Dialogue: Fred Dallmayr and Tu Weiming (杜维明) 2011.06.10

Prof. Fred Dallmayr and Prof. Tu Weiming found time in the evening of June 10th, 2011 away from a conference organized by Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen ) in Vienna, Austria. They decided to follow up on their previous dialogue (see the video “Dialogue: Fred Dallmayr and Tu Weiming 2009-11-18” below). This time their dialogue was on prerequisite conditions for a successful dialogue. Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy Peking University. He is also Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University.

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Dialogue b/w Prof. Tu & Prof. Taylor in Vienna

On June 11th, 2011, Prof. Tu Weiming and Prof. Charles M. Taylor held a dialogue at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna, Austria.

Prof. Charles Taylor is a philosopher best known for his contributions in political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and the history of philosophy. His contributions to these fields have earned him both the prestigious Kyoto Prize and the Templeton Prize. Prof. Taylor is currently a Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Canada and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Austria.

Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He is also a Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University. Prof. Tu has been instrumental in developing dialogues among civilizations, Cultural China, reflections on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West and multiple modernities. He is currently researching the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.

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Video: Keynote Address at 2011 NCLC

In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011, the participants of National Chinese Language Conference gathered in the Grand Ballroom at San Francisco Hilton Hotel for Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote address entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age.” Here’s the video from this event.

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Keynote Address at 2011 NCLC

In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011, the participants of National Chinese Language Conference gathered in the Grand Ballroom at San Francisco Hilton Hotel for Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote address entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age.”

Prof. Tu was introduced to the audience by Madam Vishakha Desai, the President of Asia Society. In his address, Prof. Tu Weiming discussed the challenges that Confucianism faces in the contemporary world. He has called for “New Confucian Humanism” to become “a source of inspiration for human flourishing in the twenty-first century” by contributing to the development of a worldwide “culture of peace that emphasizes communication, negotiation, dialogue, and reconciliation.”

Audience responded to Prof. Tu’s insightful and inspiring speech with great enthusiasm. Following his keynote address, Prof. Tu continued with a conversation with Madam Desai; he also answered questions from the audience members.

“Language teachers are ambassadors of the cultures,” said Prof. Tu to educators in the packed grand ballroom.

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Noted Scholar Addresses Confucian Humanism

Western Michigan University News Report
by Margaret von Steinen
April 7, 2011

Harvard’s Dr. Tu Weiming will present “An Interreligious Perspective on Confucian Humanism,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Fetzer Center’s Putney Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Tu is chair professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University and Distinguished Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He will present Confucianism as a spiritual humanism that seeks to integrate self, community, nature, and Heaven into a coherent ecumenical vision for human flourishing. He believes Confucian humanism in the 21st century can play a significant role as a mediating theory and practice in the dialogue among world religions.

The lecture will be sponsored by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. For more information, write to hige-lightcenter@wmich.edu.

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Upcoming Events that Prof. Tu Plans to Attend (Tentative)

Click here to view a list of upcoming events that prof. Tu is scheduled to attend.

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In Memory of Kapur

World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations reports:

On March 12, 2011 Kapur Surya Foundation and India International Centre convened the commemorative event “The Vision and Legacy of J.C. Kapur: Quest for an Equitable Human Order” at the India International Centre Auditorium. The speakers at this event, chaired by Prof. M.G.K. Menon, were Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, MP, Chairperson, IIC Asia Project; Dr. Vladimir I. Yakunin, Founder President World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations; and Dr. Tu Weiming, Chair, Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and Confucian Studies, Harvard University, USA; Sr. Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China.

“He was a towering figure in reconfiguring the new world order, a major public intellectual in Asia, and a source of inspiration for us all. I cherished his willingness to share his broad vision with me. I look forward to an opportunity to continue his seminal work on intercivilizational dialogue in Cultural China.” Download full speech by Dr. Tu Weiming

The event was dedicated to the memory of Jagdish Chandra Kapur (1920 – 2010) who passed away on Nov. 19, 2010. Mr. Kapur was an engineer, pioneer of solar and renewable energy, author, futurist, Founder-Chairman, Kapur Surya Foundation and Kapur Solar Farms; Publisher and Editor, World Affairs Journal; Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations.

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Prof. Tu Is to Give Keynote Address at 2011 NCLC

Prof. Tu Weiming will give a keynote speech at the 2011 National Chinese Language Conference. The conference will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Tel: 1-415-771-1400.

Professor Tu will give his speech in Plenary Session:
Date: April 15, 2011,
Time: 12:30 – 2:15 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom, Salon B, Ballroom Level

New Confucianism in a Global Age: A Conversation with Professor Tu Weiming
Professor Tu Weiming of Harvard University and Peking University is a world-renowned scholar of Confucianism and its relevance to contemporary society. He has been instrumental in developing a dialogue among civilizations, particularly between the post-Enlightenment culture of the Western world and the modern transformations of Confucian humanism in the countries of East Asia. He has called for what he terms “New Confucian Humanism” to become “a source of inspiration for human flourishing in the twenty-first century” by contributing to the development of a worldwide “culture of peace that emphasizes communication, negotiation, dialogue, and reconciliation.” Join us for an engaging and insightful conversation with one of the leading thinkers of the modern age and learn what our students need to understand about how the Confucian values that have defined East Asian civilization for millennia continue to have resonance for the contemporary world.

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Video of Prof. Tu delivered his Lecture at U of Toledo

On Feb. 16, 2011, Prof. Tu Weiming, an internationally recognized expert on Confucianism, delivered the Annual Lecture on Eastern Religious Thought at the University of Toledo. In his lecture, Prof. Tu discussed “Listening to Confucius”. To see the video, click here.

Video Run Time: 24:59

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“Confucianism & Prof Tu Weiming” on Faith Matters by WGTE

Coming Soon to Faith Matters: Confucianism & Prof. Tu Weiming

Faith Matters is a new WGTE series that explores contemporary religious issues, beliefs and practices of the great religious traditions of the world. Discussions include Religion & Violence, Religion & Consumerism, Contemporary Islam & Women.

In an upcoming episode “Confucianism & Prof. Tu Weiming“, Dr. Jeanine Diller, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Program in Religious Studies at the University of Toledo talks with Professor Tu Weiming, Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Professor of Harvard University about traditional Confucianism and the development of Confucianism in modern life.

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