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“Comparing Early Empires: Rome and China”
Michael Nylan
Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, February 10, 2017
4:00 pm
Crater Lake North, Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

At their heights, Rome and China were two empires commanding approximately the same size territories and populations, operating at similar technological levels.  However, the two empires could hardly have been run on more different bases, in terms of their treatment of their own populations, methods of political deliberation, financial arrangements, expectations of service from members of the governing elite and from allies, and even the arrangement of their capitals.  This talk will explore such differences, asking what presumptions shaped their decision-making processes, as a way of reflecting upon larger East-West debates.

This lecture is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. It is cosponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Department of History, the Asian Studies Program, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Classics. The Crater Lake North room is located in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU). For more information, please call 541-346-5068.

Why I Have Failed: Reflections on Translating the Zuozhuan.
Presenter – Stephen Durrant, Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
When – Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4:00
Where – Knight Library Browsing Room

The Zuozhuan (Zuo’s Commentary on the Annals; comp. 3rd century BCE?) is one of the most important works of history in traditional Chinese literature. For centuries, it provided a model for historical narrative, one that differed in many ways from understandings of history in Western literature. In celebration of his monumental translation of the Zuozhuan, recently published by University of Washington Press, Durrant will discuss his experience translating this famous, and famously difficult, text. In doing so, he will offer reflections on translation, audience, and cross-cultural understanding.



Susanna Soojung Lim’s English translation of a South Korean novel, “My Uncle Bruce Lee” by Cheon Myeong-kwan, has been featured on the the Hong Kong-based journal Asia Literary Review in its special Spring 2016 issue celebrating contemporary Korean literature: Susanna teaches in the Honors College.


Xinjia Peng, a PhD student in Chinese Linguistics, has been selected as a recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a highly competitive award honoring the best and most promising graduate students.
Congratulations, Xinjia!


CAPS_Mediascapes_conference May 29
9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Visualizing History and Youth Movements
11:15-1:15 Panel 2: Trans/National Mediascapes, Gender and Mobility
2:15-3:45 Panel 3: Pop Music and the Politics of Icons
4:00-5:30 Graduate Research Panel
5:30-6:30 ReceptionMay 30
10:00-11:30 Panel 4: Video Games, Fans, and Social Play
11:45-1:15 Panel 5: Fan Activism and Popular Culture
1:15-3:15 Closing Discussion

The Center for the Study of Women in Society has awarded Alisa Freedman a faculty research grant for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is one of only two supported by the Mazie Giustina Endowment for Research on Women in the Northwest. Professor Freedman is launching research for a book on Japanese women who traveled to the United States for study in the 1950s and 1960s with the support of GARIOA and Fulbright fellowships—many of whom were students at University of Oregon—and became professors, translators, authors, and even university chancellors.


Oregon Bilingualism Symposium
Language, Identity, and Society in a Multilingual World

Friday, March 13th 3:00PM-5:00PM
Mills International Center (EMU)

The Great Convergence: Translation, a Chinese Colloquial Text, and British Romanticism
Patricia Sieber
East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University
Postponed to Friday, April 10, 2015, Room and Time – TBA
Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Center for Asian Pacific Studies Jeremiah Lecture Fund, The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Asian Studies Program.

Envisioning the City in Early Modern China
A Lecture by Kenneth Hammond
Professor of History, New Mexico State University

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Susie Papé Reception Hall
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
4:30 p.m. Refreshments
5:00 p.m. Music ensemble
5:30 p.m. Lecture by Professor Hammond

Linguistic Politeness in Korean: Phonetics and Multimodality
Monday October 6, 3:30pm in Browsing Room, Knight Library

Talk by Bodo Winter (University of California, Merced) with commentaries from Lucien Brown (University of Oregon) and Kaori Idemaru (University of Oregon)

Jeremiah Lecture presented by CAPS and EALL