University of Pittsburgh
March 4, 2002

Pitt, Chatham to Present First Wing-Tsit Chan Memorial Lecture, March 14

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March 5, 2002

PITTSBURGH—Weiming Tu, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and Confucian Studies and director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute since 1996, will present the first Wing-Tsit Chan Memorial Lecture,

7:30 p.m. March 14 in the Welker Lecture Hall on the Chatham College campus. Expected to become an annual event, the free Wing-Tsit Memorial Lecture is presented by the Asian Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham College.

Tu's presentation is titled "Embodied Knowledge in Confucian Humanism." Tu was born in Kumming, China, and educated both in Taiwan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese studies from Tunghai University, and in the United States, where he earned a master's degree in regional studies-East Asia and a Ph.D. degree in history and East Asia languages from Harvard University. Before joining Harvard as professor of Chinese history and philosophy in 1981, Tu taught Chinese intellectual history at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley. He also has lectured on Confucian humanism at the Peking University, Taiwan University, Chinese University in Hong Kong, and the University of Paris.

The author of several books, Tu also is a member of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard, the chair of Academia Sinica's advisory committee on the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This memorial lecture series honors Wing-Tsit Chan (1901-1994), the former Anna R. D. Gillespie Professor of Philosophy at Chatham College, who was an authority on Chinese philosophy and religion.

The lecture is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ASP, and Chatham College. A reception will follow.

For more information, call Michele Ferrier Heryford, 412/648-7417, or e-mail