A Pair of Lectures About China ~ Presented by Middlesex Community College, on its Bedford Campus


Submitted by Middlesex Community College

A pair of lectures on China will take place in the Bedford Campus Center at Middlesex Community College on Monday, March 5. Explore China’s Art of Resistance at 9:30 am, then at 11 am learn about Confucian China in a Changing Global Order. Both programs are free and open to the public, supported by MCC’s Asian Studies Professional Development program, and a U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) grant. For further information, contact Humanities Professor Dona Cady: cadyd@middlesex.mass.edu.

At 9:30 am ~ Explore China’s ‘Art of Resistance’

Art historian Shelley Drake Hawks, an MCC faculty member, will share the story of Chinese painters who refused to let their art become propaganda during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Based on years of original research, she reveals for the first time how seven Chinese ink painters defended their artistic ideals, despite physical and psychological persecution.

The talk is drawn from Hawks’ book, “The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China,” a gorgeously illustrated work that offers a new look at an era still little known in China. It is a story about art and history, as well as about a group of undaunted individuals who refused to surrender their inner freedom.

Hawks, of Concord, is a writer and historian who teaches art history at Middlesex. She has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Boston University, UMass Boston and Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a master’s degree in Asia Regional Studies from Harvard and a doctorate in History from Brown.

At 11 am ~ Confucian China in a Changing Global Order

Professor Roger Ames, co-founder of the Asian Studies Development Program at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center, explores the question: What impact will Confucianism – a philosophy that begins from the primacy of relationality – have on world culture in the ensuing decades?

According to Ames, a perfect storm is brewing with issues such as climate change, food and water shortages, environmental degradation, pandemics, energy shortage, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and gross income inequities. An effective response to this human-exacerbated predicament requires a radical change in values, intentions, and practices. The rise of China has precipitated a sea change in the world economic and political order, but what about the prevailing cultural order long dominated by a powerful liberalism?

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