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James Benn: Buddhism, Tea, and Material Culture in Premodern China @ SSMS 2135
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm

This lecture by James Benn (McMaster University) looks at the surviving artistic, material, and literary evidence for Buddhist involvement in the promotion of tea drinking and the invention of a Chinese tea culture in premodern times. Some of the questions it looks to answer include…

  • What was the connection between religious practice, beverage consumption and aesthetics in Tang and Song-dynasty China?
  • In what ways did Buddhist institutions, individuals, and ideologies help to create meaning around a relatively new beverage?
  • How can historians of religion and culture make sense of modes of consumption in the past?

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“The Environment: Issues and Strategies in China and the U.S.” – 中美环境保护:问题与策略 @ McCune Room (HSSB 6020)
Apr 15 – Apr 17 all-day

An International Conference Organized by

U.C. Santa Barbara Confucius Institute 聖塔芭芭拉加州大學孔子学院

Co-Sponsored by
UCSB Bren School of Environmental Sciences & Management
& College of Letters & Sciences

April 15, 2016:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

April 16, 2016:  9:00 am to 12 noon

 McCune Hall, 6th floor, Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg. (HSSB)
El Colegio Road, U.C. Santa Barbara campus

Keynote Addresses by:

  • Prof. Jianguo (“Jack”) Liu
    Director, Center for Systems Integration & Sustainability, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability; Distinguished Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University
  • Prof. Dale Jamieson
    Founding Director of Environmental Studies & Animal Studies, Professor of Environmental Ethics, New York University
  • Conference panels on environmental issues in China & the U.S.
  • Papers presented by natural scientists, social scientists, media studies & humanities scholars, and political economists with six scientists and scholars visiting from China.


Test of Chinese As a Foreign Language (TOCFL) 2016 @ HSSB 2252
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education Division of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in LA is conducting a Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL). TOCFL is a standardized test to measure the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers from different language and culture backgrounds. This test is developed by the Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Hua Yu (SC-TOP). Tests have listening and reading sections.

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Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2016 @ HSSB 2252
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Testing Dates:

April 28, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)
May 26, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)

Remember to fill-out and bring the information sheet found here on the Japanese Language Program Website!

2016 International Conference on Taiwan Studies @ HSSB 6020 (McCune Conference Room)
May 10 – May 11 all-day

2016 International Conference on Taiwan Studies:

East Asian Colonial Cultures and Modern Societies in Comparative Perspectives

Int_Conf_on_Taiwan_Studies_FinalAbout the Talk

To promote the study of Taiwan’s literature, history, society, and culture from a comparative perspective and via interdisciplinary approaches, the Center for Taiwan Studies will convene an international conference to be held at UCSB on May 10–11, 2016. The theme of the 2016 International Conference on Taiwan Studies will be: “East Asian Colonial Cultures and Modern Societies in Comparative Perspectives” (東亞殖民地文化與現代社會的比較視野).

Organized by:

The Center for Taiwan Studies / The Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowment, UCSB

Co-sponsored by:

The Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica, the Education Division at the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los Angeles; and the College of Letters and Sciences, UCSB.

For more information, please contact Angela Borda.