Some Events

A Conversation on China with Ian Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

locationZoom Webinar

In a wide-ranging conversation on September 25, 2020, facilitated by Tao Jiang (RCCS director, Religion Department) and Tanja Sargent (Graduate School of Education), Ian Johnson, a Pulitzer-Prize winner and one of the most prominent Western journalists on China, talked about the many facets of his life and experience as a journalist in China over the 20 years he spent there.

Chinese Philosophy Project

locationRutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

In order to promote a better understanding of Chinese philosophy, I launched the Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) in 2012 with Stephen Angle (Wesleyan) and Ruth Chang (Rutgers) (Dean Zimmerman took over from Ruth Chang as a co-director in 2018 when Chang moved to Oxford). RWCP is designed to build a bridge between Chinese philosophy and Western analytic philosophy, promoting critical engagement and constructive dialogue between the two sides, with the hope of bringing the study of Chinese philosophy into the mainstream of philosophical discourse within the Western academy. It is run every other April. The 2020 workshop, Virtue Epistemology and Chinese Philosophy, is postponed until April 22, 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Interview with Hong Kong iFeng News (鳳凰網)

locationMt. Jiuhua, China

On July 21, 2019, I was interviewed in Mt. Jiuhua by iFeng News 鳳凰網, a popular Chinese language news channel headquartered in Hong Kong. The conversation focused on conceptions of freedom and their place in Chinese politics prior to the modern period. The content is loosely based on my article “Isaiah Berlin‘s Challenge to the Zhuangzian Freedom,” published in Journal of Chinese Philosophy in 2012. Here is the interview and here is an illustrated version of the interview. I was in Mt. Jiuhua to participate in a forum on Chan Buddhism and Chinese Culture, which received extensive coverages from iFeng News.

Religion and the Rebuilding of China's Moral Foundations

locationChina Institute, New York, NY

On June 7, 2018, I participated in a panel discussion at the China Institute on “Religion and the Rebuilding of China's Moral Foundations,” with freelance writer Ian Johnson (Pulitzer-prize winner and the author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao), moderated by Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick (former LA Times Beijing and Seoul bureau chief and the author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea). The event received an extensive coverage in the Sing Tao Daily 星島日報, a newspaper widely circulated among the Chinese community in North America.