Victor Mair

Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
University of Pennsylvania

A 9th-Century Shipwreck and Its Implications for the History of Tea

Wednesday February 19, 2014 — 4:30pm

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146


The Tarim Basin Mummies

Thursday February 20, 2014 — 7:00pm

CAS Gallery / Wesley Foundation
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146


Victor Mair, Professor of  Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in Buddhist popular literature as well as the vernacular tradition of Chinese fiction and the performing arts. Throughout the 1990s, Professor Mair organized an interdisciplinary research project on the Bronze Age and Iron Age mummies of Eastern Central Asia. Among other results of his efforts during this period were three documentaries for television (Scientific American, NOVA and Discovery Channel), a major international conference, numerous articles, and a book, The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West (2000). Professor Mair is also the author of, with Erling Hoh, The True History of Tea (2009) and the Columbia History of Chinese Literature (2010). He is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and General Editor of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press. He has been a fellow or visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyoto University, Duke University, and the National Humanities Center.


 A 9th-Century Shipwreck and its Implications for the History of Tea

Wednesday February 19, 2014 — 4:30pm

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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In 1998, a shipwreck was discovered by fishermen just off the coast of Belitung Island in the Gelasa Strait between Sumatra and Borneo. The wreck dates to around 830 and constitutes the single most significant collection of archeologically recovered materials from the Tang Dynasty. One of the most surprising finds in the cargo was a bowl that tells us an enormous amount about the history of tea.

The Tarim
Basin Mummies

Thursday February 20, 2014 — 7:00pm

CAS Gallery
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age mummies that have been unearthed from around the edges of the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang, China) count as one of the most important archeological discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries. These extremely well preserved human remains and the artifacts associated with them provide an immense amount of valuable information about the cultures, languages, physical attributes, and migration patterns of Eurasian peoples in late prehistory.

 

“[The Tarim Mummies is] a major contribution to the history and archaeology of a remote and little
known part of the world.”
— Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

“[The Tarim Mummies is] fascinating and well researched... certain to prove controversial.”
— Colin Renfrew, Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research,
University of Cambridge

What Is A Classic?

The Concept of "Classic" in China: Philological and Philosophical Reflections


with interventions by Classics Professors
John Paul Russo, Wilson Shearin, and Han Tran

Friday, February 21, 2014 — 3:00 PM

CAS Gallery
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Inasmuch as the various dynasties that ruled over what is now known as "China" during the past two millennia and more subscribed to Confucianism as the primary orthodoxy for principles of government and morality, the "classics" upon which these principles were founded are of enormous importance for understanding their origins and nature. The concept of "classic" will also be compared to the notion of "scripture" and "canon".



Thebans

by Edith Freni

A new version of the Theban Plays by Sophocles

Department of Theatre Arts



February 21, 2014 — 5:00 PM

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Open to the Public
Free of Charge

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