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Calendar for Fall Semester, 2013

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Lecture, 4 p.m., 104 Van Hise Hall, “The Grand Prospect Garden and Its Visual Representations in the 19th Century,” by Wei Shang, the Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture at Columbia University. This lecture is co-sponsored by the University Lectures Committee (funding courtesy the Anonymous Fund), the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Department of Art History, and the Chinese Language and Culture Club.

Thursday, Nov. 7 - Symposium on the "Evolving Landscapes" exhibit (see above) will feature a keynote address by Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden, "China: Conservation, Sustainability and the Future." Public panels during the day include: "Forces of Change: Ecology, Conservation and Climate in Western China," 10:30 - 11 a.m., moderated by Nelson Institute Director Paul Robbins; "Perspectives on Change: Culture, History and Environment in China and Beyond," 1 - 2:30 p.m., moderated by Institute for Research in the Humanities Director Susan Friedman; and "Documenting Change: Capturing Place, Time and Transformation through Rephotography," 3 - 4:30 p.m., moderated by Human Ecology Dean Soyeon Shim.

Sunday, Nov. 3 - Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Photography exhibition, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" to be held at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery in the School of Human Ecology. The exhibit compares photographs by early 20th century British explorer Ernest Henry Wilson with modern images by Professor Yin Kaipu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Friday - Sunday, Nov. 1-3 - "2013 Shanghai International Voice Medicine Conference," at Fudan University's EENT Hospital. This conference will feature Dr. Seth Dailey, UW-Madison Chief of Laryngology, presenting, and was organized by UW-Madison Head and Neck Surgeon Dr. Jack Jiang. The event is cosponsored by EENT Hospital and by the Wisconsin China Initiative through the Shanghai Seminar grant program.

Thursday, Oct. 31 - Noted China media expert Guobin Yang 杨国斌 of the University of Pennsylvania will be the featured speaker at the Communication Arts Colloquium, starting at 4 p.m. in room L140 of the Chazen Museum.  This is a free event open to the public.  Professor Yang will discuss his research on collective action in China and how it affects the democratic process.  He will focus on how collective actions are dramatized through social media representations, including visual elements.  Professor Yang is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activist Online (Columbia University Press, 2009). The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Monday, Oct. 28 - The National Committee on US-China Relations will hold its 7th annual China Town Hall. This year's event is highlighted by a live webcast with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and a local talk at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, by an invited guest. See the website of the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations for more details and to register. The evening's activities are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27 - "East Asia and Utopia" conference at Shanghai University. This international conference will include more than 20 speakers from China, Korea, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States. The event is co-sponsored by Shanghai University's Center for Contemporary Culture Studies and by the UW-Madison's Wisconsin China Initiative. The conference was organized by UW-Madison History Professor Viren Murthy and East Asian Languages & Literature Professor Se-Mi Oh through the China Initiative's Shanghai Seminar grant program.

Friday, Oct. 25 - Thursday, Nov. 7 - UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood and Associate Dean David Rosenthal will visit Shanghai, Beijing and other cities, both to set up new collaborations and partnerships and also to attend the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 - The first Center for East Asian Studies "Brown Bag Lunch" this academic year will feature UW-Madison History Professor Joe Dennis giving a talk, "School Libraries and their Books in Early Modern China." His talk, which will begin at noon in room 336 Ingraham Hall, will discuss book collectors and library users, reasons for building libraries, their geographic distribution, significance etc.

Monday, October 21 - Matthew S. Erie, Ph.D., J.D. will give a noon talk, "Qadi Justice in Chinese Courts: The Bureaucratization of Islamic Law in the People's Republic of China." The event is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. in the UW Law School's Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Dr. Erie's research examines the historical and contemporary relationship between Islam and China, with a special focus on law, property, ritual and ethnicity. This event is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center.

Monday, Oct. 14 - Public lecture on Taiwan's cinema by Professor Wen-chi Lin, professor of English, Film and Visual Culture Studies at the College of Liberal Arts at National Central University in Taiwan. An internationally renowned scholar on Taiwanese and Chinese-language cinemas, Lin is currently the director of Taipei Film Archive.Professor Lin's lecture is titled, "Sound of History: The Mise-en-scene of Songs in Three Times," and focuses on Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 2005 film, Three Times. It is scheduled for 4 p.m., 156 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall.

Thursday, Oct. 10 - Annual Board Meeting of the Wisconsin China Initiative Advisory Board, chaired by Mr. Wade Fetzer.

Friday, Oct. 4 - Delegation on campus from Peking University, Beijing, China.

Monday, Sept. 30 - Delegation from Soochow University (Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China) on campus.

Monday, Sept. 30 - Dr. Michael Mak, a senior lecturer in the school of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia, will offer a public lecture, "Feng Shui and Modern Sustainable Design." The talk will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology, 1300 Linden Drive. Dr. Mak is the co-founder of the International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment and the founding editor of the Academic Journal of Feng Shui.

Thursday, Sept. 26 - Taiwan's first ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Mr. Yen Ching-Chang, will offer the keynote address at a program sponsored by the UW East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)in Chicago. Mr. Yen's talk, "Economic Relations between Taiwan and the US" is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the University Club. Please RSVP to Bo-Shone Fu at Bfu6@wisc.edu if you plan to attend. Mr. Yen, chairman of Yuanta Financial Holdings, is a former finance minister who became WTO ambassador in 2002. He is a well-regarded expert in WTO law.


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