Conference/Workshop Application

Application for Holding a Conference/Workshop at the Eide Center Guidelines The Eide Center is available for small academic conferences related to China, Inner Asia or greater East Asia. The meeting rooms at the spacious Center can accommodate groups from 10-60 people comfortably. The lecture hall holds 60 people, and the reconfigurable smaller meeting rooms 20 […]

Dr. Robert E. Hegel, Ph.D. Public Lecture Series

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Public Lecture by Dr. Robert E. Hegel
October 25th at 10:30 AM at the Elling Eide Center

“Books and Pictures, Books with Pictures: How the Tradition of Chinese Illustrated Books Came About”

For much of China’s cultural history, decoration and artistic expression shared features and techniques.  This is most obvious in the illustrations that became a standard element in books of all kinds: poetry, plays, and novels as well as local histories and explanations of industrial processes.  The growth of book illustration was the culmination of age-old traditions that saw both writing and painting as intrinsically artistic and as imbued with a significance that was greater than merely the information that these arts might convey.  The spread of printing over the last thousand years brought these arts and their values into crafts of all sorts and, increasingly, to all levels of premodern Chinese society.  Illustrated books were a factor in making China the world’s most literate society until perhaps the nineteenth century.

Robert E. Hegel, Ph.D., Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Chinese at Washington University, St. Louis

This event is a joint effort with the Chinese Language and Culture Program at New College of Florida thanks to the support provided by a grant from The Andrew Mellon Foundation

Light refreshments to follow with Dr. Hegel.



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