TITLE: Contemporary Significance of Confucianism: Afternoon Session
EVENT DATE: 01/24/2008
RUNNING TIME: 141 minutes
Is a philosophical system born in China 2,500 years ago still relevant in the 21st century? A panel of scholars attempted to answer this question in a symposium titled "The Contemporary Significance of Confucianism"
Sponsored jointly by the Library of Congress and the University of Maryland, the conference included remarks by Hwa-Wei Lee, director of the Library's Asian Division; Chuan-sheng Liu, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland; and Saul Sosnowski, associate provost for international affairs at the University of Maryland.
Scholars from the U.S., Canada and China examined the implications of Confucianism for social harmony, sustainable development and peace. Keynote speaker Tu Weiming, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy at Harvard University, re-examine the Confucian Analects and new Confucianism. Ruth Hayhoe, professor of theory and policy studies in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, compared the concepts of knowledge and education in the East and West and discuss Confucianism and education in contemporary China.
Other speakers discussed Confucian studies in 20th-century China, a Christian perspective on Confucianism, Confucianism in books, Confucianism in the age of globalization, Confucianism and Taoism, and Confucianism and intellectuals. Panel discussions focused on contemporary trends in Chinese politics; Confucianism, education and global citizenship; and dialogues on world crises and Confucianism.
A special display of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Western books was on view in the Asian Reading Room (LJ-150) of the Library's Jefferson Building. The display included Confucius-related rare items from the rich collections of the Library of Congress.