|Monday, May 18|
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
4276 Bunche Hall
Dr Willy Lam teaches Chinese politics and foreign policy at the Center for China Studies, the History Department, and the Master’s Program on Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a former China writer and editor at the South China Morning Post and CNN. Lam has published seven books including Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era (Routledge, 2006). He is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a foreign-policy think tank in Washington DC. Lam’s views on China are regularly cited by global media including the Associated Press, AFP, Bloomberg and Voice of America.
Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.
Thursday, May 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall #208
Choreographer and dancer, Ming-Shen Ku is based in Taiwan. Since 1991, Ms. Ku has been deeply involved in Contact Improvisation, introducing the practice to Taiwan. She founded her dance company “Ku & Dancers” in 1993 to present new work and promote concepts of improvisation. “Ku & Dancers” has performed in New York, Australia, Paris, London, China, Korea and Indonesia. Ku & Dancers is the only professional dance company from Taiwan that has devoted itself to improvisation work, They founded “i-dance Taipei”, a biannual improvisation dance festival, which has been part of the international “i-dance” network since 2011. Currently, Ming-Shen Ku serves as the Dean of the School of Dance in Taipei National University of the Arts. Ms. Ku has also been invited as a guest artist to perform and to teach in many universities and dance companies around the world. She has received Wu San Lien award, a life time achievement award, in 2009.
Thursday, May 21
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The term Laozian or Taoistic sense of social responsibility derived from close textual reading and comprehensive analyses of theories in the Laozi or Daodejing, especially the Laozi’s terms of profound virtue (xuande), civilized naturalness (ziran) and non-direct action (wuwei). A typical expression of Taoistic responsibility is that a sage should support myriad beings in their natural development without taking daring and audacious action toward all creatures.
Taoistic concept of social responsibility purports an ideal social order and harmony without coercion and oppression and features three principles: 1) The concern of a responsible leader should focus on myriad things (wanwu) including mankind in the world. We may name this attitude as “patient-oriented responsibility.” 2) A Taoistic leader should practice the principle of all-inclusiveness without distinguishing between groups of people and communities for any reason. 3) The all-inclusive principle requires a neutral political and moral stance.
Xiaogan Liu, professor, honorary director at the Research Centre of Chinese Philosophy and Culture, CUHK. Visiting professor at Claremont School of Theology.
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