Wan Ruihan, a freshman at Duke Kunshan University, describes the experience of participating in the launch of the Humanities Research Center. She writes that because of the strong pressure to study sciences in high school, “I feel that I was never able to express my love for the humanities. However, when I came to Duke Kunshan University, I was surprised to find such an emphasis on the humanities. Over two days, the university carried out a large scale official event focussed on the humanities, which would be unimaginable in a traditional [Chinese] university. All kinds of wisdom collided with each other, producing gorgeous sparks.”
An indefatigable feeling of enthusiasm pervaded the atmosphere of Duke Kunshan University over the weekend of September 15–16,as faculty and students alike geared for two days full of seminars and discussions exploring the future of humanities. The campus experienced a flurry of activity and intellectual stimulation as ideas and perspectives were exchanged among guest speakers, the faculty and the students.
Translation and Sustainability, the inaugural workshop of the Humanities Research Center took place on June 8-9, 2018 at Duke Kunshan University. The workshop brought together twelve international scholars working on issues related to translation and sustainability, with Greater Global China as the paradigm.