September 26, 2009
Contact and Exchange: China and the West
While China and Europe developed asymmetrically over many centuries, historical moments of contact and exchange profoundly affected both continents. This conference features experts from a variety of disciplines and explorations of literature, ethnography, science, technology, and trade. Support provided by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.
Hours: 9am to 5:30pm, with reception following
Registration Fee: $50
October 2 – 4, 2009
A Harmony of Friends: Music of Italy and China
Italian song and Baroque instrumental works are paired with music from China, creating an evening of cultural exchange that Italian scholars in Beijing may have heard circa 1610. With sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Elizabeth Hungerford and Chinese pipa virtuoso Yang Wei.
Hours: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Chimamanda Adichie & Fae Myenne Ng
Nigerian author Adichie, a MacArthur Fellow, wrote Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, a New York Times Notable Book. Chinese-American author Ng’s first novel, Bone, was a 1994 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist.
Hours: Monday at 7:30pm
Arthur Sze & Afaa Michael Weaver
Second-generation Chinese American poet Sze is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of eight books of poetry. In his collection The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005, Baltimore native Weaver arranges his poems according to the five-element theory in Chinese philosophy.
Hours: Tuesday at 7:30pm
Perspectives on China: The Perpetual Discovery
Author Rachel DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing), Atlantic correspondent James Fallows, and the Asia Society's Orville Schell discuss the complex and ever-evolving relationship between the United States and China. This evening of smart conversation brings together three observers of the complex, fascinating, and ever-evolving relationship between the United States and China in an event moderated by Sam Litzinger of CBS News.
Tuesday at 7:30pm; Tickets $12
Folger Lectures: Pre-Performance Tour
Enjoy a free, docent-led tour of Imagining China in conjunction with Folger Consort’s “A Harmony of Friends” at 7pm on October 3, and at 1pm on October 4. Tours will also be offered prior to the Wednesday, 7:30pm theater performances on November 4, 18, and 25. These short tours end by 7:15pm. Meet at the First Folio in the Great Hall at 6:45pm.
On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince, translated by Timothy Billings
Available for the first time in English, On Friendship matches a carefully edited Chinese text with a facing-page English translation and includes notes on sources and biographical, historical, and cultural information. On Friendship includes 100 Western sayings on friendship, rendered in beautiful classical Chinese maxims.
The book may be purchased from the Folger Gift Shop for $29.50. Hardcover.