Past Events

Study Abroad in Japan

Information Session

Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan while at Penn?  Please join us and learn about the program options, the application process in this live session!  You will also have the…

EALC Graduate Student Colloquium Event

Workshop: How to Write Abstracts
Dr. So-Rim Lee
Oct 24, 2022 - at -

As announced via Discord, GSRC will be having its third event of the semester with Professor So-Rim Lee! She has graciously agreed to make time to talk to graduate students about how to write abstracts,…

Pikachu Bon Dance

(Bon Odori)
Oct 13, 2022 - at -

The Japanese Language Program is hosting their first ever dance event!  Come practice the Pikachu Bon Dance with us!

Don't know what the Pikachu Bon Dance is?  You can practice ahead of time with these…

Decentering Song-dynasty China: The Chanyuan International Order, 1004-1266

Prof. Shinobu Iguro

The Treaty of Chanyuan, signed at the beginning of the eleventh century, established the international order of multiple coexisting states based on alliance pledges that had intermittently emerged…

Game-changing Tricks to Combat Stress in College

Hear from your alumni, what they wish they knew
Dr. Yong-tong Li, Mr. Ryan Komori, W‘07 and Atthena Breitton, W’08

There will be a second session starting at 1:45Pm in David Rittenhouse Lab, Room A2


Dr. Yong-Tong Li, MD

Dr. Yong-Tong Li is a board certified psychiatrist…

Study Intensive Japanese for Sinologists at the University of Pennsylvania this Summer!

Jun 20, 2022 - Aug 5, 2022 at -

Study Intensive Japanese for Sinologists at the University of Pennsylvania this summer!

100% ONLINE Summer 2022…

Make-up Chinese Language Placement Test


A make-up exam will be offered on Friday, September 3. Students who learned the simplified form in school should sign up for the simplified character version of the exam. Students who learned the traditional form…

Fall 2021 Chinese Language Placement Test

Aug 21, 2021 - Aug 17, 2021 at -

For those students who were not able to take the placement exam on 8/14, a make-up exam will be offered on Friday, September 3. Students who learned the simplified form in school should sign up for…

Tales of a Late-Ming Iconoclast: On Li Zhi李贄, His Life, and His Books

Pauline C. Lee
Jul 26, 2021 - at -

The 16th century iconoclast Li Zhi has been rightly celebrated as a pioneer of individualism, one of history’s great voices of social protest, an original mind powerfully arguing for genuine self-…

Paul Goldin to be on "Against the Grain"


Dr. Goldin was a guest on "Against the Grain" today at 3:00PM EDT.  He will discuss The Chinese philosophical text Laozi, also known as the Tao Te Ching, a text debated for over two millenia.  A recording of…

Migration, Identity and Colonial Fantasies in a Fifth-Century Story Collection


The fourth-century southward migration of the northern Chinese was a traumatic event. The migrants were refugees fleeing from non-Han invaders; they were also settler colonialists forcefully asserting sovereignty…

The Lunyu 論語 and Its Neighbors

November 21-22
Nov 21, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020 at -

Please note that the meeting will be recorded.


Nov 21, 2020

9.15-9.30 Introduction by Paul R. Goldin and Maddalena Poli

9.30-10.00 Charles Sanft – Lunyu 論語 and Its Neighbors in the…

"Lama, Emperor, Icon: Art, Tantra, and the Right to Rule"

A Lecture by Dr. Karl Debreczeny
Curator, Rubin Museum

"Convicts as Officials in the Western Han (202 BC–9 AD): Disparities between Philosophical Ideal and Realpolitik"

Professor Cai Liang, University of Notre Dame

This talk examines the convict politics in central court. Former convicts were entrusted with  power, serving as important officials or even chancellors. Approximately one third of recorded high…

"Making and Remaking Silla Origins"

Professor Richard McBride, BYU

“Urban Life in Ichijôdani, Japan, a Late Medieval Provincial City”

CEAS Humanities Colloquium
Morgan Pitelka, Chair, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Professor, Asian Studies and History, UNC-Chapel Hill

The city of Ichijôdani served as the capital of Echizen Province for approximately one century during Japan’s late medieval period. It was a vibrant and successful urban center built around the residential complex of…

The Greatest Story Ever Told: Meditators, Madmen, and the Making of a Tibetan Saint

Lecture by Dr. Andrew H. Quintman, Associate Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University
Andrew Quintman

Late in the eleventh century a wandering mendicant, the Yogin, starved himself in the frigid mountains of southern Tibet while undertaking ascetic practice. He was later recognized as a buddha famed for…

DH For East Asian Studies

Dr. Molly Des Jardin (Penn Libraries), Paul Vierthaler (William & Mary)
Jun 1, 2020 - Jun 4, 2020 at -

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