The Future of China's Past: Traditional Lenses for Exploring China

Albert Welter
TUESDAYS 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
October 2 - December 11, 2018. No class on November 20.
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The Future of China's Past: Traditional Lenses for Exploring China

Fall 2018
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TUESDAYS
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
October 2 - December 11, 2018. No class on November 20.

Location: 

Main Campus

Tuition: 

$185

China’s rise may be the single most transformative event of the contemporary world. Many have called attention to the economic and political impact of China’s rise, but what of China’s cultural renaissance? What does it bode for the future? The reinvention of China’s cultural identity is being shaped in terms of its past, but which past is being held up as the model —Communism, Confucianism, Legalism? This course looks at current engagements with China’s past with an eye toward exploring the factors shaping China’s future. It introduces the traditional lenses of Chinese thought —Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, and Buddhism— and reflects on their potential relevance for contemporary China. In short, the course has two aims: to introduce key aspects of China’s traditional cultures and to look at ways in which these key aspects are contributing to contemporary debates in China over its future direction.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor
School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Department of East Asian Studies

ALBERT WELTER is Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, and Associate Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Arizona. His expertise lies in in East Asian (especially Chinese) Buddhism and intellectual history.

Location

Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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