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NewsProfessor Connects Confucianism and Western Thought

Tu Weiming in front of a paintingTu Weiming, Harvard-Yenching Institute director and professor of Chinese history and of Confucian studies at Harvard University, will explore the integration of humanism into modern Western culture on Monday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater as the final lecture of the 2005-2006 Marlboro College Monday Night lecture series on  “Creativity.”

Tu Weiming will show how Confucian humanism may serve as a sympathetic understanding of and critical reflection on the Enlightenment secular humanism of the modern West. He will argue that by integrating the religious and naturalist dimensions of humanity into an inclusive vision of human flourishing, the Confucian mode of thinking can respond creatively to the ecological and spiritual crisis of the human condition in the 21st century.

As director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Tu Weiming oversees the advancement of the humanities and social sciences in East and Southeast Asia in higher education. On the Harvard faculty since 1981, Tu Weiming also holds honorary professorships from Zhejing and Renming Universities and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and has been awarded honorary degrees by Lehigh, Michigan State and Shandong Universities. Currently, Tu Weiming is a board member of the Chinese Heritage Center in Singapore, an international advisor of the Rafman University in Malaysia and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to over one hundred articles, Tu Weiming has published five books in Chinese and six books in English including Humanity and Self-Cultivation: Essays in Confucian Thought (Cheng & Tsui, 1999) and is president of Contemporary, a journal published in Taiwan. Tu Weiming received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University and his B.A. in Chinese Studies from Tunghai University in Taiwan.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Monday Night Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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