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April 2024

Historical Linguistics and the “Sino-Tibetan Language Family”

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker: Yeshes Vodgsal Atshogs (Ch. Acuo), Professor in Linguistics, Nankai University, Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Spring 2024) Moderator: Lauran Hartley, Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program; Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University Discussant: Ross Perlin, Linguist, Endangered Language Alliance; Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics, Columbia University The origin and spread of what is widely recognized in linguistics as the Sino-Tibetan Language Family is not without controversy.  Professor Acuo is the leading Tibetan linguist in China and has deeply researched this…

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Visualizing the Fetus in Early Modern Japan

April 18 @ 6:00 pm

Speaker: Manami Yasui, Professor at International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) Talk summary: The talk explores historical perspectives on the human body and maternal health in Japan through ukiyo-e prints and paintings. In late 19th-century Japan, ukiyo-e depicted pregnant women integrating Edo period representations of the female body with the new Western medical knowledge of fetal development. These ukiyo-e reflect people's curiosity and imagination about the inside of the female body and their changing attitudes toward childbirth as the emphasis shifted from Eastern to…

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Tang Center Series in Early China

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Practice Teaching (Microteaching) for Graduate Students (In-Person)

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Looking for a supportive place to try out instructional approaches? This Practice Teaching session (formerly known as “Microteaching”) will pair you with a trained peer facilitator and a group of 3-4 other graduate students. Together, you and your fellow participants will take turns delivering short (<10 min.) samples of instruction to each other. After each teaching sample, your facilitator and your peers will offer structured feedback to support your teaching. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, all…

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Remembrance in Clay and Stone: Early Memorial and Funerary Art of Southwest China

April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Hajni Elias, University of Cambridge Time: April 19, 2024 (4:30-6:30 PM EST) Venue: Faculty House *Please check the announcement board in the first floor lobby for room information. This talk, based on my manuscript of the same title, examines the artistic tradition of Southwest China in the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 C.E.), with a focus on the geographical area of present-day Sichuan province. The ‘ancient art of Sichuan’ exhibits notable differences from the artistic traditions in other parts of…

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The Asian American Character of Logistics

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Paul Nadal, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Princeton University Moderator: Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz, Visiting Scholar, WEAI, Columbia University; Denise Cruz, Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University This paper reinterprets Asian American literature as a literature concerned with the art and practice of logistics, the set of contingent space-making techniques undergirding the global distribution of commercial goods. Comparing two pre-1965 Asian American texts, Carlos Bulosan's America Is in the Heart (1946)…

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Lifetime of Transitions: Tsai Kun-lin and Taiwanese Political Identity from WWII-Present

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speakers: Yu Pei-Yun, Author; Professor and Chair, Graduate Institute of Children's Literature, National Taitung University Zhou Jian-Xin, Illustrator; Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Institute of Children's Literature, National Taitung University Moderator: Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Columbia University Discussant: Lin King, Translator; Program Coordinator, WEAI, Columbia University A discussion centered around the historical graphic novel series, The Boy From Clearwater, on the life of Tsai Kun-lin (1930-2023), who was imprisoned for ten years during…

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China’s Age of Abundance: Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker: Wang Feng, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine Moderator: Qin Gao, Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia University School of Social Work This lecture is a book talk tracking China’s spectacular ascendance to material abundance and its underlying driving forces. This event is part of the 2023-2024 lecture series on “Labor Market Transformations in China" and is hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and cosponsored by Columbia's China Center for Social…

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