Patrick Dowdey, curator at the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, and adjunct assistant professor of East Asian Studies, is a co-curator of Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing at the Derge Parkhang, an exhibit of original prints from Tibetan Buddhists.
The exhibit will be held from Sept. 11 to Dec. 5 at The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. The prints from the Derge Parkhang are still created from hand-carved woodblocks, as they have been for over 300 years.
Dowdey will participate in a Nov. 21 panel discussion about the prints he helped retrieve from the monastery.
For more information, visit the Derge Parkhang website.
Twenty-five students majoring in East Asian Studies presented their research at a poster session April 29 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. The first-ever event allowed the graduating seniors to share their projects in a visual way with faculty, staff and fellow students. (Photos by Alexandra Portis ’09)
Adam Black '09, discusses his research with an onlooker.
Paul Gerdes '09 explains his research to Bill Johnston, professor of East Asian studies, professor and chair of history, professor of science in society and tutor in the College of Social Studies.
Eiko Otake, visiting instructor in dance, photographs a student's poster.
McLean Denny '11 signs up for an e-mail list.
Aram Glick '09 speaks to Stephen Angle, associate professor of East Asian studies, professor and chair of philosophy.
Wa Chan '09 explains his poster.
Chisel of Remembrance by Vera Schwarcz.
Vera Schwarcz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, chair of the East Asian Studies Proggram, professor of history, professor of East Asian studies, is the author of Chisel of Remembrance, a new collection of poems that draws from roots in Jewish, Chinese, and other ancient traditions. The 76-page book of poetry was published from Antrim House Books.
Vera Schwarcz, professor of history and East Asian Studies and director of the Mansfield Freeman Center, discusses her experience with China during a presentation Jan. 29.
Thirty years ago, the United States opened its first embassy in the People’s Republic of China as our nation began reestablishing its relations with the country. Vera Schwarcz, professor of history and East Asian studies and director of the Freeman Center, remembers the events well. After all, she was part of them.
Schwarcz, an expert on Chinese culture, politics and literature, was one of only seven official exchange scholars invited to visit China in February 1979 when the embassy opened. Her recollections of this time, and her subsequent 30 years of experiences studying in and about China, served as the foundation for her presentation titled “A Thirty Year Harvest: Personal Reflections on U.S. China Relations.”
Schwarcz’s lecture kicked off Wesleyan’s Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies semester-long celebration and recognition of the reopening of community country to the western world.
During the lecture Schwarcz shared her insights, inspiration and challenges that have come from her personal relationship with China for the past three decades.
“I went to China as a so-called expert,” Schwarcz says. “I came back as a perennial student.”
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Jan Willis, professor of religion, professor of East Asian studies, meets with three Buddhist nuns in Ladakh, India. Willis was honored as a "Outstanding Woman in Buddhism" recently for making an "exceptional contribution to Buddhism."
In the sparsely populated, mountainous region of Ladakh, India, elderly Buddhist nuns are suffering from isolation, illiteracy and lack of respect from their communities. These women, who spent their lives serving their family or working as laborers, have rarely had the opportunity to become ordained or to worship in a monastery like the highly regarded male monks.
“These women have been devalued from the beginning,” says Jan Willis, professor of religion, professor of East Asian studies. “All they’ve ever wanted to do is serve the dharma and study, but instead, they’ve become servants of their community, or helpers for the monks.”
Willis, who has devoted part of the last seven years to helping a group of elderly Ladakhi nuns, is being honored as an “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” for the year 2009 for making an “exceptional contribution to Buddhism.”
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