Past Event

A Discussion on Chinese Classics with Professor Wei SHANG, Professor Lihua YANG, and Professor Chunying LI

July 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On July 16, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, in collaboration with Moveable Type and CITIC Press, invites you to a discussion on Chinese classics featuring Wei SHANG, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture at Columbia University, and Lihua YANG, Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. Chunying LI, Associate Professor at the International Confucian Academy of China University of Political Science and Law, will moderate the panel discussion.

This event is part of the 2019 Columbia Beijing Summer East Asian Series, in celebration of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute's 70th anniversary, and it is also the second event of the Gei Hai Zi Series Fifth Anniversary Series. The panel will focus on the essence and wisdom of Chinese classic literature and its modern significance.




Professor Wei SHANG is the Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He specializes in pre-modern Chinese literature and culture, especially fiction and drama of the Ming and Qing dynasties. His research interests also include print culture, book history, and intellectual history of the same era.

From 1978 to 1988, Professor Shang received his B.A. and M.A. from Peking University. From 1988 to 1995, he received his PhD from Harvard University. He has joined the Columbia faculty since 1997.

His book Rulin waishi and Cultural Transformation in Late Imperial China (Harvard University Press, 2003) addresses the role of ritual and fiction in shaping the intellectual and cultural changes of the eighteenth century. He is also the author of Chapter 4 of The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature II: "The Literati Era and Its Demise (1723-1840)." 


Lihua YANG

Lihua YANG is a professor of philosophy, Ph.D. supervisor, and associate dean at the Graduate School of Peking University. Yang's research interests mainly include the history of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, and Taoism. In recent years, Yang has mainly focused on Song-Ming philosophy and Wei-Jin philosophy.

Yang has published several monographs, i.e. Fifteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy(Peking University Press, 2019), Fifteen Lectures on Song-Ming Neo-Confucianism (Peking University Press, 2015), A History of Chinese Confucianism (the Song-Yuan part, Peking University Press, 2011), On Guo Xiang's Commentary of Zhuangzi (Peking University Press, 2010), Qiben & Shenhua: Commentary on Zhang Zai's Philosophy (Peking University Press, 2008), and The Innominate Joint - The Development of Taoist Methods of Immortality Through Concepts of Internal Alchemy (Peking University Press, 2002).

He has translated five books, including On Wang Bi's Commentary of LaoziThe Discourse of Race in Modern ChinaThe Collected Works on History of Thought in Sung DynastyThe Life and Thought of Chang Hsüeh-ch'eng, and The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making, with more than forty academic publications.



Chunying LI

Chunying LI is an associate professor and master supervisor at the International Confucian Academy of China Univerisity of Political Science and Law. She received her PhD in philosophy at Peking University. Her research focuses on the history of Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism.



6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration

7:00 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.  Opening

7:10 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Lecture by Professor Wei SHANG

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion

8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Q&A


  • The event will be in Chinese.
  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 
  • Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.
  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]