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“The End of Hong Kong?” — a lecture and discussion with barrister, lecturer and scholar Alvin Cheung on the future of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong
Alvin Y.H. Cheung’s research interests include the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong and Macau, China’s approach to international law, and the relationship between trade policy and intellectual property. Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Alvin has written and presented extensively about Hong Kong for academic, specialist, and lay audiences. His writing has appeared in publications such as ICONnect, ChinaFile, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, Opinio Juris, World Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum (1, 2). He has also been quoted by Al-Jazeera, DPA, the Associated Press, and the Irish Times.
Supported by the Wesleyan International Relations Association, Hong Kong Students Association, and Wesleyan World Wednesdays
Date: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (but come early ‘to grab some munchies’) Place: PAC 002
In 1955, an enormous statue of Stalin was unveiled in Prague; in 1956, following Khrushchev’s “secret speech,” Stalin went from hero to villain; in 1961, Prague’s Stalin was obliterated with 1,600 pounds of explosives. Paulina Bren ’87 will discuss what came next: the story of the vast plinth that thereafter remained empty, and the uncharted territory of the 1970s and 1980s in the Eastern Bloc, a period of history known as late communism.
Bren is the author of the award-winning book, The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the Prague Spring, and a Wesleyan (Class of 1987) and College of Letters alumna.
Date: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 4:15-5:15 PM Place: PAC 001
Award-winning author Elif Batuman is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. The New York Times Book Review described The Possessed as “hilarious, wide-ranging, erudite, and memorable…a sui generis feast for the mind and fancy.”
Her work has appeared in the 2014 Best American Travel Writing and the 2010 Best American Essays collections. She has received several awards, including a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and the Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Recently writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.
Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or click here.
Date: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 8-10 PM Place: Russell House
Come learn about shamanism and maybe combat your life of suffering:
We invite you to spend a truly fascinating evening with Gregory Besek who has spent over 40 years exploring and practicing the ancient arts of Shamanism from cultures around the world.
Gregory will be explaining the “spiritual calling” of the shaman, plus the many “healing formats” that they have been employing around the world for tens of thousands of years. He will also be expanding on the methods used by the shamans that gave them the “power to heal” themselves, the community and the world from “soul fragmentation;” the root cause of all pain and suffering experienced today.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the shamanic world that belongs inherently to us all!
Date: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 7:15-8:45 PM Place: Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (169 High St, upstairs)
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentations by Professor of Art History Peter Mark about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy conversation following the talk.
Date: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 12:10-12:30 PM Place: Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Prominent Korean digital artists Youngho Kim and Jisong Lee examine
the “beauty of movement in silence” through photography and video in
their first exhibition outside Korea. Both artists build on their long
careers in fashion and commercial work to create works that examine
the core principals hiding behind what we see, and provide an opening
to re-explore, in a contemporary light, the topic of whether the world
that we are living in is a dream.
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd – Sunday, May 22nd Time: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery
Image: Pixy Yijun Liao, “The King Under Me,” 2011, digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Some information first about the opening reception from Andrew Chatfield:
Come join us for the debut of an exhibition by ten emerging artists from Beijing, Shanghai and New York that will include paintings, installations, video art, photography, and an artist-designed video game. This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by Sun Xun, Jin Shan, Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang, Bo Wang, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Shi Zhiying, Guo Xi, and Yan Xing. The exhibition is curated by Guest Curator Barbara Pollack.
Date: Tuesday, January 26th (Snow Date: January 27th) Time: 4:30 PM Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace
And now for in-depth information about the exhibition sponsored by the CEAS: