4/14 FREE EVENT 3-5 P.M. @ U.C. Berkeley: New Perspectives in Dunhuang Studies

Uncovered in 1900, the Dunhuang Library, left untouched for over 1000 years, contains writings in 17 languages (some of which are now extinct) on the teachings of the Buddha. The caves are the embodiment of the transition of Buddhist thought into China and East Asia. In this regard, its discovery has created an entire academic discipline of its own.

Give2Asia has been working with The Dunhuang Academy since 2007 as it works to continue researching, preserving, and promoting access to the Mogao Grottos in Dunhuang, Gansu. The Academy has developed into a worldwide influential museum of cultural heritage, a center for conservation and research of the Dunhuang grottoes, and a base for Dunhuang Studies. The grottoes continue to be a major tourist attraction and a site for international academic study.
Event Schedule:

3: 00 Opening remarks
Patricia Berger, Professor, History of Art Department, U.C. Berkeley

3:05 Current Status and Emerging Developments in the Preservation of the Dunhuang Grottoes
Xudong Wang, Deputy Director, Dunhuang Academy

3:40 New Paleographic Approaches to the Tibetan Manuscripts from Dunhuang 
Jacob Dalton, Associate Professor and Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professor of
Tibetan Buddhism, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, U.C. Berkeley

4:00 Dunhuang and the Silk Road
Yuanlin Zhang, Research Fellow, Dunhuang Academy

4:20 Sogdians in China: Further Reflections
Albert Dien, Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University

4:40 Discussion 
Peter Zhou, Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, U.C. Berkeley
Patricia Berger, Professor, History of Art Department, U.C. Berkeley

5:00 Reception

For more information about this free event, please contact:  art_history@berkeley.edu, 510-643-7290