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UKIC / Confucius Institute / UKCI & MCLLC Present Lecture by David Schaberg of UCLA

UKCI & MCLLC Present Lecture by David Schaberg of UCLA

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Join the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) and UK Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures (MCLLC) in welcoming Professor David Schaberg of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His lecture, titled "Machismo in Early China," and discussion will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Alumni Gallery of the W. T. Young Library, with a reception to follow. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  

About the Speaker: Dr. David Schaberg is Dean of the Division of Humanities, and Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Literature; his research interests include Pre-Qin Chinese historiography and thought, Chinese poetry, and Chinese, Greek and Latin comparative literature. He is also author of the book, "A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography" (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2005), winner of the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association of Asian Studies, 2003 (pre-1900 category). 

About the Lecture: In a presentation on China's first great historical work, the Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan), Professor Schaberg will show how proto-Confucian models of ritual behavior developed alongside very different models of successful human behavior that foregrounded machismo, violence, and individual willfulness. By developing a complex apprehension of human character and motivation, the Zuo Tradition prepared the way for the rise of Confucianism as a governing philosophy even as it furnished later generations of readers with a narrative world that exceeded the bounds of any particular system of thought. 

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