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FIRST SATURDAY PDX ASIAN LECTURE SERIES "Starting in “the empty nothingness, the dark purity”, A Third-century Poetic Description of How the Cosmos Began"
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30am

                                

Moved from Apr. 7th to April 28th 2018

Starting in “the empty nothingness, the dark purity”, A Third-century Poetic Description of How the Cosmos Began 

Presenter:  K.E. Brashier

Date: April 28th, 2018

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am

Place: PSU, Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC), Rm 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland 97201

Join First Saturday PDX & PSU Institute for Asian Studies for an illustrated lecture. 
Through the 144-line “Poetic Exposition on Heaven and Earth”, the lecture will walk us through the formation of the cosmos through surveys of early Chinese cosmology, astronomy, and geography by Chenggong Sui (231-273).  Contemporaneous images from Han burials and excavated relics will be referenced to illustrate the poem’s verses. 

 

 

 


A monthly program featuring lectures and presentations on art, architecture, gardens and historical culture of China and East Asia, highlighting connections with the Pacific NW.  

 

About the speaker: Ken Brashier 白瑞旭 received his BA from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, his MA from Harvard, and his PhD from Cambridge, after which he began teaching Chinese religions and humanities at Reed in 1998. Author of Ancestral Memory in Early China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2011) and Public Memory in Early China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014), he is currently studying the idea of purgatory in late imperial China. In 2006, he was recognized as the national "Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year" by the CASE/Carnegie Foundation, but his chief goal in life remains a futile attempt to get his two cats to respect him.

 

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