Cornell University

Annual Hu Shih distinguished lecture: Victor Mair

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

PSB, 401 245 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850

Prof. Victor Mair of the University of Pennsylvania, world-renowned literary scholar and archaeologist, will give the annual Distinguished, Hu Shi Lecture.

More about Victor Mair:

A specialist on classical and medieval Chinese literature, Dunhuang excavations and manuscript culture, and early Chinese archaeology, and translator of such canonical pre-Qin texts as Sun Zi’s The Art of War and the Daodejing, Prof. Mair has spent his life teaching the culture and history of premodern China. He has authored and co-authored numerous books, including The Tarim Mummies, T’ang Transformation Texts, Painting and Performance, and The True History of Tea. He has also edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including Experimental Essays on Zhuangzi, Contact and Exchange in the Ancient World, The Columbia History of Chinese Literature, and the monumental An Alphabetical Index to the Hanyu Da Cidian (Great Dictionary of the Chinese Language).

Victor Mair is a philologist specializing in Sinitic and Indo-European languages, and holds the position of Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States.

More about the Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture:

On the 100th anniversary of the world-changing philosopher and statesman’s graduation from Cornell, the EAP initiated an annual distinguished lecture in his name. Leading scholars of Chinese and East Asian studies are invited to give a lecture on critical issues in their field of research. 

This lecture series is video archived as a resource for the Cornell community and beyond. For full-length lecture videos and highlights:



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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, History, East Asia Program




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