Second Annual Non-Western Culture Week (April 11 to 23, 2006)
Creightonian Reports on Non-Western Culture Week
"Seeking Peace: Poetic and Political Visions of the Asian World"
Chinese poet Luye and visiting political scientist Dae-Sook Suh will help the Creighton community experience Asian cultures during Creighton’s second annual Non-Western Cultural Event this April 11 through 24. Two weeks of photography exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, translation activities, and film nights will explore the theme of “Seeking Peace: Poetic and Political Visions of the Asian World.” Dr. Dae-Sook Suh’s research in comparative politics of Asia includes a focus on issues of reunification, particularly in Korea. Poet Luye was recently ranked first among Chinese younger poets by the Chinese Writers Association.
Above: Visiting scholars Dr. Dae-Sook Suh (left) and poet Luye (right)
Asian traditions emphasize the harmony and unity of all things. “Seeking Peace” will dramatize that unity by putting the poetic and political visions in dialogue with each other. Events are aimed at deepening understanding of both daily life and political issues in the Asian world, with particular emphasis on peace, security, and reunification in China and Korea. All events are free and open to the public.
Visiting poet Luye will participate in a two-week residency on the Creighton campus, during which time she will visit creative writing classes and work with Creighton students on the translation of several of her poems. Luye has been working with poet Susan Aizenberg, Associate Professor of English at Creighton, to translate one another’s poems into English and Chinese respectively.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Non-Western Culture Committee, with support from the Department of English and the Justice and Peace Studies Program. Organizers are Mary Helen Stefaniak and Susan Aizenberg from the Department of English, and Maorong Jiang from the Departments of Political Science and History.
Schedule of Activities
- Skutt Student Center: Two-week long displays of translated Chinese, Korean and Japanese poems and photos
Tuesday, April 18:
- 12:30pm, Union Pacific Room: Brown bagger, discussion by Fr. Dennis Hamm, S.J.: “The Catholic Vision of Peace.”
- 2:00 - 3:15pm, HLS 366: Poet Luye visits Dr. Brent Spencer's Creative Writing class. Other discussion leaders: Profs. Susan Aizenberg, Jinmei Yuan.
- 6:00 - 8:30pm, RL L02: Creighton Martial Arts Club’s Chinese movie evening & showing of The House of Flying Daggers. Q & A session to follow. (Poet Luye will join in this discussion).
Wednesday, April 19:
- 12:30pm, Union Pacific Room: Lecture by Profs. Lei-Da Chen & Maorong Jiang, “Regional Economic Integration & Peaceful Evolution in Asia.”
- 3:30 - 4:20pm, HC 315: Poet Luye will visit Susan Aizenberg’s Poetic Forms class (ENG 302).
- 6:00 - 8:00pm, UL L02: CU Asian Students Association showing of Tug of War, A Story of Taiwan including discussion by Prof. Maorong Jiang & Kai-Hong Mao.
- 6:00 - 8:00pm, Hitchcock Bldg Room 108: Luye visits Mary Helen Stefaniak’s creative writing class (ENG 300).
Thursday, April 20:
- 4:00pm, Union Pacific Room: Keynote Presentation (click for flyer) - Poet Luye and Dr. Dae-Sook Suh will join each other in a “talk-show-style” dialogue to explore the relationship between poetic and political visions of peace in China, in Korea, and here in the U.S.
Friday, April 21:
- 12:30 - 1:30pm, Spillane Reading Room, Administration Building 430: Dr. Suh will give a Brown Bag lecture entitled “Conflict and Peace in the Korean Peninsula”
Monday, April 24
- 3:30 - 4:20pm, HC 315: Luye visits Prof. Aizenberg’s Poetic Forms class (ENG 302).
- 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., SC 209: Luye does a public poetry reading.