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A renowned Asian studies scholar will discuss the origins of Chinese poetry in a lecture at UT on Thursday, January 14.

Martin Kern will give a talk titled “The Origins of Chinese Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Kern is the Greg and Joanna Zeluck Professor in Asian Studies at Princeton University. His work spans the fields of literature, philology, history, religion, and art in ancient and medieval China, with a primary focus on poetry.

In his lecture, Kern will develop new perspectives on ancient Chinese authorship, textual composition, and performance, as well as suggest new approaches to the origins of the Chinese literary tradition.

The remaining UT Humanities Center visiting scholars in the lecture series are:

February 11—Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, “Agency, Value and Alienation”

February 22—Daniel O’Quinn, professor, School of English and Theatre, University of Guelph, “Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence”

March 21—Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History, University of Chicago, “Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water and Long-Run Economic Development in China”

March 28—Helmut Reimitz, professor of history, Princeton University, “On the Use and Abuse of the Roman Past in the Early Medieval West”

April 7—John Bryant, professor of English, Hofstra University, “Big Data, Small Data: Melville and the Humanities as Fluid Texts”

April 18—Barbara Savage, Geraldine Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, “Merze Tate: Cosmopolitan Woman, Diplomatic Historian, World Traveler”



 Joan Murray (865-974-4222, jmurra10@utk.edu)