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The Universal Flute – Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi

Asian Cultural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Seminar Room
Cost: Free!

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!

Lecture with Artist Mary Heebner

In the multi dimensional installation Silent Faces/Angkor, Mary Heebner knits together imagery and writing to create an elemental, spiritual and involving interpretation of the myths of the ancient Angkor temple complex that plays on the links she has found between human and geographic forms.

Mary Heebner often turns to myth to broaden her understanding of the bonds between humans and the earth. When she went to Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex in 2000 and 2001, she began a series she called geography of a face to further her exploration of the connection between human and geographic form. Through both drawing and photography she engaged Angkor Wat’s twelfth century frieze, the Churning of the Sea of Milk and the other sculptural works there. While humans have always carved likenesses in stone, those figures just as surely erode and return to the earth. The ancient myth she studied and the eroded faces she read as maps shaped her path to creation of the books, scroll paintings, drawings and texts that make up this striking and profound installation.

Mary Heebner is an internationally known painter, book artist, writer, publisher, and installation artist with works in public and private institutions including the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, The British Library, New York Public Library, The J. P. Getty Research Library, Dartmouth College, the University of California and Stanford University.

When: Monday, April 7, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Where: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery

Silent Faces/Angkor: Gallery Opening – Postponed to February 12 Due to Snow!

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A message about great art (and free food) Rachel Hirsch ’15:

Come to the opening of Mary Heebner’s installation at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. Includes a gallery talk by the center’s curator and a lunch buffet.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12 (NOTE: This event has been postponed.)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Cost: Free!

EAST Majors Open House

Find out what the East Studies major is all about. Meet the professors and other students who are also interested in East Asian studies. Take advantage of the Mansfield Freeman Center’s art gallery, meditation room and Japanese garden while enjoying a Chinese food buffet in the seminar room. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere and learn about what makes EAST and the Mansfield Freeman Center the shining star of Wesleyan University.

Date:   Thursday, Feb 10
Time:   Noon – 1:00 PM
Place:  Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Visions of Cathay – Gallery Opening and Luncheon

These exquisite paintings catch China as Europeans idealized it in the late nineteenth century: elegant home life, Qing imperial troops performing martial arts in their colorful uniforms, acrobatics and gem-like paintings of fish, animals and birds. The delicacy and brilliance of the paintings is stunning, like a perfect dream of far-off Cathay.

This gallery will be opening with a luncheon at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies this Wednesday, January 26 at noon.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 26
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
  • Cost: Free!
  • For more information on Freeman Center exhibitions: Click here.