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Lecture & exhibit to celebrate Chinese cultural icon, Su Shi, on October 18 at Alexander Library

October 11, 2013

On October 18, the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the East Asian Library at Rutgers will co-sponsor a lecture and accompanying exhibit at Alexander Library to celebrate the life of Su Shi (1037-1101), a major icon of Chinese culture. A scholar-official of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126), Su Shi (also known as Su Dongpo) did not have a very successful political career - he was exiled three times from court, each time to a more remote locale, and died while travelling home from his last exile. Despite these difficulties, he made path-breaking accomplishments in multiple aesthetic fields, including Chinese poetry, prose, calligraphy, painting, and even cuisine. Today Su Shi holds a prominent place in Chinese cultural history as a model of creative energy, intellectual breadth, and humanistic achievement.

Professor Chi-chiang Huang of Hobart and William Smith College, an expert in the field of Chinese Buddhist history, will present a lecture on the image of Su Shi in the later Zen Buddhist texts at 2:00 pm in the lecture hall on the 4th floor of Alexander Library. The talk will be followed by the opening ceremony of a book exhibition on Su Shi outside the lecture hall. The exhibit will showcase books gifted to Rutgers by the National Central Library of Taiwan, including both contemporary Chinese works and replicas of Chinese rare books. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

The program is made possible by the support of the National Central Library and the Center for Chinese Studies of Taiwan. The exhibition will run through October 30.

All are welcome to attend the program. For questions about the program, please contact the East Asian Library (848-932-6086).