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Wed 4/25: Claremont Discourse with Brent Armendinger

"Epistolary Poetry and Politics"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Faculty Presenter: Brent Armendinger (English and World Literature/Creative Writing, Pitzer College)

In this talk, Professor Brent Armendinger will discuss the political potential in contemporary poems that take the form of letters. Is there something political about correspondence itself, about its emphasis on relation and exchange, and what happens when poetry enters into this? What difference does it make when the addressee is a person or a group of people, alive or dead, real or fictional, human or not human? To approach these questions, Professor Armendinger will discuss the work of selected contemporary poets and reflect on his own writing practice.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Adam Rosenkranz at (909) 607-3986 or

Join us for the next installment in The Claremont Colleges Discourse 20th Anniversary Series: Engaging Collections at the Claremont Colleges Library.

Media Matters: Video Game Technology and the Interpretation of Ancient Places
Presented by Daniel Michon (Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 4:15 p.m. | Keck Classroom, Claremont Colleges Library

Archaeological sites are characteristically imbued with a multiplicity of meanings contingent on the speciļ¬cities of the society, time, space, and affordances of the representational medium through which these places are perceived. Using the ancient settlement of Sirkap as a case study, Professor Michon will try to demonstrate that thinking about theories of space and place encourages us to experiment with various representational media. This experimentation can result in alternative interpretations of archaeological records as represented in John Hubert Marshall's Taxila: An Illustrated Account of Archaeological Excavations Carried Out at Taxila under the Orders of the Government of India between the Years 1913 and 1934.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | (909) 607-3986 |

Thursday 2/8: Claremont Discourse, "Text and Image"

Please join us on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 4:15 p.m. for the first installment of this semester's Claremont Discourse 20th Anniversary Series, "Engaging Collections at the Claremont Colleges Library."

"Text and Image: East Asian Rare Books and Art Works at The Claremont Colleges"

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

In this panel four Asian Studies faculty members will discuss some special items from the exhibition "Text and Image: East Asian Rare Books and Art Works at The Claremont Colleges," on display this semester in the Claremont Colleges Library. Panelists will consider the research and teaching values of such resources, brief biographies of major Asian collectors, and a brief overview of the Chinese traditional multi-color woodblock printing and its global impact.

Panelists for this talk include: Zhiru Ng (Religious Studies Department, Pomona College); Feng Xiao (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College); Allan Barr (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College); and Bruce Coats (Art History Department, Scripps College). Learn more about each panelist's talk below.

For more information, please contact Xiuying Zou at (909) 607-4094 or

Text and Image Panel: Talk Titles & Descriptions

Zhiru Ng, Religious Studies Department, Pomona College
"Buddhist Manuscripts and Stone Scriptures in the Architectural Cosmology of Leifeng Pagoda in tenth-century Hangzhou, Southeast China"

This talk will examine the architectural and cosmological implications of mass printing of Buddhist spell manuscripts and the inscribing of stone scriptures at the Leifeng Pagoda in the making of a Buddhist kingdom in tenth-century Southeast China.

Feng Xiao, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College
"Multicolor Printed Manuals of Chinese Painting: The Ten Bamboo Studio and the Mustard Seed Garden"

Using books from the Asian Library Special Collections, this presentation will introduce two magnificent Chinese painting manuals and explain the intricate multicolor printing process used on woodblocks. In addition, the global impact of the two painting manuals will be shared.

Allan Barr, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College
"Qing Historical Sources in the Claremont Colleges Library"

This talk will review some of the major sources for Qing history for which we are fortunate to have original Qing editions here in Claremont, such as an anthology of imperial edicts and a massive compendium of biographies, both printed in the late 19th century. The speaker will also give an example of the kind of discovery that can be made when perusing our valuable collection of Qing gazetteers.

Bruce Coats, Art History Department, Scripps College
"Collectors for Claremont: Asian arts at The Claremont Colleges"

This talk will briefly introduce a few Asian art collectors and their collections which are now part of the special collections at The Claremont Colleges. These extraordinary collections are regularly studied in seminars and used by students in exhibitions about East Asia.

"Making Media that Matters: Collaboration, Visibility, Resistance"
Presented by Gina Lamb, Media Studies, Pitzer College

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Today's fast mobile media speeds up our screen life to 15-minute news cycle, and one-click slacktivism and targeted algorithmic bubblespheres disconnect us from our immediate surroundings. In this context, how do we foster a "slow media" movement with glocalized impact, that utilizes participatory media production as a conduit to spark dialogue directly with our neighbors? Hyper-local, and culturally specific productions bring surrounding urbanscapes into new focus, shifting existing relationships by challenging hegemonic corporate media sources that distort, or more often simply ignore, the stories and visibility of entire communities. In this lecture, Prof. Lamb will share example clips highlighting 15 years of collaborative media projects with local community and students.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | 909-607-3986 |

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