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Calendar for Spring Semester, 2014

Monday-Tuesday, June 23-24 - Free public event, "Literary Workshop: Taiwan Women Writers." The workshop will feature two lectures, each to be held from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Room 198 of the Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. Monday's talk will feature Professor Ming-ju Fan, National Chengchi University, on the topic, "Why Women Writers Reject Rural Literature." Tuesday's speaker, Professor Nai-Tzu Liu, National Cheng-Kung University, will give a lecture titled, "Waves of Women's Writing: Thoughts on Literary Production."

Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21 - The 20th annual North American Taiwan Studies Association Annual Conference (NATSA) will be held at the UW-Madison Law School and feature over 80 scholars in the humanities, social sciences and legal studies. The theme for this year's conference is "The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward." Click here to see the conference schedule. No registration fee is necessary to attend speeches or panel discussions. Featured speakers include former Taiwan Ambassador to the World Trade Association Ching-Chang Yen (6 p.m. Thursday), UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Edward Friedman (12 p.m. Saturday), UC-Berkeley Sociologist Thomas Gold (8:30 a.m. Friday), and Michigan State Literature Professor Tze-Lan Deborah Sang (5:30 p.m. Saturday). There will also be a special Presidential Roundtable, "Challenges of Taiwan Studies Programs Outside Taiwan," at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The NATSA conference is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, the Kemper K. Knapp Fund, and the East Asian Legal Studies Center.

June 16-20 - UW-Madison's Office of Sustainability will hold a two-day workshop in Shanghai, "Sustainable Urban Environments: Innovation for the Future."

Tuesday, May 2 - Roundtable on Linguistics and the Linguistic Education in China," 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 1418 Van Hise Hall. Features invited scholars from Beijing and Hong Kong, including Yuming Li, Chancellor of Beijing Language and Culture University, and Danqing Liu, Director of the Insitute of Linguistics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This event was sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative, the Y.R. Chao Foundation, the UW Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, and the UW Department of Linguistics.

Thursday, April 24 - The Department of East Asian Languages & Literature (EALL) and North American Taiwan Studies Association-Wisconsin Chapter (NATSA-WIC) jointly present “Making Noises: Radio and Lin Haiyin’s Literary Practice,” a lecture by visiting scholar Yu-Ju Chang of National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Chang's talk will start at 12:30 p.m. in room 336 of Ingraham Hall, and will discuss prominent woman writer Lin Haiyin (1918-2001), her radio drama scripts, and radio culture in 1950s and 1960s Taiwan.

Wednesday, April 23 - Harvard Law School visiting scholar Kuei-Jung Ni 倪貴榮, will give a public talk on the Taiwan-China free trade agreement starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Institute's for Discovery's Cisco Telepresence Room (note that space is limited to 20).  Dr. Ni is a professor of law at Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University.  This event is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center.Pipa

Friday, April 18 - University of Chicago Professor Judith Zeitlin will present a free public talk, "A Ming pipa in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Toward a Reconstruction of its Literary, Historical and Theatrical Context." This lecture will start at 1:20 p.m. in Elvehjem Building's room L150. Cosponsored by: the Department of Art History, the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, the Center for East Asian Studies and the Wisconsin China Initiative. The pipa 琵琶 is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument (see photo at right).

Wednesday, April 9 and Monday, April 14 - Professors from Zhejiang University visiting the UW-Madison's Department of Curriculum and Instruction will be giving public lectures on education topics. On April 9, from 3-4:30 p.m., a group of four Zhejiang University professors (Liya Tu, Shanhun He, Liu Hui and Wenjun Zhang) will present a symposium, "Studying Curriculum Reform: China Comes to America while America Leaves." Then on April 14, from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Zhenjiang University Professor Zongjie Wu will present "Speak in the Place of Sages: Rethinking Modes of Pedagogic Significance." Both talks will be held in Room 220 of the Teacher Education Building, 225 North Mills Street.

Tuesday, April 8 - Free public lecture by Professor Jacques Bidet, Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris-Nanterre, "A Critical History of Socio-Political Modernity: Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation." 4 p.m., Curti Lounge, Mosse Humanities Building. This event is being coordinated through the History Department.

Saturday, April 5 - Public talk by Boston College Professor David Mozina, "The Religious Life of Hunan, 3:30 p.m. at Union South. This talk, focused on Chinese Daoist practices, will be the keynote address for the Second Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference. This Saturday-Sunday event is designed for graduate students working in Asia-related studies to present their work, with presentations on history, anthropology, literature, linguistics, and religious studies.  All students with an interest in Asia-related topics are welcome to attend.  The conference is free of charge for all attendees.  If you are interested or want to see the full conference schedule, please e-mail the TAGSC Organizing Committee at tagsconference@rso.wisc.edu.

Friday, April 4 - The Global Economic Forum (formerly the China Economic Forum), a student association, will hold its fourth annual "Future" Conference, 2-4 p.m. in Grainger Hall's Plenary Room. The 2014 theme is "China's Transition to a Consumer Society." Speakers will include UW-Madison professors Ian Coxhead, Chair of Agricultural and Applied Economics; Nancy Wong, Consumer Science; James Walker, Economics; and Guanming Shi, Agricultural & Applied Economics.

Friday, April 4 - UW-Madison Sociology Professor Sida Liu will present a workshop, "The Ecology of Law Firm Growth in China," starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Havens seminar room (8108 Social Science Building.

Wednesday, April 2 -Roach Public lecture on U.S./China relations by Wall Street economist Stephen Roach (’68 BA Economics), 5 p.m., Union South's Varsity Hall. “America and China: An Unsustainable Codependency,” a discussion of the complex interdependencies of the world’s two larger economies - and how they are about to change.  Mr. Roach (see photo at right) is the author of  Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China, released January 2014.  He is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin China Initiative (part of the Division of International Studies), the Global Economic Forum (formerly the China Economic Forum), the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and the East Asian Legal Studies Center. (SEE HOME PAGE FOR MORE ON THIS EVENT)

Monday, March 31 - Public lecture by Ghent University Professor Christian Uhl, "The Chinese Revolution of 1911 and Dreams of a Better Tomorrow in Early 20th Century Japan: Miyazaki Toten and Kitta Iki." This event will start at 1:20 p.m. in the History Department's Curti Lounge, 5233/5243 Humanities Building. This event is sponsored by the UW-Madison Department of History and the Wisconsin China Initiative.

March 17-18 - Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Director Paul Robbins will lead a delegation to Chengdu for a workshop with the Chengdu Institute of Biology and other partners focused on environmental conservation. This workshop is funded in part through the Shanghai Seminar Series program. As part of this trip, Director Robbins will also be giving a talk at the Royal Geographic Society in Hong Kong March 24.

Thursday, March 13 - Professor Liu Haifeng, Dean of the Institute of Education at Xiamen University, will give a free public lecture, "University Entrance Examinations in China: In the Shadow of the Imperial Civil Service Examination," starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Education Building's "Wisconsin Idea Room," (room 159), 1000 Bascom Mall. His talk features the history of examinations in China, and how reform could possibly target some of these examinations inconsistencies. Xiamen University is located on an island in China's Fujian Province.

Wednesday, March 5 - "Focused on the Humanities" Distinguished Lecture, "Re-emerging Superpowers: Turkey, Iran, India and China in the 21st Century," by UW-Madison History Professor André Wink, 5:30 p.m., Elvehem L140. In this lecture it will be argued that it is the imperial heritage of Turkey, Iran, India and China that, together with economic growth, made possible their re-emergence as potential superpowers of the future but that it is the same heritage that is also holding them back.

Wednesday, March 5 - Public talk by the University of Munich's Hans van Ess, "The Origins of the Robin Hood Ideal in Ancient China," starting at 4 p.m. in 114 Van Hise Hall. Professor van Ess is vice president of the University of Munich and holds the Wolfgang Bauer Distinguished Chair of Sinology. His research focuses on the evolution of Chinese historiography, particularly of the Han dynasty. His talk is sponsored by the Halls-Bascom Visiting Professor Fund and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature.

Thursday, Feb. 13ZhangKaiRoundtable, “The Role of Activist Lawyers in China's Current Struggles Over Constitutionalism and Human Rights.” This event will feature Beijing-based lawyer Zhang Kai 张凯 (see photo at left) speaking with Terry Halliday of the Center on Law and Globalization (a partnership between the Univ. of Illinois College of Law and the American Bar Foundation).  UW-Madison Law Professor John Ohnesorge will moderate.  The roundtable will start at 4 p.m. in the Law School’s Lubar Commons (Room 7200).  The event is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center, The Center on Law and Globalization, and The Wisconsin China Initiative.


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