Distinguished Speaker Series

"On the Making of the Classics in China: Reading, Interpretation, and Commentary from a Global Perspective" by Dr. Michael Puett, Harvard University

Time: Sept. 23, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: White Hall 101, 301 Dowman Drive, Georgia 30322

Free and open to the public

What would it mean to re-think the notion of the Classics from a global perspective?  In China one finds not simply another set of texts that have been deemed classics, but an entire set of practices and interpretive strategies for how and why one should read classical texts.  This talk will explore the implications of taking some of these practices and interpretive strategies seriously.

About the speaker

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, as well as the Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, at Harvard University. His interests are focused on the inter-relations between philosophy, anthropology, history, and religion, with the hope of bringing the study of China into larger historical and comparative frameworks. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early Chinaand To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.