Do Chinese characters convey words, syllables, ideas, morphemes, and/or images? Is the answer to that question the same for contemporary vernacular writing as for the highly formalized “mnemotechnic notation” (Granet) of Literary Sinitic? Does the historical spread of Sinographic writing to Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and other language communities across East Asia reveal an underlying continuity to its use, or rather the arbitrariness of its function?
A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.Liu takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through systems integration, which means he integrates multiple disciplines such as ecology and social sciences.
In this forum, twenty students from the pilot Princeton University program, Peking Opera Immersion Program in Shanghai, will share what they have learned in three weeks on site with the premier Shanghai Peking Opera Company (SPOC). Hosted by the Music Department of Princeton University, co-sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies.
This forum is free and open to the public.
The Analectsattributes a curious lament to its figure of Confucius: “How seriously I have declined! It has been so long since I last dreamed of the Duke of Zhou.” Already by the Western Han, then, there was the notion of a pipeline between one’s diurnal practice and one’s dream life. If you practiced some art, skill, or path of self-cultivation intently enough, you might continue the discipline while asleep, perhaps to be visited in dreams by those you sought to emulate.