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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!


Chinese Flagship Coordinator

Position Announcement

 Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months, renewable annually pending funding and performance

Salary: $43,000-$48,000

Anticipated start date: May 1, 2016

What we do – The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is a national leader in advanced Chinese language education. We offer intensive proficiency-based, content-infused, and individualized Chinese language teaching for the development of global professionals with advanced language proficiency.

The Chinese Flagship Program is designed to graduate students with Superior Chinese language and culture proficiency. Students choose from any of the 77 academic majors offered at the university while developing professional-level Chinese proficiency. Our program also includes a yearlong study abroad and personalized internship related to each student’s career interests. This unique combination of academic and Chinese language preparation challenges and prepares our students, creating opportunities for their futures.

Why you might want to work with us – We emphasize teamwork and communication, yet value independent thinking and creativity. We support employees’ quest to find a home/work balance. We focus on results, and employees are free to accomplish their work in a way that best suits them.

What you will do – The Chinese Flagship Coordinator plays a large role in creating a welcoming environment where students can thrive. As the coordinator, you will focus on student recruitment and retention. You’ll help develop recruitment strategies and lead recruitment efforts. You will provide support to some of the university’s brightest, most dedicated students. You will also contribute to the effective management of the federal grant that supports the program. Specifically, you will:

– Develop recruitment strategies and plans; design marketing materials; and meet with high school teachers, counselors, parents, and students

– Coordinate on-campus events such as introDUCKtion, Week of Welcome, and student colloquia

– Serve as an advocate for and provide encouragement to Flagship students

– Support students completing their summer and capstone applications

– Provide administration of Flagship scholarships

– Help track and input student information and help prepare grant reports

– Monitor budget expenditures and provide financial summary information

To join our team, you should have (minimum qualifications):

– Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university in field related to international education

– Minimum three years administrative experience, preferably in a higher education environment

– Experience working with U.S. postsecondary faculty and administrators

– Experience working with undergraduate students

– Familiarity with program assessment and evaluation

– Experience with budget management

It’s even better if you have (preferred experience):

– Experience facilitating and/or managing grant-funded programs

– Demonstrated experience in international academic program management

– Proficiency in Chinese

Why you’ll love the UO & Eugene

The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. As a community of scholars, we question critically, think logically, reason effectively, community clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. We aspire to be a preeminent and innovative public research university. We seek to enrich the human condition through collaboration, teaching, mentoring, scholarship, experiential learning, creative inquiry, scientific discovery, outreach, and public service.

The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon. A small and eclectic city, Eugene has something for everyone. Those who love the outdoors spend time on the miles of running and biking trails, hike nearby buttes that boast impressive views of the city, or hunt mushrooms hiding in local parks. Others patron the arts by watching performances by the Eugene Ballet, the Eugene Symphony, or the Eugene Opera; taking in a musical performance at the Shedd or the Hult Center for Performing Arts; or supporting local artist through the First Friday Art Walk. Of course, you can always cheer on the Ducks in Autzen Stadium, PK Park, Matt Knight Arena, or Hayward Field.

 Application Procedure & Closing Date

Applications must include:

– Cover letter that addresses applicant’s qualifications for the position

– Resume or CV

– Unclassified Employment Application Short Form: 

Application materials should be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. To be assured of full consideration, application materials must be received by March 28, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. This position is subject to a criminal background check.

We Value Diversity

We love working with people who have different perspectives, languages, and cultures. The successfully candidate should, too. The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution, and we take this commitment to heart.


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