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Calendar for Spring Semester, 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3-5 p.m., 106 Red Gym, open house for all students interested in joining a study abroad program. https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12 noon, 206 Ingraham Hall, Africa at Noon lecture series presents, “Mandehandeha Mahita Raha: New Immigrant Destinations and Madagascar’s Pivot to China.” This free public talk will be presented by Laura Tilghman, professor of anthropology at Plymouth State University.  Bring along a lunch, and enjoy complimentary African coffee roasted locally by Just Coffee.  This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program.

Friday, Feb. 19, 12 noon, 206 Ingraham Hall, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Friday Forum lecture series presents: “Environmental History as Trans-Asia History.”  This free public lecture will be presented by Sunil Amrith, professor of South Asian Studies and History at Harvard University.  A buffet lunch will follow the lecture.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12 noon, Law School Room 7200 (Lubar Commons), the East Asian Legal Studies Center will present “The Ideological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State.”  This free public lecture will be presented by Taisu Zhang, associate professor of law at Duke University and the Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  A buffet lunch will be available.  Prof. Zhang’s scholarship focuses on comparative legal history -- in particular economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe – and also property law and contemporary Chinese law.  His lecture will examine the ideological assumptions in fiscal legislation and policymaking during China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1912).

Friday, Feb. 26, 12 noon – 2 p.m., Law School Room 7200 (Lubar Commons), public conversation between an activist and a scholar, “Anti-Domestic Violence Laws & Chinese Feminist/Queer Activism.”  Communication Arts Professors Karma Chavez and Zhongdang Pan, together with Sociology graduate student Di Wang will host this event.  It features Lu Pin, program manager of Media Monitor for Women Network and chief editor of Feminist Voices, along with  Cao Jin, director of Fudan University’s Center for International Publishing Studies.  By bringing grassroots organizing into the legal framework, the presenters will invite the audience to think beyond “law on the books” and to engage with rich discourses on legality construction and coalition building. This panel is also interdisciplinary, addressing legal studies, political sociology, and legal rhetoric in the context of China, enriching our understandings of the complex and contested relationship among state, gender, and sexuality.  The event is co-sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center, Femsem, the Department of Communication Arts, the Ce3nter for Research on Gender & Women, and the Wisconsin China Initiative.  Speakers will also hold office hours (2:30-4:30pm) after this panel. Please contact Di Wang (dwang224@wisc.edu) to make an appointment.

Monday, Feb. 29, deadline for graduate student research and conference travel award applications through the East Asian Legal studies Center.  EALSC can award up to $800 for domestic travel and up to $2,000 for international travel in the 2016 calendar year.  Competition is merit-based. For more information, visit the center’s Faculty & Student Support webpage .

Thursday, March 10, 4:30 p.m., Center for Cultural Engagement, Witte Residential Hall. The UW-Madison chapter of Project Pengyou will host a screening and discussion of a feature-length documentary on one of China's best-known contemporary artists, Mr. Ai Weiwie: "Never Sorry: The Story of Ai Weiwei and His Quest to Change China"

Saturday, March 12, 2-5 p.m., 104 Van Hise.  The Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) will hold its annual speech competition, the 10th Annual Chinese Symposium.  The public is welcome to listen to speeches in Chinese by UW-Madison students, who will be judged by a panel of experts.  Finalists qualify for regional competitions, with a chance at an all-expense paid round in China.

Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., 3rd Floor of Lathrop Hall.  Saying Theater, a newly-registered student organization affiliated with CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association), will stage a Chinese drama, "Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (话剧暗恋桃花源) " performed for free with English Subtitles provided.  The performance was originally directed by Stan Lai 賴聲川 and is about a theater troupe in Taiwan staging a production of "Secret Love," a drama with overt political overtones, about a man searching for his lost love. Unfortunately, this troupe has to share their practice space with another troupe, which is staging the comedy "Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring.”  Each troupe looks down on the other’s production, but both groups soon discover that the plays have more in common than they initially realized.

Wednesday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., LaFollette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Hill. Free public lecture by economics professor Chih Ming Tan, “Sins of the Fathers: The Intergenerational legacy of the 1959-1961 Great Chinese Famine on Children’s Cognitive Development.” Professor Tan, the Page Endowed Chair in Applied Economics at the University of North Dakota, will discuss his work employing a novel dataset, the China Family Panel Studies, on a natural experiment, the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1961, to explore the intergenerational legacy of early childhood health shocks on the cognitive abilities of the children of parents born during the famine. This talk is part of the LaFollette School Seminar Series.

Wednesday, March 30, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Room 1221 of Humanities.  Free public lecture by historian Joanna Waley-Cohen, “Empire, Warfare, and Visual Culture in 18th Century China.”  Dr. Waley-Cohen is Provost of the New York University campus in Shanghai.  She is also the Julius Silver Professor of History at NYU, where she has taught the history of China since 1992.  Her talk will focus on war paintings and engravings produced in the 18th century by European artist-missionaries to signify Qing China’s status as a world power and the militarization of culture.  Sponsors for the lecture include the UW Department of History, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the East Asian Legal Studies Center.

Thursday, March 31, 3:30 p.m., 168 Noland Zoology Building, 250 N. Mills St.  Free public lecture by Dr. Woei-Fuh Wang王瑋馥博士, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, "Investigating Drug Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Outbreaks with Whole Genome Sequencing."  Dr. Wang has studied TB outbreaks in Taiwan and around the globe and the efficiency of management techniques.  Her talk is sponsored by  UW Zoology Professor Carol Eunmi Lee.  This lecture is part of the UW Zoology Department’s Biology Colloquium.

Friday, April 1, 2:35 – 3:50 p.m., Laudon Lecture Hall, Geological Sciences Building, 1215 W. Dayton Street. Researchers presenting at the annual Climate Change Symposium will include Geoscience Postdoc Ian J. Orland speaking on "Developing seasonal climate records in caves from Beijing to Blue Mounds."  Dr. Orland’s 15 minute talk will be one of five presented by UW researchers during this session, which will be followed by a keynote lecture on global warming.

Tuesday, April 5, noon – 1 p.m., 336 Ingraham Hall.  Free public lecture, “Blame without Accountability? The political effects of industrial accidents and environmental emergencies in China,” by political science doctoral candidate Dominic DeSapio.  This event is part of the Center for East Asian Studies’ Spring 2016 Tuesday lecture series.  Tea and snacks will be served.

Tuesday, April 5, 3:30 p.m., 1418 Van Hise Hall.  Free public lecture by Edward L. Shaughnessy, “Shifa: The Method of Milfoil Divination in Early China.”  Professor Shaughnessy, an expert in the cultural history of Bronze Age China, is the Creel Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and will be on campus as a Halls-Bascom Visiting Professor at the UW-Madison.  His talk is sponsored by the Halls-Bascom Visiting Professor Fund, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature.

Tuesday, April 5, 4-5:30 p.m., Room 349 of Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue.  Free public tai chi workshop led by UW Dance Professor Peggy Choy.  This event is Co-hosted by two student groups on campus, the Yuan-Shan Study Society and Project Pengyou as part of “Chinese Contemporary Culture Week.”

Wednesday and Friday, April 6 and 8.  The Yuan-Shan Study Society and Project Pengyou as part of “Chinese Contemporary Culture Week” will host discussion sessions on former Chinese president Jiang Zemin.  The first will start at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Room 158 of the Noland Zoology Building, 250 N. Mills Street; and the second at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in Room 1641 of the Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street.

Friday, April 8, noon, 206 Ingraham Hall.  Free public lecture by Yos Santasombat, “The Impact of China's Rise on Southeast Asia." Dr. Santasombat is a professor of anthropology at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. This talk is part of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies “Friday Forum” lecture series.

Friday, April 8, 3:30p.m., 1418 Van Hise Hall.  Free public lecture by Zhi CHEN , "The Formal Elements and Structural Principles of the Shijing 诗经 (Classic of Poetry)." Professor Chen is Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and Director of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. He received his PhD in Chinese studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.

Saturday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Overture Center for the Arts (201 State Street). The UW-Madison International Reach Program and sponsoring organizations present, “International Showcase 2016.”  Enjoy performances by AMIC Chinese Traditional Music, Taiwanese Puppet Troupe and KASPer Korean Pop & Hip Hop Dance Team, plus a lecture on space concepts in Hong Kong, and Chinese exchange student Fangyuan Li talking on, "How to Survive in a U.S. classroom as a Chinese Outsider.”  Click here to see the event schedule and list of presenters.

Thursday, April 14, 12 noon – 1:15 p.m., Law School Lubar Commons (Room 7200), with a buffet lunch provided.  The East Asian Legal Studies Center will host a free public lecture by International Law Professor Manjiao Chi of Xiamen University, "China's Participation in Global Economic Governance.  Dr. Chi’s host will be UW-Madison Law Professor Jason Yackee.  This talk is part of the EALSC spring speaker series

Thursday, April 14, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Van Hise Room 104.  Free public talk by University of Michigan Women’s Studies Professor Wang Zheng, “Visual Representation of Gender and Class in the People’s Republic of China.”  Dr. Zheng’s talk will focus on research related to her latest book, analyzing the development of Chinese feminism and activism and revealing how the movement in China uses visual materials to participate in the law-making process.  This talk is sponsored by FemSem and the East Asian Legal Studies Center

Friday, April 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Grainger Room 5115.  Public lecture on entrepreneurship in Chinese companies by Professor Jiao Luo of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, “Coming Back and Giving Back: Returnee Directors and Corporate Donations.”  Prof. Luo uses data on publicly listed Chinese companies from 2000 to 2012 to examine how expats who gained their education outside China transmit the idea of corporate social responsibility from abroad and then spark change at home.

Tuesday, April 19, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., 340 Ingraham Hall.  Free public talk by poet, novelist and translator Ouyang Yu, "Poetry and Translation: A Brown Bag Discussion."  Mr. Ouyang was born in China, but moved to Australia in the early 1990s.  He has published widely in both English and Chinese.  In addition to the noon talk, Mr. Ouyang will also offer a reading the same day, starting at 7 p.m. in the Pyle Center’s Room 121, 702 Langdon Street.  His talks are co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature.

Tuesday, April 19, 12 noon – 1:15 p.m., Law School Room 7200 (Lubar Commons).  Free public talk by University of Michigan political scientist Mary Gallagher, “Moving In and Moving Up?  Labor conditions and China’s changing development model.”  Dr. Gallagher, the director of the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at Michigan, will analyze current working conditions in China and the impact of the movement of labor from the coast to inland provinces.  “The shift inland could lead to improvements in labor conditions even in areas that are economically less developed than the coast. These trends have implications for how China’s development model is shifting as the period of rapid growth ends.A buffet lunch will be offered at this lecture, which is sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 12 noon – 1 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall.  Free public lecture, ““Chinese and Nigerian Textile Manufacture and Trade” by African Studies Professor Elisha Renne of the University of Michigan.  Her talk will focus on the impact of the United Nigerian Textiles Limited (UNTL) mill—the largest in northern Nigeria— which was established in Kaduna in 1964. UNTL, which represented a partnership between the Hong Kong-based CHA Group and the Nigerian Northern Regional Development Corporation, provided printed cotton textiles to Nigerian and other West African markets until the mill closed in 2007.  This talk is sponsored by the African Studies Program through the “Africa at Noon” Wednesday Lecture Series and is part of the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops in the Humanities series on post-colonial consciousness.

Wednesday, April 20, 1:45 - 4 p.m., Lubar Commons, Law Building. Roundtable discussion, "Judicial Procedure and Intellectual Property Law: A U.S.-China Dialogue." This roundtable at UW Law School brings together law professors and judges in Wisconsin and 12 top legal experts in China’s judicial system to discuss comparative issues of judicial procedure and the projection of intellectual property rights in both China and the United States. The Wisconsin speakers include Honorable Frank Remington from Dane County Circuit Court and Professors Cheryl Weston, John Ohnesorge, and Jason Yackee from UW Law School. The Chinese participants include three judges from the Supreme People’s Court as well as legal experts from the National People’s Congress, Supreme People’s Procuracy, Ministry of Commerce, and intellectual property courts in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Wednesday, April 20, 4-5:30 p.m., 201 West Washington Avenue.  Roundtable on Intellectual Property with a panel of visiting judges from China.  Featured presenters include Chinese judges and officials responsible for judiciary enforcement of IP including trademark infringement claims.  The roundtable format is intended to facilitate discussion, particularly of concerns about IP in China or questions about current enforcement practices.  MITA members can attend for free and students can pay a discounted rate of $10.  General admission tickets are $25.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Room L160 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building.  Free public lecture, “An Evening with David Henry Hwang,” will culminate the Great World Texts student conference on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.  Mr. Hwang is a Tony-award winning playwright, screenwriter and author of play “M. Butterfly.”  The “Journey to the West in Wisconsin” program is sponsored by the UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities.

Tuesday, April 26, noon – 1 p.m., 336 Ingraham Hall.  Free public lecture, “Integrating Food into Community Development: Food Safety in China as a ‘tool’ to support community goals,” by visiting PhD candidate Hui Wang of the School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.  This event is part of the Center for East Asian Studies’ Spring 2016 Tuesday lecture series.  The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is also a co-sponsor of this lecture.  Tea and snacks will be served.

Thursday, April 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Law School Room 5246.  Free public lecture by Africa-China relations expert Deborah Bräutigam, “Will Africa Feed China?”  Prof. Bräutigam director of the International Development Program, and of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her most recent books are The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (2010) and Will Africa Feed China? (2015). Before joining SAIS in 2012, she taught at Columbia University and American University. Bräutigam’s teaching and research focus on international development strategies, governance, and foreign aid.  This lecture is part of the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops in the Humanities series on post-colonial consciousness.

Friday, May 6, 5-8 p.m., Union South.  The Chinese Language & Culture Club will hold its first annual banquet, featuring a talk by Wisconsin China Initiative Faculty Director Jerry Yin on the history of the UW and China relationship.


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