Lecture Series Archives

General Information

Confucius Institute organizes and hosts a Distinguished Lecture series on Chinese culture and studies that brings renowned scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia to Rutgers to discuss various aspects of Chinese culture and contemporary China. Topics of lectures range from traditional Chinese literature, history, philosophy to the transformation in economy, society, culture, and the urbanization of contemporary China. These lectures are open and free to the public and give attendees deeper insight and understanding into the China of before, today, and the future.

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2017


"China's Expanding Global Media Presence:What Does It Mean for Chinese Journalism?"
by Professor Nyiri 
Pál Dániel, Vrije University 
Monday, December 4th, 4:30 P.M.
Alexander Library, Room #403
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
For more information, please see here.


"Tea and Trade at the Heart of Sino-Tibetan Relations"
by Professor Patrick Booz, Pennsylvania State 
University 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 4:30 P.M.
Alexander Library (4th Floor)
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
For more information, please see here.


"The Chinese - English Key Words Project (中英关键词项目)"
by Professor Louisa Schein, Rutgers University  SAS-Anthropology 
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Confucius Institute of Rutgers University 
24 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see PDF here.

"From Mu Dan to Hai Zi: Body Writing, Generational Difference, and New Poetry "
by Professor ZANG Di (臧棣), Peking University 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:30 A.M - 1:00 P.M.
Scott Hall 332 
43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
For more information, please see here.


"Social Disadvantage and Child Health among China's Rural-Urban Migrant Households"
by Professor Yana Rodgers, Rutgers University 
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:30PM
24 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.


"The New Chinese Exclusion: Chinese Computing in the Age of Alphanumeric Hegemony"
by Professor Thomas Mullaney, Stanford University
Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:30PM
Brower Commons A (2nd Floor)
145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see pdf here (116 KB) .

Lecture Archives


To see the lectures given in each year, please click on the year.

2016


"Extravagance and Grandeur in 18th Century China: The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Tours in Painting, Poetry, and Logistical Practice"
by Professor Michael G. Chang, George Mason University
Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.


"Recasting Modern Chinese Intellectual History: Ideological Moments, Intellectual World, and Enduring Ideas
by Professor Timothy Cheek, University of British Columbia
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.


"Preventing Protest One Person at a Time: Psychological and Relational Repression in China"
by Professor Kevin O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.


"Can the US and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?"
by Orville Schell, Asia Society
Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:30-6PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here or click   pdf here (147 KB) to download the flyer.


"China's Industrial Revolution: Past, Present, and Future"
by WEN Yi, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Tsinghua University
Tuesday, November 22, 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
For more information, please see here.

2015


"Why Chopsticks"
by Professor Q. Edward Wang, Rowan University
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:30PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


"The Sage Calligrapher Wang Xizhi" Faculty Seminar
by Professor Tao Deming, Kansai University
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 12PM
Confucius Institute Seminar Room


"Filiality in Contemporary China"
by Professor Angela Zita, New York University
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:30PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


"Picto-Ideographic versus Monosyllabic: Which is More Important to the Shaping of Chinese Poetic Art"
by Professor Zongqi Cai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:30PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


"Truth Becomes Fiction When Fiction Is True: The Story of the Stone and the Visual Culture of the Manchu Court"
by Professor Shang Wei, Columbia University
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:30PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


China and the Rise of the West: A Military Historical Perspective
by Professor Tonio Andrade, Emory University
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4:30PM
Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
For more information, please see here.


Globalization and Local Essences: Traditional Chinese Garden and Built Environment in Contemporary China (Seminar)
By Frank S. Sabourri
Friday, September 18, 2015 12-2PM
Confucius Institute, Room 101
For more information, please see here.


China - U.S. Relations - An Unsustainable Codependency
by Professor Stephen Roach, Yale University
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.


China's Futures: Current Debates about China's Economic and Political Trajectory
by Professor Daniel Lynch, University of Southern California
Thursday, November 17, 2015, 4:30PM
Brower Commons, Room A, B, and C
145 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
For more information, please see here.

2014

"Ecologies of Asian Empires: The Qing Empire in World History"
by Professor Peter Perdue, Yale University
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:30PM
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.


 "Conjugating Material Culture and Political Power: The Scholars' Robe from Huang Zongxi to Jiang Yong in Early Modern China"
Seminar by Professor Minghui Hu, University of California, Santa Cruz
Monday, March 22, 2014 12PM
Confucius Institute Seminar Room
24 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
See flyer for more information.


 "Web Literature and World Literature"
by Professor Michel Hockx, SOAS, University of London
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 pm
Room 401 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.
See newsletter: Chinese


"Cosmopolitanism, World Literature and the Internalization of Modern Chinese Literature"
by Professor Wang Ning, Tsinghua University
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:30 pm
Brower Commons, 2nd floor
145 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.
See newsletter: English / Chinese


"China's Urbanization: Implications for Food Security and Rural Wellbeing"
by Professor Ann Anagnost, University of Washington
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.


 "The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Disappearing Collective Past"
by Professor Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
Room 401 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.
See newsletter: Chinese


"From Socialist Ideology to Cultural Heritage: The Changing Basis of Legitimacy in Contemporary China"
by Professor Richard Madsen
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:30PM
Room 403 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
See flyer for more information.
See newsletter: Chinese


"Women and Rain in the Daoist Qingwei Tradition"
by Professor
Poul Andersen, University of Hawai'i
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:30PM
Room 403 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

2013

"Chinese Literature and World Literature"
Professor Zhang Longxi, City University of Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:30PM
Room 403, Alexander Library


"Deng Xiaoping and His Legacy in China"
Ezra Vogel, Harvard University

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:30 PM
Room 403, Alexander Library


"A Chinese Woman Writer in Diaspora: Eileen Chang's Late Work in the US"
Professor Liao Ping-hui, University of California, San Diego

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:30 PM
Room 403, Alexander Library

2012

“The Yuan (1206-1333) Observatory in Dengfeng, China.”
Professor Nancy S. Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 1, 2012 4:30PM
Room 403, Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
For detail, please click on flyer.


"Reappearance: History and Memory"
by Professor Dai Jinhua, Peking University/Harvard University
Tuesday, March 29, 2012 4:30PM
Room 403 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


"Meat: A Cultural Biography in South China"
by Dr. James L. Watson, Harvard University
Tuesday,October 23, 2012 4:30PM
Room 403 Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

2011

Early Modern Chinese Cities: Catalysts for Historical Change
Professor William T. Rowe, Johns Hopkins University.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:30PM
Room A, B, C, Rutgers Brower Common,145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.
For detail, please click on flyer


The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra
Professor Roger Hart, Director of Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:30PM
Rutgers Student Center Room 411 A& B,126 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ
For detail, please click on flyer


Staring At: Advertising and Narcissism in the Interwar Years
Professor Tani Barlow, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:00AM
Room A, B, C, Rutgers Brower Common,145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.


Centennial Perspectives on China’s 1911 Revolution
Professor Bin Wong, University of California
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Alexander Library Lecture Hall


Thinking About Writing Long Stories: Early Developments in the Chinese Novel
Professor Robert E. Hegel, Washington University

Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Alexander Library Lecture Hall


Confucianism and Environmental Ethics
Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Alexander Library Lecture Hall

2010

"The Buddhist Wheel of Rebirth in China and Elsewhere"
Professor.Stephen F. Teiser
Thursday, February 18, 2010 4:30PM
Brower Commons, Staff Dining Room,
145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.

Stephen F. Teiser (Ph.D., Princeton University) is D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. He specializes in the study of Buddhism and Chinese religions. His latest book, co-edited with Jacqueline I. Stone, is Readings of the Lotus Sūtra, published by Columbia University Press (2009). His current research focuses on Chinese Buddhist practice and medieval liturgical manuscripts.
Flyer: English version / Chinese version
Newsletter:Please click here.
Video: V1, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, V9, V10, V11


Understanding Contemporary China: A 60-Year History or 30-Year History?
Wang Hui, Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing; Visiting Professor, Harvard University
 Monday, March 29, 2010 4:00-5:00PM
Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Avenue

Wang Hui is an intellectual historian at Tsinghua University in Beijing . His research focuses on contemporary Chinese literature and thought.Wang Hui served as the chief editor (together with Huang Ping) of Dushu("Reading"), the most important intellectual magazine in China during that decade.
More infomation can be found at Flyer.
Video clips: V1, V2, V3, V4.


Judge Bao and the Rule of Law
Presenter: Wilt L. Idema, Professor of Harvard University.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 4:30PM
Date and time: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
Place:Brower Commons, 2nd Floor, Staff Dining Room, 145 College Avenue, New Brunswick.

Professor Idema's talk will draw on his most recent publication, Judge Bao and the Rule of Law: Eight Ballad Stories from the Period 1250-1450 (2009), and focus on the unique perspective that these ballads offer on the development of the lore of the incorruptible Judge Bao.
Flyer: April 7, 2010 Lecture.


Madame White, The Book of Change, and Eileen Chang: On A Poetics of Involution
Professor David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University。
Thursday, October 21, 2010 4:30PM
Room A, B, C, Rutgers Brower Common,145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.

In the studies of Eileen Chang 張愛玲 (1920-1995) one aspect yet to be explored is her penchant for rewriting existing works in multiple iterations and languages. This lecture addresses Chang’s aesthetics of revision and bilingualism by examining her two English novels, The Fall of the Pagoda and The Book of Change, which were discovered in 2009 and will be published in 2010.
For detail, please click on flyer.

2009

Why was Mr. Science called "Kexue" in Chinese
Prof. Benjamin A. Elman, Princeton University
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Place: Alexander Library Scholarly Communication Center (SCC), College Avenue
Newsletter: English version / Chinese version .


Literal and Literary: Language and the Representation of Chinese Culture
Prof. Eugene Eoyang , Indiana University
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:30PM
Room 411, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue


The Task of the Chinese Literature Scholar: Reading Wang Wei's "Wang Stream Collection"
Prof. Stephen Owen, Harvard University
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Room 411, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue


China Studies in 2049
Presenter: Prof. Pauline Yu, President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:30PM
Place: Alexander Library Scholarly Communication Center (SCC), College Avenue


"Becoming Alternative? Modern Transformations of Chinese Medicine in China and in the United States"
Professor Charlotte Furth
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:30PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick , N.J.

Professor Charlotte Furth is a leading historian of imperial China and the field of gender studies, whose scholarship and academic activities have exerted lasting impact on Chinese intellectual history, medical and gender history since the 1970s. Retired from the University of Southern California , she remains active in the field.


Picturing the Life of Confucius: Relating Content to Context
Professor. Julia Murray, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Professor Julia Murray (Ph.D. Princeton) is professor in the departments of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Earlier in her career, she held several research and curatorial positions in art museums with major East Asian collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery, and the Harvard University Museum.

Professor Murray is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several monographs and exhibition catalogs including Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology (2007), Ma Hezhi and the Illustrations of the Book of Odes (1993), and Last of Mandarins: Chinese Calligraphy and Painting from the F.Y. Collection (1987). She is currently working on a book on the history and significance of Kongzhai, a former shrine to Confucius near Shanghai, and is preparing a scholarly exhibition on Confucius's life, teachings, and posthumous veneration to be shown at the China Institute Gallery in New York City in the first of 2010.

2008

Beijing and the Olympics 2008: Social, Economic, Cultural, and Urban Transformations in the 21st Century
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Newsletter: English version / Chinese version


Mawangdui Calligraphy and Chinese Culture
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Newsletter: Chinese version .


An Ancient Art of Beijing Opera
Mr. Ghaffar Purazar and his colleague

Thursday, December 4, 2008 2:45PM
Room 106 Scott Hall
Newsletter: English version / Chinese version .