MIT” because of its excellence in STEM fields. President Zhang gave a campus-wide talk on “The Path Towards Excellence – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Journey to Becoming a World-Class University” which illustrated the challenges and opportunities of a Chinese university opening up to the world and becoming a world-class university. On October 29th, President Zhang met with Chinese students and lectured on career opportunities in China. As a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Third World Academy of Sciences, as well as a foreign associate of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, President Zhang shared his experiences of how to prepare oneself as a global scholar.Both domestic and international students found his talk beneficial for thinking about their own study and career trajectory from a global perspective.
|President Zhang Jie’s talk, chaired by Dr. Brian Endres, Interim Director, IPS; Photo by Su Su.||Developing institutional faculty and student collaborators between U of I and universities in East Asian countries is a mission of CEAPS, so we are happy to provide any support that you or your unit may need in this regard.|
China DayOn February 16th, 2015, we hosted China Day events running all day in Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum. Timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year, China Day also celebrated the Spurlock’s current exhibit “East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange.”
|David H. Shinn giving a lecture; Photo by Jian Zhang.||The afternoon workshop on “Engaging Chinese and International Students” gathered a panel of faculty, staff, and Chinese students. The workshop started with a documentary on Chinese students’ experiences on the U of I campus. This was followed by a talk by Heidi Ross (Professor, International Education, Indiana University) on related issues. The workshop then turned to a dialogue between faculty, staff, student panels and the audience, and was centered on the challenges and opportunities that Chinese students face on campus. CEAPS and the participants hope to continue the conversation and coordinate follow-up workshops on this topic. If you share the same interest and would like to participate in the conversation, please contact Elizabeth Oyler at firstname.lastname@example.org|
Documentary ProjectUsing documentaries to communicate ideas is a strategy we use for many of our projects. CEAPS holds documentary workshops to train study-abroad students to document their “journeys abroad.” We also collaborate with the Chinese Independent Film Society to produce documentaries about Chinese students’ experiences and perspectives. Here are a few accomplished works.