Events Archive

Contact Western Michigan University's Light Center for Chinese Studies for more information about any of the following past events.


Thursday, Nov. 21

“Taiwan and China in a World of Globalization,” a lecture by Dr. Tse-Kang Leng, research fellow, Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica and professor of political science, National Chengchi University, 4:30 p.m., 2028 Brown Hall. Brown-bag lunch at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Bernhard Center.

Thursday, Nov. 7

“Magical and Religious Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism,” a lecture by Dr. Paul Copp, associate professor of Chinese religion and thought, University of Chicago, 3:45 p.m., 2028 Brown Hall. Brown-bag lunch meeting at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Bernhard Center

Wednesday, Oct. 23

“Managing Hegemony in East Asia: China’s Rise in Historical Perspective,” a lecture by Dr. Yuan-Kang Wang, associate professor, Western Michigan University Department of Sociology, 3:30 p.m., 2730 Sangren Hall.

Thursday, March 21

"Chinese and American second language education systems," a talk by Lei Pan, a lecturer from the School of Foreign Languages in Central China Normal University, 5 p.m., 3025 Brown Hall.

Friday, March 22

"U.S. Strategies in East Asia," a talk by Dr. Ling Wei, professor of international studies and director of the East Asian Studies Center at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, 3 p.m., 2212 Dunbar Hall.


Thursday, Nov. 8

Dr. Gregory Veeck and Sokhna H.A. Diop of the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University will present a talk on "Chinese Engagement with Africa: The Case of Madagascar," as part of the China in Africa lecture series sponsored by the Center for African Development Policy Research and the Light Center for Chinese Studies. The lecture is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in 2028 Brown Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Dr. Albert Dien, professor emeritus of Stanford University and expert on Medieval Chinese history, will present a talk on "The Origin Myth of the Xianbei: The Significance of the Gaxiandong Cave" at 5:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall at Western Michigan University. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Thursday, April 12

Dr. William Baxter, a historical linguist at the University of Michigan specializing in the history of the Chinese language, will give a talk, "What was the Early Chinese Language Like?” at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1028 of Western Michigan University's Brown Hall. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.


Wednesday, Nov. 30

Dr. Szu-yin Ho, a professor of political science at the National Chengchi University and former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council of the Presidential Office, Taiwan, Republic of China (2008-2010), will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1028 of Western Michigan University's Brown Hall. Ho’s lecture, “Cross-Strait Relations and Theories of International Relations,” will address the military security of Taiwan in terms of deterrence/compellence and balancing/bandwagoning theories; economic security in light of economic statecraft/bargaining theory; and cross-strait prospects in United States-China relations.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Dr. Zhang Jin, a professor of literature and journalism and associate dean at Chongqing University, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2028 of Western Michigan University's Brown Hall. Jin’s presentation, “The Bombing of Chungking: The Image of China’s Wartime Capital during World War II,” will examine how the pace of development in Chungking explained its promotion—after Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai—to the status of the country’s first inland municipal province in the 1990s and “provisional capital” for the Kuomintang of China government. It will also address the city’s status as the “front line of the rear” under Japanese air raids, within the context of China’s wartime state and nation building, socio-cultural development, economic reconfiguration and international political discourse.

Tuesday, June 28

A renowned local Chinese calligrapher will give a talk and demonstration on his craft and Chinese culture from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. Dr. Paul Wang, a Kalamazoo dermatologist and internationally recognized Chinese artist, will present the free, public talk. An accomplished artist in calligraphy and painting, Wang’s work has been featured in one-man shows in Michigan, New York and mainland China. Several of his pieces were recently auctioned at Christie’s in New York, a rare occurrence for a living artist. Wang was raised in Chung King, China, during World War II and began training at the age of 13 with the eminent Chinese landscape artist Huang Chunpei. Wang's presentation is being sponsored by the Light Center for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

Thursday, May 12

"Religion and the State in China and Russia: Suppression, Survival and Revival" is the title of a lecture that will be presented by Baylor University political science professor Dr. Christopher Marsh at 3 p.m. in Room 1720 of Western Michigan University's Chemistry Building. Marsh is also the director of Baylor's Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies.

Monday, April 18

Dr. Tu Weiming, chair professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University and Distinguished Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University, will present a talk on "An Interreligious Perspective on Confucian Humanism" at 5:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Putney Lecture Hall. The lecture is open to the public free of charge. Tu will attempt to present Confucianism as a spiritual humanism that seeks to integrate self, community, nature and Heaven into a coherent ecumenical vision for human flourishing. Confucian humanism in the 21st century can play a significant role as a mediating theory and practice in the dialogue among world religions. The lecture will be sponsored by Western Michigan University's Light Center for Chinese Studies.

Thursdays, March 10-April 14

The Light Center for Chinese Studies will be co-sponsoring a film, “Last Train Home,” which is part of Western Michigan University’s Religion and Film Series. Films will be shown on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from March 10 through April 14 in 2028 Brown Hall. In “Last Train Home,” a family embarks on an annual tormenting journey, along with 200 million peasant workers, to reunite with their distant family and revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world’s next super power.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Dr. Sherman Cochran, Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History at Cornell University, will present a talk about one of China's most economically dominant and politically influential families, the Lius of Shanghai, at 5:30 p.m. in the Putney Lecture Hall at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center.


Thursday, Nov. 18

Light Center's first internal conference attracts 30 WMU researchers—On Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, the Light Center for Chinese Studies held an internal conference on research interests and opportunities in Chinese studies that attracted research summaries from 30 Western Michigan University faculty and graduate students. Participants of the conference gathered at WMU's Fetzer Center for dinner followed by short presentations by the researchers present.

Monday, Oct. 11

Public invited to opening of Chinese studies center—Western Michigan University will celebrate the formal opening of its Light Center for Chinese Studies Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, with an on-campus lecture by Dr. Stephen R. MacKinnon, renowned China scholar and professor of history at Arizona State University. MacKinnon's lecture will be followed by a reception. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Light Center co-sponsors lecture series on China—Six nationally and internationally recognized economists will address U.S. economic relations with China as part of the 2010-11 Werner Sichel Lecture Series at Western Michigan University. Dr. Robert Koopman, acting director for the Office of Operations at the United States International Trade Commission, will open the series at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in 2028 Brown Hall with his presentation, "Value Chains in Global Production Networks—China and Asia in a Global Context." Now in its 47th year, the speaker series brings highly regarded economists to the area to discuss timely and important economic issues. The theme of this year's series is "Dragon vs. Eagle: The Chinese Economy and U.S.-China Economic Relations."

Thursday, Sept. 30

Southeast Asia expert on international relations to present lectureDr. Donald E. Weatherbee, renowned scholar on the international relations of Southeast Asia, will present a lecture on “China—Southeast Asia Relations Through Two Millennia” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

The Celebrate East Asia film series, featuring contemporary Chinese films that have won or been nominated for Oscars and other significant film awards, begins with "Judou" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Room 2008 of Western Michigan University's Richmond Center for Visual Arts. All screenings in the series are free and open to the public free of charge. The Celebrate East Asia film series is coordinated by WMU's Department of Comparative Religion, Soga Japan Center and Light Center for Chinese Studies, in partnership with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.