29 September 2012

19 September 2012

Professor Jeffrey Riegel presents "Imagining Confucius"


Date: 29 September 2012

Time: 1:30 pm-3:30pm

Location: Education Studios, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Topic: Imagining Confucius


Kongzi (or Confucius) lived during the waning years of China's Zhou dynasty 551-479 BCE. Deeply troubled by the disorder of his age he took it upon himself to teach others Zhou rituals and morality and how to transform themselves into responsible members of society and the State.

In this lecture Professor Riegel will draw on ancient sources to attempt to "imagine Confucius", as most sources tend to present a romanticized and idealized portrait of the sage.

Jeffrey Riegel is well known to Society audiences and has had a 35 year academic career at UC Berkeley. Currently he is Head of the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. He has published numerous books and articles and is writing a book on Kongzi. He will be our scholar leading a trip for the Society to Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces next spring.

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