TITLE: Public Art and Illustrations: The Cartoons and Art of Ding Cong
SPEAKER: Marcia Ristaino, Shelley Drake Hawks, John A. Lent, Michael Sullivan, Carma Hinton, Martha Kennedy
EVENT DATE: 2009/10/20
RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes
Sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center, this symposium celebrates the life and work of China's famous cartoonist and artist, Ding Cong, who provided daring social commentary on Chinese society during China's turbulent 20th century.
Speaker Biography: Marcia Ristaino served as research analyst and special assistant in the office of political research of the CIA from 1967 to 1976, and as senior research analyst for Chinese affairs for the Library of Congress from 1981 to 1990. She was appointed senior Chinese acquisitions specialist in the Chinese Acquisitions Section of the Library of Congress in 1990 and was later awarded a Kluge Staff Research Fellowship by the institutution. Ristaino has written and lectured extensively about Shanghai, China, government, and politics. She is the author of "Port of Last Resort: Diaspora Communities of Shanghai" published in 2002 by Stanford University Press, and "China's Art of Revolution: The Mobilization of Discontent, 1927 and 1928" published in 1987 by Duke University Press. Her latest book, "The Savior of Shanghai: Father Jacquinot and the International Safe Zone" is forthcoming from Stanford University Press. Ristaino holds a bachelor's degree in European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and a doctorate in history from Georgetown University.
Speaker Biography: Shelley Drake Hawks is an historian specializing on the Cultural Revolution decade (1966-76) in Maoist China with particular interest in investigating the persecution and resistance of artists. She recently authored an article entitled "Summoning Confucius: Inside Shi Lu's Imagination During the Cultural Revolution" to be included in the forthcoming volume edited by Ralph Croizier and Richard King, Cultural Production and the Cultural Revolution. Her current book project is entitled "Chinese Painting as a Spiritual Garden: Resisting Mao's Cultural Revolution in Defense of a Creative Life."
Speaker Biography: John A. Lent, Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of international communications and Third World mass media, has authored or edited over 55 books and monographs and hundreds of articles. Some of this work has concentrated on comic art, especially in Asia, United States, and the Caribbean. He is also author of a four-volume bibliography of comic art, and books such as Animation in Asia and the Pacific, Illustrating Asia, Pulp Demons, and Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning. Besides being managing editor of WittyWorld since its founding, he inaugurated a comic art working group within the International Association for Mass Communication Research in 1984. A professor for over 42 years, Dr. Lent has taught in universities in the Philippines, where he was a Fulbright Scholar; Malaysia, where he started the first mass communications program in that country; Canada, where he held the first Rogers Distinguished Professorship at the University of Western Ontario, and the United States. He founded the Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group in 1976 and the quarterly newsletter, Berita, in 1975. He serves as an editor or editorial board member of more than a dozen periodicals, including Comics Journal, Human Rights Quarterly, Americana, and Crossroads. He also founded and chairs the Asian Popular Culture groups of the Popular Culture Association and founded and edits the International Journal of Comic Art. He has been chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society and editor of the journal, Asian Cinema, since 1994.
Speaker Biography: Michael Sullivan is Fellow Emeritus at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. His many books include "The Night Entertainments of Han Xizai: A Scroll by Gu Hongzhong" and "Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary."
Speaker Biography: Born in Beijing where she lived until she was 21, Carma Hinton has directed more than 13 documentary films about China, including "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" and "Morning Sun." A scholar as well as a filmmaker, she has a doctorate in art history from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore College, Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, she has lectured widely on Chinese culture, history and film at educational institutions in the United States and around the world. Hinton has a joint appointment with the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at George Mason university.
Speaker Biography: Martha H. Kennedy is a curatorial assistant in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.