The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) supports interaction across division and interdisciplinary lines for the benefit of its faculty and students. CEAS is also committed to fostering academic and programming partnerships with domestic and international institutions. In doing so, we host and sponsor public events that reflect our mission in supporting the rigorous study of East Asia by fostering public programming to enhance the understanding of China, Japan, and Korea. From lectures to workshops, conferences, film series, cultural events, performing arts, K-16 outreach, and other programs, CEAS-sponsored events are free, open to the public, and mainly take place on the Hyde Park campus.
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In addition to organizing and implementing individual programs each year that serve to galvanize the interests and augment research of our faculty and students, CEAS proudly presents a number of annual events including the Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture Series. Since 2016, CEAS has facilitated expanded programming by introducing its annual CEAS Lecture Series, co-sponsored by The University of Chicago Library and East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks, a collaboration with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
TETSUO NAJITA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES IN JAPANESE STUDIES
Launched in 2007 by the CEAS Committee on Japanese Studies, the Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture Series honors the legacy of Tetsuo Najita, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and his contribution to the university during his long career. Previous esteemed speakers include Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe, Professor Emeritus of Osaka University and historian, Nobukuni Koyasu; and renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Click to view more.
CEAS LECTURE SERIES
An initiative that advances the mission of CEAS in fostering dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration, the CEAS Lecture Series presents eminent scholars who concentrate on the study of East Asia in a variety of disciplines. Co-sponsored with The University of Chicago Library, this series provides students, faculty, and members of the community an opportunity to interact with academics who are at the forefront of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies in the United States and abroad. Invited speakers present a topic that focuses on their latest research and draws upon their expertise and knowledge in their field. The lecture series aims to foster scholarly discourse and exchange among the East Asian studies community on campus and beyond. Click to view more.
EAST ASIA BY THE BOOK! CEAS AUTHOR TALKS
In collaboration with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia. Click to view more.
EAST ASIA-RELATED COUNCIL ON ADVANCED STUDIES GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOPS
CEAS also collaborates with a variety of East Asia-related graduate student workshops run through the University's Council on Advanced Studies (CAS) to sponsor guest speakers. CAS Graduate Student Workshops are interdisciplinary workshops that bring together students and faculty in the Divinity School, Humanities Division, and the Social Sciences Division for ongoing and collaborative exchange of ideas around particular areas of interest. By providing graduate students with a forum for presenting their research and writing, the workshops have become an important part of the UChicago graduate education experience. Workshops facilitate the dissertation-writing process and create opportunities for professionalization as they encourage students to engage rigorously with their own and their fellow students’ work through discussion, debate, evaluation, and critical feedback. Click to view more.