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Calendar for Fall Semester, 2015

Friday, Sept. 11, 1 - 3 p.m. in the History Department's Curti Lounge, 5243 Mosse Humanities Bldg.: Public lecture in Chinese (with summations in English) on Republican China industrialist and management pioneer Mu Ouchu 穆藕初,1876-1943, who studied at the University of Wisconsin from 1909-11.  The talk will be presented by Mr. Mu's 81-year-old son, Mu Jiaxiu, who is following in his father's footsteps across America with a first stop in Wisconsin. Mu Ouchu was born in Shanghai into a family of cotton merchants.  He came to the University of Wisconsin to study agriculture, where he became interested in the emerging field of management, and published a Chinese translation of Frederick Winslow Taylor's influential monograph, "Principles of Scientific Management."  Returning to China, Mr. Mu helped establish several large-scale cotton mills in Shanghai and Zhengzhou (Henan Province), and became a respected and successful industrialist.  Alongside his work to modernize China's cotton industry, Mr. Mu also heavily invested in both higher education, helping Peking University send students abroad, and in Chinese theater, reviving and promoting the "kunqu" style of opera, based in the Suzhou region.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Study Abroad Fair, noon - 6 p.m., Varsity Hall, Union South.
The Study Abroad Fair features over 90 exhibits highlighting 200+ programs, including faculty- led programs, exchanges, international internships, research opportunities and much more. In addition to IAP programs, you'll also find info and resources for programs offered by CALS, the College of Engineering and the School of Business.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon, Lubar Commons (Law School Room 7200): The East Asian Legal Studies Center will host a talk Tuesday noon - 1:15 p.m., by David Law, a professor of law and political science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Law's talk is titled, "Judicial Comparativism and Judicial Diplomacy," and will focus on four leading courts in East Asia:  the Japanese Supreme Court, the Korean Constitutional Court, the Taiwanese Constitutional Court, and the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click on the EALSC website for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 27: "Harmonious Spaces" opening reception and artist talk at Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology. Design Studies Professor Wei Dong, creator of the Harmonious Spaces gallery exibit, will be joined by Historian Joe Dennis, History, Emeritus Design Studies Professor Terry Boyd, and Davis Design Gallery Director Sherry Harlacher discuss "The Art and Cosmology of Feng Shui: A Conversation" from 3-4 p.m. The conversation will be followed by music, dance and refreshments from 4-5, all part of the opening celebration for "Harmonious Spaces: Wei Dong and Feng Shui Culture" in the School of Human Ecology's Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Sept. 18 - Nov. 15.

Monday, Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m., 212 University Club Building: Lecture by UW-Madison Anthropology Professor Yongming Zhou, “Roads as Spaces of Consumption: The Making of Tibetan Highways.”  Since 1950, several highways have been built to connect Tibet with the rest of China. These roads' meanings are subject to constant construction and reinterpretation, being understood variously as heroic, monumental, liberating, mysterious, exotic, purifying, splendid, and having the ability to incite pilgrimages. This talk contributes to a broader study of "roadology," to which the speaker has been collaborating with a group of interdisciplinary scholars over the past several years.   The lecture is part of the seminar series for fellows in the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., 206 Ingraham: Lecture by Yan Gao, “Changes in Hmong Dress in China’s Northwestern Guizhou Province.”  Professor Yan Gao 高燕is a professor in the art department at Bijie College, 毕节学院美术学院, located in the prefectural city of Bijie, northwestern Guizhou Province.  Her talk is sponsored by the Hmong Studies Consortium in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Monday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street: The 2015 “China Town Hall” will feature a live webcast on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, followed by a presentation on Chinese aid to Africa.  The annual China Town Hall webcast series is sponsored by the National Committee on United States – China Relations, while the local presentations are sponsored by the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations.  The webcast will feature Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on US - China RelationsThe local presentation will be by Dr. Jennifer Adams, US Aid.  She will discuss China’s role in African development, and how Chinese foreign aid compares with aid provided by the US and other nations. Dr. Adams is USAID’s deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Global Health. She manages Population and Reproductive Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, Office of Health Systems and other special assignments.  The event, which costs $20 ($10 for students and Wisconsin DPI educators), includes a light buffet starting at 5:30.  Register at this link.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, noon – 1:30 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall: Public lecture by Georgetown University African Studies Professor Yoon Jung Park, “The Politics of Chineseness in South Africa: From the Apartheid Years to 2014.”  South Africa is one of the few African countries with a critical mass of ethnic Chinese people – one large enough to impact local and national politics. Over the years, the Chinese have been targeted because of their Chineseness; periodically, they have also used their Chineseness – their ethnic difference from other South Africans as well as their links to China (as in “Rising China”) and the Chinese factory (or Chinese manufacturing power) – to further their own interests in the country. Park explains some of the differences between the three main communities of Chinese in South Africa – the third- and fourth-generation Chinese South Africans, the Taiwanese South Africans, and the newer waves of mainland Chinese. This lecture is part of the regular “Africa at Noon” series for the African Studies Program. It is also one among several fall semester events through the Borghesi-Mellon workshop on "Post-colonial Consciousness: Representations of China in Africa."

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11, various times and venues: The Asian American Studies Program is holding a weekend celebration of Asian American film, featuring free public screenings of five movies.  Click here to see the full schedule for the Asian American Media Spotlight.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, noon, 340 Ingraham Hall: Lecture by Laura Jo-han Wen, "Magic Lantern Shows and Screening Wars in Colonial Taiwan."  This free public lunchtime talk will include tea and snacks.  Ms. Wen is a doctoral candidate in East Asian Languages & Visual Culture at the UW-Madison.  Her lecture is the first in a fall semester "2nd Tuesdays" monthly lecture series hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m., Lubar Commons (Room 7200), Law School: China economics talk, "China's Hard Landing: Fact or Fiction?" by UW alumnus Stephen Roach ('68 BA Economics), senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. Are investor concerns over a “crash-landing scenario” for the Chinese economy overblown?  Dr. Roach thinks so.  He will address the recent devaluation of China’s currency,  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to America and more at this free public lecture. Co-sponsored by the Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, opening reception for the exhibit “Background Story: A new approach to landscape painting” focused on the work of contemporary Beijing-based artist Xu Bing.  What appears to be a traditional Chinese ink painting on 80 feet of rice paper is revealed to be a light box.  This interactive exhibit will be on view in the Chazen’s main gallery Oct.  16 - Jan. 10.  The opening reception will feature live music by the Ben Ferris Quintet, refreshments and a cash bar.

Monday, Oct. 19, 5-6 p.m., Room 336, Ingraham Hall -- A representative of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will hold an information session on its graduate programs in China. This center was established in 1986 as an academic partnership between Nanjing University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Student applicants should be proficient in Chinese and English.  Courses focus on Chinese and American studies, international law, politics, economics,and energy resources/environment.  The program offers one-year certificates and two-year master's degrees in international studies.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m., "The Global Wisconsin Idea," part of the Wisconsin Science Fest, will feature more than a half dozen scientists sharing their groundbreaking work in five-minute flash talks covering topics from the origins of human life to the 2022 World Cup. Presenters will include: John Hawks, anthropology; Annemarie Schneider, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; Samer Alatout, community and environmental sociology; Hussain Bahia and Paul Block, civil and environmental engineering; Lori DiPrete Brown, Global Health Institute; and Wisconsin China Initiative Director and Genetics Professor Jerry Yin.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St - New York Times journalist and Columbia University Professor Howard French will present a free public lecture, "Continents in Motion: How Today's China-Africa Encounter Came About and What it Means for the World."  In this talk, French will talk about the processes that began drawing large numbers of new Chinese migrants to Africa in the early to mid 1990's, and then speak to the question of the global geopolitical and economic setting that pushed events in this direction, albeit with some surprising outcomes. These include the end of Maoism, the launching of China's reform and opening period, the end of the Cold War, and what has come to be known by some as the War on Terror.  This lecture is presented as part of the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop, "Post-colonial Consciousness: Representations of China in Africa."

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m., The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, free public lecture by Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center Emeritus Charles Irish, "U.S.-China relations: Less confrontation, more cooperation." This talk is part of the UW-Madison "Emeritus Faculty Lectures" series, featuring retired faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish traveled to over 80 countries and did extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Professor Irish's research interests focus on international taxation, trade policies, and U.S. laws affecting international business.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., the Spotlight Cinema" series at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will feature "The Assassin (聶隱娘)," director by Hou Hsiao-hsien 侯孝賢, in Chinese with English subtitles. Set during the decline of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin tells the story of Nie Yinniang, a 10-year-old daughter of an Army general, who is abducted by a nun and trained in marital arts to be an expert assassin of corrupt local politicians. After failing to complete a mission, she’s sent as punishment back to her hometown with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised, a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. See the trailer.

Friday, Nov. 6, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Room 5230 Social Science Building, archaeology lecture on ancient Chinese bronze artifacts by Professor Wugan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeometry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.  Prof. Luo will discuss the differences in manufacturing techniques, including hot versus cold working processes, along with questions related to the provenance of ancient Chinese bronzes.

Friday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m., Curti Lounge (History Department, 5423 Mosse Humanities Building): Public lecture, “New Universality in East Asia” by University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Studies in Asia Professor Takahiro Nakajima. This lecture will discuss the recent Tianxia 天下 discourse in China and make comparisons to earlier Japanese cases.

Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., Room L140, Elvehjem Building (Chazen Museum), Screening of the Taiwanese documentary,  “Hand in Hand牽阮的手,” in Taiwanese with English subtitles.  The film, which was awarded first prize in the 2010 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, depicts major political movements in the post-war Taiwna peried from the perspective of a husband and wife, Meng-shu and Chao-ming Tien.  The screening is co-hosted by the Mad About Taiwan Documentary Club and NATSA-WIC (the North American Taiwan Studies Association – Wisconsin Chapter).

Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., UW Cinemateque, screening of "Under the Dome" by Chai Jing (柴静雾霾调查:穹顶之下), in Chinese with English subtitles. Former CCTV journalist Chai Jing documents the dangers of China's extreme air pollution. The documentary will be followed by a panel of UW-Madison faculty discussing issues raised by Chai Jing. This event is part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' annual Tales from Plant Earth free film festival Nov. 6-8, which features a roster of over 40 films, including several set in regions of China and Tibet.

Monday, Nov. 9, 3:30 p.m., 212 University Club Building, seminar on gender and photography.  Xin Huang, an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies will present, “Gendered Self in the Digital Era: Digital Photography and Auto-biographic Representation,” featuring photos she collected in China from women who lived through the Mao era. The talk is part of a larger project entitled "The Taming of the Maoist Women: Changing Representations of Gender In China in Personal Photo Albums," which analyzes the visual/bodily manifestation of gender as recorded in personal photo albums and women’s narratives about them. Sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Friday, Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m., Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, free public lecture by University of Chicago History Professor Kenneth Pomeranz, "Why is China so Big? Rethinking the Boundaries of Civilized Empire under the Qing" Prof. Pomeranz is a specialist on society and economy in late Imperial and twentieth-century China and the past president of the American Historical Association. His most recent book is The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy(2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and shared the World History Association book prize.

Thursday, Nov. 19, Project Pengyou Day.The Madison chapter of this national student initiative will celebrate Project Pengyou Day with events starting at 7 p.m. in Humanities Room 2637. The chapter will be hosting a discussion about the history of UW-China engagement with Wisconsin China Initiative Director and Professor Jerry Yin. (The photo at right is of a 1922 soccer team of Wisconsin students from China. Fifth from the left is Chen Daisun 陈岱孙, who went on to become a prominent economist.) The discussion will be followed by brush painting, games, and other activities. Project Pengyou -- "pengyou" means "friend" in Chinese -- seeks to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China. The Madison chapter focuses on promoting US-China cross-cultural exchange through encouraging study abroada, promoting discussion of US-China relations, and by coordinating with other campus groups that have a shared purpose. Follow them on Facebook!

Monday, Nov. 23 4-5 p.m., Room 444 Science Hall – Public lecture by Dr. May Tan-Mullins, “Messy Aid: the geopolitical implications of Chinese engagement in Africa’s energy sectors.” Dr Tan-Mullins is an associate professor of international relations at the Nottingham University campus in Ningbo, China. She will discuss China’s increasing role as a rising power, focusing on her field work in Angola, Ghana and Nigeria that evaluates the different outcomes of Chinese aid and investment practices in the renewable (hydropower) and non-renewable (oil and gas) energy sectors of these countries. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities’ Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on China in Africa, and the Geography Department’s Yi-Fu Tuan Lectures.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 3:30-5 p.m., Room 126 Memorial Library – Public workshop, "Rethinking Borderlands” will adopt a comparative perspective for rethinking the connections that exist between centers and peripheries. Focusing on three distinct regions – inter-war Poland, early People’s Republic of China, and imperial Russia – speakers will offer new insights into the negotiation over power and authority in national and imperial borderlands. Speakers will include UW-Madison Historians Kathryn Ciancia and Judd Kinzley and University of Cincinnati Historian Willard Sunderland.  Geography Professor Robert Kaiser will serve as the discussant. 


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