February 26 Event: “Makers and Markets: Drivers of Fashion in Chinese History:” Photos and Audio

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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 26, 2015 event “Makers and Markets: Drivers of Fashion in Chinese History.” The event featured a lecture by BuYun Chen, Assistant Professor of History at Swarthmore College and Rachel Silberstein, Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design. Their presentation was moderated by Dorothy Ko, Professor of History at Barnard College and faculty member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.  The event, co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, is part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series.

During the event the three panelists held a captivating discussion about the development of Chinese fashion and its economic, social, and technological history.

The Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series aims to engage New York-based museums, galleries, and art institutions and their key players, experts, and artists in conversation about a variety of issues and topics, from museum anthropology to collecting and selling art. The final lecture in this series is on Tibetan material culture and will be held on April 30, 2015.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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February 26 Event: “Museums, Exhibitions, and Digital Media:” Photos and Audio

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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 26, 2015 event “Museums, Exhibitions, and Digital Media.” The event featured a lecture by John T. Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was moderated by Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature at Columbia University and faculty member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.  The event, co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, is part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series.

During the event Dr. Carpenter talked about the role of digital technology in exhibiting Japanese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and discussed the vast digital resources available to scholars online through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.

The Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series aims to engage New York-based museums, galleries, and art institutions and their key players, experts, and artists in conversation about a variety of issues and topics, from museum anthropology to collecting and selling art. The final lecture in this series is on Tibetan material culture and will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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February 24 Event “Sound and Image: Chinese Poets in Conversation with Artist Xu Bing:” Photos and Audio

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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 24, 2015 event “Sound and Image: Chinese Poets in Conversation with Artist Xu Bing.” The standing-room only event featured a stimulating discussion between internationally acclaimed artist Xu Bing and five renowned Chinese poets: Bei Dao, Ouyang Jianghe, Xi Chuan, Zhai Yongming, and Zhou Zan.  Their conversation was moderated by Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and John Rajchman, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Columbia University.  Eugenia Lean, Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Columbia University, introduced the discussion.

The event was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Confucius Institute at Columbia University, Xu Bing Studio, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Department of Art History and Archaeology,  the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia Global Centers East Asia, and Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) of the School of the Arts.

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the five Chinese poets–along with five eminent American poets– read poetry in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Xu Bing’s soaring “Phoenix” sculpture is on display. For a discussion with Columbia University professor Lydia H. Liu about Xu Bing’s “Phoenix,” please click here.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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February 24 Event: “East Asia’s Changing Security Environment and Japan’s Response:” Photos and Audio

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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 24, 2015 event “East Asia’s Changing Security Environment and Japan’s Response.” The event featured a lecture by Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute; Senior Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange; and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo; and Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University. 

During the event and ensuing discussion Tanaka and Curtis covered the changing security landscape of Northeast Asia.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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February 23 Event: “Speech and Media Freedom – New Lessons of the Umbrella Revolution:” Photos and Audio


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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 23, 2015 event “Speech and Media Freedom – New Lessons of the Umbrella Revolution.” The event featured a lecture by Margaret Ng, who is a noted politician, barrister, writer, and columnist in Hong Kong. Dr. Ng’s lecture was moderated by Benjamin L. Liebman, Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, and Director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School. 

During the lecture and the discussion afterward, Dr. Ng addressed current legal issues in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The event was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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February 5 Event: “New Directions in Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy:” Photos and Video

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Photographs and video are now available from the February 5, 2015 Tenth Annual Lecture on Japanese Politics, titled: “New Directions in Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy.” The event featured Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University. The lecture by Professor Curtis–an internationally known expert on Japanese politics–was moderated by Hugh T. Patrick, R.D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus; and Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School.

The event was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and The Center on Japanese Economy and Business.

To view the video, please click here.

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February 4 Event: “Chinese Dreams and Chinese Nightmares, 1989 to 2014:” Photos and Audio

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Photographs and audio are now available from the February 4, 2015 event “Chinese Dreams and Chinese Nightmares, 1989 to 2014.” The standing-room only event featured a lecture by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California, Irvine. Professor Wasserstrom’s lecture was moderated by David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Columbia University. 

During the lecture and the discussion afterward, Professor Wasserstrom addressed the following questions: How has the Chinese Communist Party stayed in power so long after similar organizations fell in Eastern and Central Europe?  Are the strategies that it has been using to deal with protest since 1989 still effective?  What makes Xi Jinping similar to and different from his immediate predecessors?  Referring to a range of photographs and illustrations, Professor Wasserstrom discussed the different sorts of dreams that inspire hope and nightmares and that can cause anxiety among various groups within the People’s Republic of China, from officials in Beijing to students in Hong Kong, from migrant workers in Dongguan to Uyghurs in Urumqi.

The event was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and The Harriman Institute. It was part of Harriman’s 2014-15 series “Learning from Transition: From the Local to the Global: Who is Learning From Whom?” and it was led by Professor Stark and postdoctoral fellow Elena Krumova.

For audio of the event on iTunes, please click here.

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