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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 Xiuying.Zou@claremont.edu.

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 | adam_rosenkranz@cuc.claremont.edu

Please join us this Thursday at 4:15 p.m. for the second installment of this semester's Claremont Discourse series, "The Changing Landscape of Media."

"Mistrust of Representation in the Era of Big Data and Virtual Reality"
Presented by Mark Andrejevic, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

The paradox of the digital era is that the promise to build a more informed populace has coincided with the rise of false news and the undermining of the efficacy of information itself. This presentation places the rise of false news within the broader context of the rise of digital media. It explores an emerging aesthetic of "framelessness" associated with virtual reality and contemporary forms of surveillance that contribute to the contemporary mistrust of representation.

This mistrust poses a threat to the core principles of democratic deliberation and governance, contributing to the contemporary political crisis. Where we go from here depends on how we understand the underlying issue, which is not just one of polarization and fragmentation, but also a misleading way of thinking about news and information. Resuscitating representation means resisting the fantasy of total information: that we don't know enough until we know everything.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | 909-607-3986 | adam_rosenkranz@cuc.claremont.edu

Please join us next Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. for the last installment of this semester's Claremont Discourse series, "Social Justice and the Environment."

Art at the Intersection of the Environment and Social Justice
Wednesday, April 12 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Panelists:
Claudia Arteaga (Scripps College, Assistant Professor of Spanish)
Tia Blassingame (Scripps College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Director of Scripps College Press)
George Gorse (Pomona College, Viola Horton Professor of Art History)
Kasper Kovitz (Scripps College, Assistant Professor of Art)
Nancy Macko (Scripps College, Professor of Art)

Moderated by Bill Anthes (Pitzer College, Professor in Art Field Group)

Although there is certainly no imperative for art to do so, it often attends to its political, cultural, or social milieu. Further, we frequently look to artistic works to help us consider old questions or raise new ones about our own lives, the realities of people and things around us, and the relationships between and among us all. In the final Spring 2017 installment of Claremont Discourse, a panel of faculty from across the Colleges will discuss the role of art engaged with subjects at the intersection of the natural world and social justice and how art can document, bring attention to, and expose the complexity of these issues.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | 909-607-3986 | adam_rosenkranz@cuc.claremont.edu

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