On Speculation: A Seminar with Ranjana Khanna

by Sinan Farooqui

Facedown in the sand. The waves crashing relentlessly. The red t-shirt. Small, lifeless. Most of us are familiar with the image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year old Syrian child whose body washed up in Turkey after the refugee boat he was in capsized. The unforgettable image of Aylan on the beach resulted in a record number of donations to charitable organizations aiding refugees and greater awareness for the crisis at hand. It is this crisis, the notion of death and speculation, and the value of such images which was discussed in the latest in the series of colloquia hosted by the DKU Humanities Research Center. Continue reading “On Speculation: A Seminar with Ranjana Khanna”

India-China Talk Series: April 11-12, 2019

An Indian Town’s Entry into World War II: Ramgarh as the Chinese Expeditionary Force Training Center, Italian PoW Camp, and Indian Nationalist Movement Hub

CAO Yin, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Thursday April 11, 5.30pm-6.45pm in AB1079

India-China Discourse: The Knowledge Gap

Tansen Sen, Director, Center for Global Asia, and Professor, NYU-Shanghai

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Imran Khan: Carving a Creative Pathway in the Corporate World

By Hajra Farooqui

College students around the world constantly face an enormous dilemma: How does one choose a field of study that guarantees sustained intellectual stimulation, is applicable to the daily functioning of the real world, can offer financial support and can keep our indecisive moving selves rationally happy in the long term? The truth is, this is not an easy question, and is one with many answers. To help students think through these questions the Humanities Research Center joined with Duke Kunshan Careers Services to invite Imran Khan to present at the Humanities Career Forum. Continue reading “Imran Khan: Carving a Creative Pathway in the Corporate World”

当历史的车轮碾过 ——听“论《百年孤独》中体现的男子气概 ”讲座有感

By Mozhu Zhang

一部著作,讲述了七代人的生命旅程,记录了一个家族的沉浮兴衰,再现了拉丁美洲的社会历史图景。加西亚·马尔克斯的《百年孤独》从第一次与读者见面到现在以近半个世纪,不论是其魔幻现实主义的写作手法,还是复杂的家族人物网与传奇故事,都曾被无数学者反复揣摩和品读。然而,对《百年孤独》这座巨大“宝库”的探寻之旅仍没有结束,现就职于北京大学及柏林自由大学的Caio Yurgel教授向我们分享了他对书中体现出的男子气概的解读。 Continue reading “当历史的车轮碾过 ——听“论《百年孤独》中体现的男子气概 ”讲座有感”

Caio Yurgel: the Representation of Masculinity in García Márquez

By Sinan Farooqui

In this age of MeToo movements and greater awareness of women oppression and the restriction of their basic rights, it is often prudent to look back upon the literary works that may have upheld the traditional ideas of masculinity, resulting in the formation of such a machismo culture.

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与David Grinspoon探讨太空生物学

By Elva Yu

DKU Humanities Research Center 的 Petal Lab 一直在给让人文和科技牵线搭桥,初进入时,我只知这里可以研究深刻有趣的伦理道德问题。后来才渐悟 James Miller 教授所言:“这世界的伦理问题光靠人文学科的思索是不能解决的,我们要把那些科学家‘拉下水’,让他们直面自己的研究背后所蕴含的人类意义”

1月21号,Petal Lab 邀请了David Grinspoon来学校开展讲座,题为“太空生物学:人类在地球和地球之外的角色”。讲座后,这位科学家和DKU的一些教授以及Petal Lab全体师生在晚餐间继续碰撞思想的火花。

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A Discussion with Daniel Seng on Artifical Intelligence and Law

Daniel Seng is Associate Professor of Law at the School of Computing, at the National University of Singapore. He graduate from Stanford University’s doctorak program in Empirical Sciences and the Law (JSD). His areas of expertise are intellectual property, information technology, law, machine learning, NLP and quantitative legal analysis. Continue reading “A Discussion with Daniel Seng on Artifical Intelligence and Law”

Fito Segrera: Redefining the Boundaries Between Art and Artificial Intelligence

By Anisha Joshi

In a world where a deep fear of incumbent malice and malevolence runs within the hearts of most who have pondered the rapid pace of development in artificial intelligence, Fito Segrera sees a possibility for an exceedingly more positive future with benevolent AI. With a practical sense of optimism, he has considered a future with AI that might guide our way to better decision-making, ultimately resulting in an ending that doesn’t result in the destruction of humanity with the rise of AI. Continue reading “Fito Segrera: Redefining the Boundaries Between Art and Artificial Intelligence”