2017-2018 Event Videos
Xu Bing: The Origins of Creativity | 10/7/2018
Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series
Internationally renowned artist and film director Xu Bing is one of the most well-known contemporary artists in China, recognized for his representations of artistic sophistication, political conscience, and far-reaching imagination. His artworks have been exhibited at many prestigious venues, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. He has been included in the Venice Biennale three times and honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Graphics Council, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, the Wales International Visual Art Prize, and a US Department of State Medal of Arts. For this special Speaker Series event, Xu will talk about his signature works and his new film, Dragonfly Eyes (2017).
Spatializing Infant Burial in Qing China | 10/2/2018
Jeff Snyder-Reinke, Professor of Chinese History, The College of Idaho
In the nineteenth century, foreigners in China wrote prolifically about so-called "baby towers"—structures that were erected outside cities to house the remains of dead children. In the minds of many foreigners, baby towers came to embody both a peculiar rendering of Chinese death practices, as well as a growing animus toward certain aspects of Chinese social life. This talk will attempt to contextualize these structures, by describing and mapping the history of campaigns to bury children in the late imperial period.
Jeff Snyder-Reinke is a professor of Chinese history at The College of Idaho. He earned his PhD in modern Chinese history from the University of Michigan in 2006. He conducted dissertation research at the Institute for Qing History in Beijing while on a Fulbright fellowship. Out of this research came his first book, "Dry Spells: State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China," which was published by the Harvard University Asia Center in 2009. He is currently working on a book-length study of infant burial in the Qing dynasty. In what little spare time he has, he serves as the CEO of a company that manufactures fruit tea.
LRCCS Panel Discussion | China’s Adaptive Governance: Past Success and Future Challenges | 9/14/2018
A Panel Discussion in Honor of Professor Michel Oksenberg (1938-2001)
This panel discussion honors the legacy of Professor Michel Oksenberg, who taught at the University of Michigan from 1973 to 1991, and served as a key member of the National Security Council when the US normalized relations with China. He consistently urged that the United States engage with Asia in a more deliberate manner. The panel discussion will focus on the broader picture of economic development in China, especially rural China.
The panel discussion also marks the publication of a new volume by Stanford University Press on one of the key research sites of Professor Oksenberg, Zouping County. Two of the panelists, Professors Steven M. Goldstein and Jean Oi, edited this new volume, "Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County."