Please join Wei Shang, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture at Columbia University, and Lihua Yang, Professor of Philosophy at Peking University for a discussion on Chinese classic literature. The panel will focus on the essence and wisdom of Chinese classic literature and its modern significance. Chunying Li, Associate Professor at the International Confucian Academy of China University of Political Science and Law, will moderate the panel discussion.
This event is part of the 2019 Columbia Beijing Summer East Asian Series, in celebration of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s 70th anniversary, and it is also the second event of the Gei Hai Zi Series Fifth Anniversary Series.
About the Speakers
Professor Wei Shang is the Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and is also on the faculty of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He specializes in pre-modern Chinese literature and culture, especially fiction and drama of the Ming and Qing dynasties. His research interests also include print culture, book history, and intellectual history of the same era. From 1978 to 1988, Professor Shang received his B.A. and M.A. from Peking University. From 1988 to 1995, he received his PhD from Harvard University. He has joined the Columbia faculty since 1997. His book Rulin waishi and Cultural Transformation in Late Imperial China (Harvard University Press, 2003) addresses the role of ritual and fiction in shaping the intellectual and cultural changes of the eighteenth century. He is also the author of Chapter 4 of The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature II: “The Literati Era and Its Demise (1723-1840).”
Lihua Yang is a professor of philosophy, Ph.D. supervisor, and associate dean at the Graduate School of Peking University. Yang’s research interests mainly include the history of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, and Taoism. In recent years, Yang has mainly focused on Song-Ming philosophy and Wei-Jin philosophy. Yang has published several monographs, i.e. Fifteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy (Peking University Press, 2019), Fifteen Lectures on Song-Ming Neo-Confucianism (Peking University Press, 2015), A History of Chinese Confucianism (the Song-Yuan part, Peking University Press, 2011), On Guo Xiang’s Commentary of Zhuangzi (Peking University Press, 2010), Qiben & Shenhua: Commentary on Zhang Zai’s Philosophy (Peking University Press, 2008), and The Innominate Joint – The Development of Taoist Methods of Immortality Through Concepts of Internal Alchemy (Peking University Press, 2002). He has translated five books, including On Wang Bi’s Commentary of Laozi, The Discourse of Race in Modern China, The Collected Works on History of Thought in Sung Dynasty, The Life and Thought of Chang Hsüeh-ch’eng, and The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making, with more than forty academic publications.
About the Moderator
Chunying Li is an associate professor and master supervisor at the International Confucian Academy of China Univerisity of Political Science and Law. She received her PhD in philosophy at Peking University. Her research focuses on the history of Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019; 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing
No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street
Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. Opening
7:10 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Lecture by Professor Wei SHANG
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Q&A
Co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, Moveable Type, and CITIC Press.