Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series

Spring 17 Lecture Events:

"Tushu 圖書: The Complementarity of Words and Graphic Images in the Exposition of East Asian Thought and Religion"

Speaker: Robert Gimello, Research Professor, Departments of Theology and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame

11am-12:30pm, Friday, March 24, 2017

Location: National Churchill Library and Center, Gelmen Library, First Floor, George Washington University, 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

This lecture explores a late 7th century Sino-Korean Buddhist text -- the 華厳一乗法界圖-- which has as its foundation the “seal-poem (pictured above).” Prof. Gimello will talk about this text, about its place in both Chinese and transcultural traditions of patterned poetry and word-mazes, and about the larger semiotic implications of wedding words to graphic images.

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"Reading Distance: Port Louis, Cairo, Beijing"

Speaker: Professor Michael Gibbs Hill, University of South Carolina/College of William and Mary

Friday, February 24, 2017, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: National Churchill Library and Center, Gelman Library, first floor George Washington University, 2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

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Michael Gibbs Hill (Ph.D. 2008, Columbia University), Visiting Associate Professor of  Chinese, comes to William and Mary after teaching for nine years at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching interests include Chinese literature and cultural history, translation studies, and connections between China and the Middle East. For the 2016– 2017 academic year he will hold an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.


Fall 16 Lecture Events:

"Hallyu in India and South Asia"

Speaker: Dr. Ravikesh Mishra (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Monday, October 3, 2016, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: Rome Hall 411 (Dean’s Conference Room, 801 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20052)

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Dr. Ravikesh Mishra heads the Centre for Korean Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His area of interest and research include Korean language teaching, modern Korean literature, aesthetics, and literary translation. His talk will focus on the importance of promoting Korean Studies as one of the effective component of ‘Hallyu’ in the South Asian countries in general and India in particular. It also recapitulates the process of reception, adoption and assimilation of ‘Asian’ element that ‘Hallyu’ intrinsically possesses.


"Semantic Structures We Live By: Comparing English and East Asian Languages"

Speaker: Professor Nan Jiang of the University of Maryland

Friday, October 14, 2016, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Rome Hall 459 (801 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20052)

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Each and every language has a semantic system underlying its linguistic form. How this system is structured differs across languages. Systematic comparison of semantic structures across languages is importantly pedagogically because accurate and idiomatic use of a second language (L2) is dependent on the development of an L2-specific semantic system (which is often neglected in L2 teaching). It is also importantly theoretically because understanding how semantic differences impact L2 learning may shed light on human learning and cognition. In the lecture, Dr. Jiang will share his observations of how semantic structures differ at both the lexical and sentence level between English and Chinese (and potentially other East Asian languages). The purpose is to enhance the awareness of such differences among L2 learners and teachers.


The Kim-Renaud East Asian Lecture series was established with a gift by Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud, former chair and current professor emeritus of the EALL Department, and her husband, Dr. Bertrand Renaud. The lecture series aims to bring specialists in East Asian humanities and cultures to GW in order to encourage cross-disciplinary discussions.

Past Events

Fall 2013 - Spring 2016