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Calendar of Events | The Storer Lecture | Chinese New Year

Films in the Kenyon Library |Web Resources

Calendar of Events

Date Title Speaker or Performer Place and Time
Nov. 1 Film and discussion with filmmaker:
"To the Land of Bliss"
Wen-jie Qin Olin Auditorium,
7:30 pm
Nov. 2 Films and discussion with filmmaker:
"Full Circle" and "Pure Land, Amsterdam"
Wen-jie Qin Olin Auditorium,
7:30 pm

Sep.23 "On Translating Chinese Poetry" Bei Dao Peirce Lounge, Common Hour
Sep. 23 Storer Lecture: Poetry Reading Bei Dao Higley Auditorium, 7:30 pm
Feb. 9-12 Sand mandala Drepung Loseling monks Olin Library Atrium
Apr. 4

"Recovering the Past, Responding to the Present: The Renaissance of Painting in Northeastern Tibet"

Rob Linrothe, Skidmore College Olin Auditorium,
7:30 pm


Nov. 6

Storer Lecture: "North Korea: Beyond Good and Evil"

Bruce Cummings, University of Chicago

Higley Auditorium 7:30


The Storer Lecture

The origin of Asian Studies at Kenyon owes much to the generosity of James P. Storer, a trustee and alumnus of the College. In 1991, Storer endowed both a chair in Asian history and a lectureships program in Asian Studies. Since then, a number of distinguished visitors have come to Kenyon as Storer Lecturers. These include (with some of their books):


    Jonathan Spence
    The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and their Revolution (1981); The Memory Palace of Mateo Ricci (1984); The Search for Modern China (1990)


    Wendy Doniger
    Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook (1975); Women, Androgynes and Other Mythical Beasts (1980); Other People's Myths: The Cave of Echoes (1988)


    David Desser
    The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa (1983); Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (1988); Ozu's Tokyo Story (1997)

    Maxine Hong Kingston
    The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976); China Men (1980); Tripmaster Monkey: This Fake Book (1989)


    James C. Scott
    The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia (1976); Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (1985); Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (1990)

    William LaFleur
    The Karma of Words: Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan (1983); Buddhism: A Cultural Perspective (1988); Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan (1992)


    Patricia Ebrey
    Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China: A Social History of Writing about Rites (1991); The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (1993); The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (1996)


    The Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks


    Dharma Kumar
    Land and Caste in South India: Agricultural Labour in the Madras Presidency during the Nineteenth Century (1965); The Cambridge Economic History of India (ed. v. 2, 1983); Colonialism, Property, and the State (1998)


    Donald Lopez
    A Study of Svantantrika (1987); Elaboration on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra (1996); Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West (1998)


Barbara Metcalf
Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband, 1860-1900 (1982); Moral Conduct and Authority: The Place of Adab in South Asian Islam (ed. 1984); Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe (ed. 1996)


Elizabeth Perry
Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China (1980); Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor (1993); Casting a Chinese "Democracy" Movement: The Roles of Studetns, Workers, and Entrepreneurs (1994); Contentious Chinese (1999).


Jaime FlorCruz
CNN Beijing bureau chief; former Time Beijing bureau chief; co-author of Massacre at Beijing.

Devin Deweese
An "Uvaysi" Sufi in Timurid Mawarannahr: Notes on Hagiography and the Taxonomy of Santitiy in the Religious History of Central Asia (1993); Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde: Baba Tukles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition (1994).


Richard Bernstein
Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment (2001).


Norman Fischer
Jerusalem Moonlight: An American Zen Teacher Walks The Path Of His Ancestors (1995); Opening To You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms (2002); Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up (2003).

Kathy Foley
Clowns in the (Asian Puppet) Theater


Bruce Cummings
The Origins of the Korean War (1981); War and Television (1992); Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (1997); Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations (2002); North Korea: Another Country (2003).


Bei Dao
Notes from the City of Sun (1983); The August Sleepwalker (1990); 1991 Old Snow (1991); Forms of Distance (1994); Landscape over Zero (1996); Nightwatch (1999); Unlock (2000); Blue House (2000); At the Sky's Edge (2001); Midnight's Gate (2003).


Ali Bastug
Turkish folk-singer.

Chinese New Year Click to see the 2004 events

The Asian Studies program, the MLL department, two student organizations (Chinese Club and ASIA) sponsor a celebration of Chinese New Year. On these occasions many students, staff, faculty and people from the community gather for the event.

Maraleen Shields, Siiri Morely, and Lauren Prince, who graduated in the Year of the Dragon, celebrate the New Year with Alys Spensley, who will graduate in the year of the Snake.

Films in the Kenyon Library

This section includes a useful listing of Asian Studies related films available within the Kenyon AudioVisual Department and Modern Foreign Language Lab. The list, compiled by Professor Ruth Dunnell, provides information including titles, run times, film color (or absence there of), presence or absence of subtitles, location on campus, directors' names, and short descriptions where possible. Please contact Professor Dunnell with suggestions for additions to this list. (Suggestions only for currently owned Kenyon videos not already listed here please.)

Chinese films: By Title, By Director

Japanese films: By Title, By Director

Inner Asian (Tibet & Mongolia) films: By Title

Asian documentary films: By Title, By Director

Southeast Asian films:  By Title

Web resources


  • AAS
    • Association for Asian Studies, based in the USA, publishes the Journal of Asian Studies and organizes an annual conference
  • IIAS (Leiden)
    • International Institute for Asian Studies, promotes international dialog and scholarly cooperation
  • ASIANetwork
    • Consortium of liberal arts colleges to promote Asian Studies
  • Asia Society
    • New York based group to promote awareness about Asia
  • Asia Study Abroad programs
    • Check first with Kenyon's Office of International Education to see which programs are on our approved list
  • Summer Study in Tibet
    • Check first with Kenyon's Office of International Education to see which programs are on our approved list

About Asia in General

Books, Maps, and Films

East Asia

Tibet and Central Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia 

Comments to: Joseph Adler
Last Edited: 4/3/06

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