China comes to The Citadel
"China at The Citadel" week kicks off on October 30 and aims to call attention to China's newfound importance in a global economy and to underscore that The Citadel's faculty and students are working diligently to understand the culture and circumstances of this economic giant.
China has transformed itself from being a poor agrarian country to being an industrial powerhouse and is now the second largest economy in the world and the largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. Realizing China's overwhelming importance, The Citadel will offer Chinese language instruction in the spring and already offers courses on Chinese history and politics.
To call attention to China’s world role, The Citadel History Department will host a series of lectures by professors from The Citadel, College of Charleston, Stanford University, New York University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and others. All events are free and open to the public.
The week will start at 6:45 p.m. Monday, October 30 in Room 101 in Duckett Hall with a double-lecture by The Citadel’s Keith Knapp on "Confucian Values' Continued Relevance in Contemporary China" and professor Liu Guoli of the College of Charleston on "Challenges and Opportunities for a Rising China."
China at The Citadel is being held in conjunction the Southeast Early China Roundtable meeting Nov. 3-5 at The Citadel. The roundtable offers a variety of discussions that examine different aspects of China's rich cultural past. Here’s a schedule of lectures.
Friday, Nov. 3
5 p.m. - Albert Dien, Stanford University, “The Tomb of Master Shi: a Sogdian Caravan Leader in Sixth-century China.” Room 101, Duckett Hall.
8 p.m. - Eric Henry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “A Traveler's Notes on the Expression 'Bu Hao Yisi': China and Vietnam from a Cross-cultural Perspective.” Room 228, Mark Clark Hall.
Saturday, Nov. 4
9:30-noon – Southeast Early China Roundtable Panel One: “Characters, Texts, and Historiography in Early China.” Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall.
- Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Old Dominion University, "The Meaning of the Graph Yi and Its Implications for Shang Belief and Art."
- Moss Roberts, New York University, "The Introductory Function of Analects 1.1 and Analects 1.2.”
- Eric Henry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "The Role of Sima Tan in the Creation of the Su Qin Legend.”
- Jeffrey Richey, Berea College, “Teaching Early China and Ancient Rome Comparatively.”
2:00-3:15 - Panel Two: “Southern Dynasties’ Poetry and Potentates”
- Cynthia Chennault, University of Florida, "Seeking the Uncommon: Buddhist Temples in Poems of the Late Southern Dynasties.”
- Andrew Chittick, Eckerd College, "A Provincial Perspective on Xiao Yan (Liang Wudi)."
3:30- 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: “Exemplary Women and Didactic Texts.” Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall.
- Anne Kinney, University of Virginia, "Women of Spring and Autumn Wey."
- Lisa Rosenlee, University of Hawai’i – West Oahu, “Didactic Texts for Women and the Subversion of Nei”
- Norman Rothschild, University of North Florida, "Heir to a Glorious Lineage of Women: Wu Zhao's Affiliation with Eminent Female Paragons of the Past."
Sunday, Nov. 5
9:30-noon – Panel Four: “Holy Rituals, Holy Texts, and Holy Messes in Early Medieval China.” Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall.
- Karin Myhre, University of Georgia, Athens, "Studies of Han Nuo: Intersections of Drama and Ritual."
- Neil Schmid, North Carolina State University, "The Six Dynasties Origins of the 'Popular Lecture'"
- Keith Knapp, The Citadel, “Did the Middle Kingdom have a Middle Period? The Problem of ‘Medieval’ in China’s History.”