The second lecturer is Dr. Chih-ping Chou at Princeton University. Professor Chou is a well-known scholar in the fields of modern Chinese intellectual study and Chinese pedagogy. He will bring up a controversial debate in China during the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, that is, what holds China back? Right after the Sino-Japanese War in 1894, many Chinese intellectuals blamed Chinese characters for being the major culprit in holding China back. Professor Chou’s lecture will lead you to think whether the existence of Chinese characters was an obstacle for China’s progress. The lecture will take place in 140 DeBartolo Hall, 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday, April 11.
The series of lectures are co-sponsored by Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Center for the Study of Languages. Interested colleagues and students are welcome to attend.