The Indiana University Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council will kick off a weekly speaker series Feb. 15 as part of the 2017 Global Arts and Humanities Festival, “China Remixed: Arts and Humanities in Contemporary Chinese Culture.”
The festival speaker series brings world-renowned scholars and journalists to campus for discussions of contemporary political, social and cultural issues. All talks are free and open to the public, with a reception following each talk.
Events in the series will take place at 6 p.m. in the Global and International Studies Building Auditorium, unless otherwise noted below. Details for each talk can be found on the China Remixed website.
Speakers in the series are as follows:
- February 15: Isaac Leung, “Remixing China Through Video Art.” Leung is an artist, curator and researcher in art and culture who is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
- March 1: Jiayang Fan, “Perception and Reality: In Search of Chinese Identity in the Age of Trump and Lamborghinis.” Fan is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, where she reports on China, American politics and culture.
- March 8: Gordon Chang, “Entwined Destinies: America and China and a History of the Present and Going Forward Into the Age of Trump.” Chang is professor of American history, the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University.
- March 22: Hua Hsu, “‘Who Is Enjoying the Shadow of Whom?’: On Writing, Culture and Identity.” Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports and culture.
- 4 p.m. April 6: At the Lilly Library, Judith Shapiro, “China’s Environmental Challenges: A Grassroots Perspective.” Shapiro is the director of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development program for the School of International Service at American University.
- April 12: Peter Hessler, “Learning to Speak Lingerie: Chinese Entrepreneurs in Egypt and the Chinese Worldview.” Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic.
- April 21: Amy Olberding, “Philosophy of Funerals.” Olberding is the President’s Associates Presidential Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, where her research centers on ethics in early China.
“China Remixed” is the largest Chinese arts and culture festival ever mounted in the Midwest. It is IU Bloomington’s inaugural Global Arts and Humanities Festival, sponsored by the IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council with support from many units and departments across campus. Most of the more than 40 events that are taking place — including exhibits, performances and films — are free and open to the public.
The Global Arts and Humanities Festival was envisioned as part of the IU Bloomington Campus Strategic Plan, which includes among its primary objectives fostering diverse and global experiences for students, as well as emphasizing IU Bloomington’s historic strengths in the arts and humanities. The festival will be an annual event highlighting the art and culture of a different country or region each spring semester.