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Saturday University: Water in Early Chinese Thought

Sat Oct 7 2017

Asian Art Museum

Off-Site

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Dip into a variety of waterscapes, past and present, as our speakers explore complex of meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues. How did water imagery in early China form a basis for philosophy? And how did Hokusai’s woodblock print of The Great Wave become recognized and appropriated across the globe? From Chinese landscape painting to climate change in low-lying Bangladesh, join us for a cruise through ideas about water.

October & December: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)
November: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM)

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
Sarah Allan, Professor of Asian Studies (Chinese), Dartmouth College
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)

Water served as the root metaphor for some of the most important ideas in early Chinese thought, including Dao ("way") and Qi ("vital energy"). Water is described as the source of the sky and the earth in a 4th-century BCE bamboo-slip manuscript. In this talk, Professor Allan will discuss the relationship between the natural world and the formation of cosmological and philosophical ideas in ancient China.

About the Presenter

Sarah Allan is Chair of Chinese Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China, The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, and more.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
PIGT

OCT 14

The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China
PIGT

OCT 21

Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India
PIGT

OCT 28

Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast
PIGT

NOV 4

Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape
SAM

NOV 11

History Flows from the Mekong Mud
SAM

NOV 18

The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan
SAM

DEC 2

River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh
PIGT

DEC 9

Hokusai’s Waterscapes
PIGT

Full series tickets: $80; SAM members $40
Individual lecture tickets are now available online in advance. They are still at the door the day of the lecture: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

206.442.8480 gardnercenter@seattleartmuseum.org

Artist’s Inscription: “First Yin: The noble man is characterized by the utmost Modesty and because of that may cross the great river. This means good Fortune.” Image: Modesty Hexagram from the Classic of Changes (detail), 1812, Sun Xingyan, Chinese, 1753–1818, ink on paper, overall (each leaf): 11 5/8 x 12 1/2 in., Gift of Judith G. and F. Randall Smith in honor of Mimi Gardner Gates, 96.105.6, Photo: Elizabeth Mann.