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Calendar for Fall Semester, 2014

Friday, Dec. 5 -- Historian Carla Nappi of the University of British Columbia will be on campus to give two lectures. First, she will offer a noon talk, “Exercises in Style: Experiments in Writing the History of Science,” in the History of Science's lecture series. This will be held in Room 204 of the Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Drive. Then in the afternoon Professor Nappi will offer a 3:30 p.m. colloquium, “Ha, Habit, Habitat: Translating Sensation at the Kangxi Court,” in the Special Collections room of Memorial Library (room 984), 728 State Street. Prof. Nappi is an Associate Professor in the Deptart of History, and the Canada Research Chair of Early Modern Studies at UBC. These lectures are made possible by the UW Department of the History of Science, with the Center for East Asian Studies as a co-sponsor.

Thursday, Dec. 4 -- The East Asian Legal Studies Center will mark China's first-ever "Constitution Day" by hosting a panel, "Ruling China According to the Law? Interpreting the Fourth Plenum Decision of the CCP's 18th Central Committee." The free public panel will be held from 4-5:30 in the Lubar Commons (Room 7200) of the Law Building. Panelists will include: Jennifer Eikren, senior program manager, The Rights Practice; Edward Friedman, UW Professor Emeritus of political science; Sida Liu, UW Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law; and Mark Sidel, UW Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law. Moderating the panel will be Joe Dennis, UW Associate Professor of History.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 -- A representative of Schwarzman Scholars, a new scholarship program for graduate study in China, will be on campus Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, to give a presentation in Room 260 of Bascom Hall.  Dr. Alyssa Trometter will offer a brief presentation about the Schwarzman Scholars program and allow time for discussion and questions.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Students are particularly encouraged to attend. Up to 200 scholars will be recruited annually from the U.S., Canada, China and around the world for a fully-funded one-year program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing a better understanding of China. Classes will be taught in English.  Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies.  Admissions will open the fall of 2015, with the first class of 100 students in residence by the summer of 2016. The program was created by Tsinghua University and Steve Schwarzman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone Group, one of the world's biggest private-equity firms.

Thursday, Nov. 20 - Inaugural event for the new Madison Chapter of Project Pengyou will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Union South. Project Pengyou is a growing national movement designed to empower and mobilize a new generation of US-China bridge-builders to serve, inspire and transform lives. It developed from President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, and is now forming a new UW-Madison chapter!  At the free public Nov. 20 kickoff, participants will hear from Dan Gold, director of study abroad at the UW-Madison, and a panel of Chinese students talking about their UW experience, study abroad students talking about their time in China, along with info tables on spring China course offerings, internship opportunities, campus events, and more. Free pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 - UW-Madison Professor Ian Coxhead, chair of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will be among the featured speakers at the Madison International Trade Association's lunch event, "Twenty-First Century Challenges for Southeast Asian Markets," to be held at the Fluno Center, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prof. Coxhead will speak about the role of China, global climate change, economic volatility and population aging. He will be joined by Gertude Lim of Mueller Sports Madison discussing marketing, culture and challenges to doing business in Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia; and Tim Kassis of Kretz Lumber discussing entering and expanding your business in Southeast Asia. There is a registration fee for this event, which will include lunch. See the MITA website for details.

Friday, Nov. 7 - New York University Historian Rebecca Karl will present a lecture starting at 4 p.m. in the Curti Lounge (5243 Mosse Humanities Building), titled "Semi-colonialism and the Economic as Lived Experience in China's 1930s."  Professor Karl studies modern China, women/gender and intellectual history.  Her most recent book is "Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century: A Concise History" (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010).  Her lecture is sponsored by the History Department, Havens Center and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7 – The Center for Visual Cultures will host lectures by visiting artists/critics Meiling Cheng and Liu Ding. Meiling Cheng's lecture, "BX Mini: Multicentric Notations," will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Elvehjem L140.  Dr. Cheng,  an associate professor of Dramatic Arts/Critical Studies and English at University of Southern California School of Dramatic Art, will discuss her new book on contemporary Chinese time-based art in Beijing.  Liu Ding's lecture, "A Less Visible Ideological Structure: (Art) Historical Research in the Practice of Art and Curation," will be held Friday, Nov. 7, starting at 10 a.m. in Elvehjem L150. Liu Ding is an artist and curator based in Beijing. His artistic and curatorial practice treats objects, events, and discourses of art history and the foundation of historicization both as materials and as the basis for critical reflection. More information about how to interact with these to visiting artists is available on the Center for Visual Cultures website.

Thursday, Nov. 6 – Professor Margaret K. Lewis of Seton Hall Law School will give a public lecture, "Human Rights in Post Martial-Law Taiwan: Lessons for the People's Republic of China," from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Law School's Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Lunch will be provided at this event, which is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Human Rights Program.

Friday, Oct. 31 – For those of you wanting a Chinese twist to Madison's favorite holiday tradition, head over to Grainger Hall Room 1100 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday to hear Chinese Ghost Stories told by our own East Asian Languages & Literature Chair Rania Huntington!  This event is sponsored by the Chinese Language & Culture Club, which hold a regular Chinese language table on campus.  Costumes are highly recommended.

Friday, Oct. 24 – Free public discussion, starting at noon, “Rethinking East Asian Modernity: The Place of Cigarettes and Foreign Tobacco Companies in China,” featuring UW-Madison Historian Nan Enstad and Georgetown Historian Carol Benedict.  This talk will take place in the Curti Lounge of the Humanities Building.

Thursday, Oct. 23 – Annual meeting of the Wisconsin China Initiative Advisory Board.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Free public lecture by Dr. Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C.  An alum of UW-Madison and an internationally-recognized expert on the Chinese economy, Dr. Lardy’s talk is titled, “The Rise of Private Business in China,” and based on his just-released book on that same topic.  The talk, sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s DeLuca Forum. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Day-long workshop for business leaders interested in entering the China market, “Global Business Series: China,” HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Annual “China Town Hall” event by the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations will run from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.  The evening will feature a telecast with President Jimmy Carter discussing Sino-American relations, along with a public lecture by Thomas Bickford, an Asia analyst in the Center for Naval Analyses’ China Security Affairs group.  Dr. Bickford is a former professor of Chinese politics and international relations at the UW-Oshkosh. Register (fee of $20 for non-MCFR members) at this link.  This event is co-sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR).

Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Free public lecture by Chinese and Comparative Literature Professor Sabina Knight, Smith College, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Van Hise Room 104.  Professor Knight, an alum of the UW-Madison, will speak on the rise of environmental activism in China in a lecture titled, “Walden’s Way: Daoism, Ecology, and Hope in China Today." This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Monday, Oct. 13 - UW-Madison History Professor Shelly Chan will deliver a seminar for the Institute for Research in the Humanities, "Tricky Business: Divorce and the Diaspora in Mao's China," 3:30 p.m. at 212 University Club.

Friday, Oct. 10 – Free public lecture by Professor Xiaobing Tang, the University of Michigan’s Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Comparative Literature.  Professor Tang will speak at Van Hise Room 104, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the topic, “The Study of Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture.” This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday, Oct. 9 - Free public lecture, "The Islands Problem: Tensions between China, Japan, and Taiwan in the East China Sea," 4-6 p.m. at the Law School's Room 3260. The East Asian Legal Studies Center is sponsoring this event, which will feature History Professor Alexis Dudden of the University of Connecticut and the University of Wisconsin Law School's own Associate Dean Kevin Kelly in a talk related to the problem islands in the East China Sea.  

Oct. 7-14 – Annual campus visit by UW Shanghai Innovation Office On-Site Director Neville Lam. 

Friday, Sept. 26 – Free public lecture by Professor Lynette Chua, National University of Singapore, "Negotiating Law, Politics and Funding: Lesbian Activism in Singapore, Myanmar and China. This talk, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies, will start at noon in Ingraham Hall, room 206.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 - UW–Madison Study Abroad Fair, on September 17, noon – 6:00 PM in Varsity Hall, at Union South. Organized by International Academic Programs, the Study Abroad Fair offers more than 90 exhibits, featuring over 200 programs on six continents.

Friday, Sept. 12 – Free public roundtable at the Pyle Center, “Asian Studies in the 21st Century.” This event emerged from numerous discussions about restructuring that occurred throughout 2013-14 in the departments of East Asian Languages and Literature (EALL) and Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA), as well as in the L&S World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Task Force. The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss visions of what Asian Studies and area studies mean in the 21st century.  In format, the day will consist of six distinguished scholars of Asia divided into two roundtables.  The first session will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., moderated by UW Prof. Adam Kern, East Asian Lang. & Lit, with comments by Charles Hallisey, Harvard; Judith Farquhar, Univ. of Chicago; and Heonik Kwon, Univ. of Cambridge.  The second will run from 2-5:30 p.m., moderated by UW Prof. Alfred McCoy, History, with comments from Veena Das, Johns Hopkins; Kenneth Pomeranz, Univ. of Chicago; and Anand Yang, Univ. of Washington.  College of Letters & Science Dean John Karl Scholz will welcome the second panel, while Associate Dean Susan Zaeske will welcome the first.  A reception will follow from 5:30 – 7 p.m.


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