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BARD IN CHINA SCHEDULES NOVEMBER LECTURE SERIES Programs feature talks on Chinese Architecture, Globalization in East Asia, and Border Troubles in China, as well as a talk about and screening of an Early Chinese Film

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.?Bard in China, a program of Bard College, presents four programs during November on the topics of Chinese architecture, globalization in East Asia, and border troubles in China, as well as a talk about and screening of an early Chinese film. All programs are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Olin Language Center, Ronald Knapp will give a talk on Chinese architecture, "In Search of the Elusive Chinese House." Knapp, the author of China's Living Houses: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation; China's Old Dwellings; and China's Walled Cities, is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, where he was chairman of the Department of Geography from 1995 to 2001.

On Monday, November 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building, Sherman Cochran, professor of modern Chinese history at Cornell University, will deliver a talk titled "Homogenizing the World's Cultures? Globalization in East Asian History." Cochran is the author of Big Business in China: Sino-Foreign Rivalry in the Cigarette Industry and coauthor of One Day in China: May 21, 1936. His current research projects include "Businesses and Networks in China: Western, Japanese, and Chinese Companies, 1880?1937" and "Marketing Medicine and Making Mass Culture in China, 1850?1950."

On Friday, November 16, at 11:30 a.m., in Room 204 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building, Beth Notar, assistant professor of anthropology at Trinity College in Hartford, will speak about "Border Troubles: Martial Arts Novels and Tourism in Southwest China." She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and has conducted research on the impact of national and transnational tourism on minority communities located at the borderlands of southwest China and Southeast Asia. Notar's current research focuses on shifts in the symbolic meanings of money in China; her recent publications include "Viewing Currency Chaos: Paper Money for Advertising, Ideology and Resistance in Republican China" and "History as Commodity: Du Wenxiu and the Politics of the Muslim Past in Dali, Yunnan."

On Monday, November 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Kristine Harris, assistant professor of history and director of the Asian studies program at the SUNY New Paltz, will introduce and screen an early Chinese film. Her research has focused on films of early 20th-century China, particularly those remembering classical China. Harris's publications include "The Romance of the Western Chamber and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai," "The New Woman Incident," and "Peach Blossom Dreams: Silent Chinese Cinema Remembered." She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, and an M.A., an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

For further information, call Bard in China at 845-758-7388 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 10-16-2001