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Light of the East—The Beauty of Movement in Silence

PSA from the College of East Asian Studies:

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

Nirvana—Carbon Inks, Burning Forests, and the Buddhist Endgame

ian_boyden_tripod_eventFrom the CFA:

Ian Boyden ’95 discusses how his long-term exploration of the material and ecology of a forest fire took an unexpected philosophical turn when he presented his work to a Chinese audience.

Link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/2015/10-2015/10012015artist-talk-ian-boyden-nirvana.html

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown

3.11 – Disaster and Change in Japan

DickSamuelsA lecture by Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies, and Founding Director of MIT Japan Program.

Date: Thursday, February 12 (Today)
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Seminar Room
Cost: Free

Outreach for the Spring

Amy Zhang ’15 invites you to hang out at the super cool Mansfield Freeman Center building:

unnamed-1Love playing with kids? Want to teach them some East Asian culture through activities like dance, sushi-making, and calligraphy? Outreach at the Center for East Asian Studies is a great way to interact with the greater Middletown community, and we’re always looking for more people to get involved. You have to be free on Friday early afternoons.

Email azhang[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and mmisaki[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information. Sessions start this Friday!

“Not of This World” Exhibition


From Andrew Chatfield:

A ghost woman who searches for her husband, an immortal trapped in a
peasant’s body, and a wheel that spins prayers—East Asian cultures
offer artwork woven through with supernatural and mystical elements.
These encompass but a portion of the sensory, transcendental imagery
in “Not of This World.” Not only aesthetically pleasing, these
pieces reveal spiritual worlds filled with love, betrayal, and faith.
To inaugurate Wesleyan University’s College of East Asian Studies,
students curated this exhibition of the most compelling artworks from
the collection. The divine, the uncanny, and the surreal all merge
into our lived reality in this selection of objects and images.
Uncover the hidden stories of East Asia’s religion and folklore to
discover a world not entirely of our own.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed: Saturday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 21; and Tuesday,
November 25 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Date: September 10, 2014 – December 5, 2014
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery (343
Washington Terrace)
Cost: Free

Faculty Approve New College of East Asian Studies

Wesleyan has a new college, the College of East Asian Studies (CEAS). This academic re-configuration combines the existing East Asian Studies Program, Asian Languages and Literatures Department, and Freeman Center for East Asian Studies into one College housed primarily in the beautiful, tranquil Freeman Center for East Asian Studies on the north end of campus. The new structure also pulls Korean into the College from Less Commonly Taught Languages. CEAS provides for an expanded major as well as an entirely new minor.

The College joins the growing ranks of interdisciplinary colleges at Wes: the College of Social Studies, the College of Letters, the College of the Environment, and the College of Film and the Moving Image. Like some of the other colleges, CEAS will support significant co-curricular programming and cohort-building among majors.

Professor Laurie Nussdorfer, the Chair of the Educational Policy Committee which brought the proposal to the faculty for approval this past Tuesday, wrote that CEAS “is  innovative as a new 3 year major requiring a more advanced level of language study than before, and it builds a student cohort both by new opportunities for social interaction among majors and by bringing in new student constituencies, like native speakers and others interested in East Asia who are committed to other majors, through a new minor. These are clear benefits of the new arrangement.”

Students, too, are quite interested in the new College. “This news was a bit of a gamechanger for me,” an anonymous member of the Class of 2015 chimed in. “A lot of people are excited about the announcement of the new college because it is being seen as a signal that the University intends to take this program that is already very strong and renowned, and investing in it further. It feels good that the program is getting this recognition.”