Five CI lectures Completed in Spring 2013
May 2, 2013

Dr. Roger Ames

This semester, we have co-sponsored five CI lectures for the general public, with three invited speakers from outside of USF (and two by the CI Director). We are partnering with other organizations for public lectures and cultural events in order to build a network of collaborators and reach out to more people.

On February 21st, working with the College of Public Health, we co-sponsored the CI lecture on “Transformative Nature of Jiankang Qigong” by Dr. Charles Beaupre (professor and CI Director from St. Mary’s University). The lecture was very informative because Dr. Beaupre used examples to explain the relationship of Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics with life and energy, and specifically with Qigong. He was able to share these profound teachings in a very intelligible manner, allowing the audience to have a deeper understanding of Qigong by the end of the lecture. In fact, some attendants continued extended discussions with Dr. Beaupre after the lecture. Once again, the Confucius Institute has offered another insightful and valuable learning experience to the USF and Tampa Bay community. (Click here to access the lecture slides by Dr. Beaupre.)

We also co-sponsored two lectures with the USF Philosophy Department. One was on April 5th by Dr. Roger Ames from the University of Hawaii, who is a well-known scholar on Confucianism and Chinese philosophy. His lecture topic was timely: “Confucian China in a Changing World Order”, attracting more than 70 students and faculty completely filling the Grace Allen Room at the USF Library. According to Prof. Ames, as a perfect storm is brewing (such as climate change, pandemics, energy shortage, gross income inequities, etc.), an effective response to this human exacerbated predicament requires a radical change in values and practices. The rise of China has precipitated a sea change in the world economic and political order, but what about the prevailing cultural order long dominated by a powerful liberalism? Confucianism, a philosophy that begins from the primacy of relationality, could have a significant impact on world cultures in the ensuing decades.

The other co-sponsored lecture (“Heidegger, Nancy and the Colonial Horizon in Chinese Modernism”) was delivered on April 19th by Dr. Yu Zou from Arizona State University. About 30 students and faculty attended the lecture.

As part of the CI Lecture series, the CI director Kun Shi delivered two presentations. They are “Approaches to Understanding China” (New Tampa Rotary Club, April 19th, with about forty attendants), and “Shamanism in China: a Reviving Cultural and Healing Tradition” (New College, April 26th, with about forty students and community members). He also presented at the National Chinese Language Conference on “Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competence for Chinese Language Teachers” (Boston, April 9th, with about thirty attendants).

Dr. Beaupre on Qigong

Dr. Beaupre visits USF-CI

Dr. Ames on Confucian China

Dr. Ames with Elisabeth Condon and Kun Shi