Journey of the Universe is an award-winning one hour documentary film and education project produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from Yale University. Uniting cosmology, astronomy, astrobiology and evolutionary theory, It narrates the story of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day in a visual, poetic and evocative manner. The film seeks to give the viewer a sense of wonder at the cosmic history that has enabled life on earth to develop, and a sense of responsibility toward all forms of life in the face of environmental devastation and climate change. The film will be shown in the IB auditorium on Thursday October 10, starting at 7pm, and there will be a Q and A with the film-makers afterwards.
Preceding the film will be the first world-premiere mass participation artproject at DKU. Designed by student researchers in the Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (PETAL) of the Humanities Research Center, and led by DKU sophomores Rudy Lu and Ryan Trombly, the art work will trace seven stages of the story of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present day, in the form of the constellation of the Big Dipper mapped out on the inner campus of DKU.
For this art project to occur, we need approximately two hundred DKU students, with their phone or other flashlights to process through the campus of DKU from the Student Residence Hall, via the Water Pavilion and the Conference Center to the Innovation Building. The phone-light procession will symbolize the unity of the DKU community with the guiding presence of the Big Dipper and with the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution that have brought us together to this place. The art project will be filmed by eight cameras and a drone that will capture the formation of the Big Dipper constellation on the DKU campus.
The Big Dipper, known in Chinese as the seven stars of the northern dipper (Beidou qixing 北斗七星) has great significance in Chinese culture and science. Beidou points towards Polaris, the northern point around which the heavens were thought to rotate. In Chinese mythology, the personification of the dipper is known as Doumu 斗姆, or Mother of the Dipper, an important goddess in Daoist religion. In modern China, Beidou is the name of the Chinese GPS system that was the life’s work of former DKU Chancellor Liu Jingnan. Through history, culture, mythology and science Beidou continues to provide orientation and meaning for human beings within a universe of immense possibility.
To participate in the art project, register online, and bring your phone or other flashlight to the student residence halls at 615pm on Thursday, October 10.
During the second weekend of the fall semester, DKU welcomed its first drawing workshop and it turned out to be a huge leap towards the growth of Arts and Humanities o n our campus. The Spanish visual artist Edén Barrena is invited to instruct this three-days’ drawing workshop. She is fully experienced in interpreting the world around us and able to transmit the message she perceived to the audiences through various media forms. This drawing workshop aimes to help students do their research profile by integrating the creative practice. Through working with Edén , students were given abundant chances to explore arts and themselves and they start to develope a new spectrum for communication: talking through arts. Continue reading “Drawing Workshop With Edén Barrena”
The Humanities Research Center (HRC) is soliciting proposals from faculty interested in hosting a humanities lab. Each lab will receive funding of up to $20,000 per year, to fund activities relevant to the lab’s theme. The labs will start in January 2020. Each lab will initially be funded for one year, with a possible renewal for a second or third year. Continue reading “Call for Proposals: Humanities Labs at Duke Kunshan University”
Edén Barrena is a Spanish visual artist based in Shanghai who has exhibited her work internationally. Join her in a drawing workshop aimed at integrating creative practice to your research profile. The workshop will include tips on accessing the archive, interpreting your research into a visual medium, and critique from an experienced artist.
The Humanities Research Center will host a Humanities Career Forum on Friday 20 September from 12-1pm in the Water Pavilion the campus of Duke Kunshan University. The guest of honor will be Mr. Andrew Sohn, who majored in English at Columbia University before embarking on a career in investment banking, and then founding his own company, Due West Education. Continue reading “Humanities Career Forum Presents Andrew Sohn”
The following papers by faculty at Duke Kunshan University, New York University, Shanghai, and Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou will be presented at the Fall Conference The Future of the Humanities at Duke Kunshan University, September 20-21, 2019. Continue reading “Future of the Humanities: Faculty Papers”