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"Eat, Laugh, and Celebrate Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival"

April 19, 12:00-3:30 p.m, CC Carroll Room


Annual Department Lecture

"What Makes Mo Yan A Nobel Prize Winner in Literature?"

April 11, 4:30 p.m, Neilson Library Browsing Room

When Mo Yan, a Chinese novelist, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2012, numerous debates arose on the issue of whether or not he deserved the honor. This symposium will bring together two leading scholars, who will discuss their research on Modern Chinese Literature and how its translation can promote culture understanding.

Shelley Chan, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Wittenberg University, will address the issue on why Mo Yan has been scrutinized in the context of political reason, and how readers should open their eyes/minds to what they are reading.The title of Professor Chan’s talkis"To Speak Or Not To Speak, That Is Not The Question: On Mo Yan’s Winning of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature" Howard Choy, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University, will do a comparative study on Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian. Gao received his Nobel Prize in 2000. In 1987 he left China and settled down a year later in Paris as a political refugee. After the massacre on the Square of Heavenly Peace in 1989 he left the Chinese Communist Party.The title of Professor Choy’s talk is:"Between Chineseness and Foreignness: Gao Xingjian and Mo Yan in the Age of Globalization"

In addition to the symposium, both speakers will hold a Global Salon atnoon(Friday, April 11th) in the Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall, Smith College. The title of the Global Salon is“Obsessionwith China, Obsession with Nobel Prize?”

Red Soghum, a film by Zhang Yimou (adapted from Mo Yan’s novel) will be screened on Sunday, April 6that 2:00 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Lewis Global Studies Center, the Comparative Literature Program, the Lecture Committee and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.



Lecture by Cynthea J. Bogel

March 25, 5 p.m. Seelye Hall 106

"Art Outside the Temple: Contemporary Buddhist-Inspired Artistic Production and Display"

Professor Bogel will speak on the longstanding traditions of Buddhist icons and Buddhists artist, in light of the recent spate of art exhibitions “inspired by the Buddhist notions of emptiness and impermanence, " featuring “artists that draw inspiration from one of the world’s great religions,” and work “influenced by Buddhism, theoretical physics, and prehistoric cultures,” and the burgeoning number of artists who describe themselves as Buddhist. The current trends raise questions about how we assess artists’ relationships to Buddhism across nations and cultures ("whose Buddhism?") and the motivations behind the art and its display.



NTU 2014 Summer + Program & Explore Taiwan!

National Taiwan University (NTU) Invites students and schools to take part in its programs for summer 2014. Program offerings include: Summer Intensive Program for Chinese Language & Culture, Summer Program for Laboratory Research & Culture, Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan, Summer Program for Biotechnology, Global LEAD Summer Program, International Trade Law and Practice Summer Program, Understanding Taiwan in Global Settings, Summer Program on Developmental Biology, Emerging Technology in Civil and Building Engineering: BIM. For more information, visit NTU's program website.

Summer Study 2014 in Japan

Study at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto. Click here for more information.