On Monday, 2012.06.04, Prof. Tu Weiming visited Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey where he gave a lecture on “Alliance of Civilizations in the Perspective of Confucian Thought.” A YouTube post with the recording of this lecture is accessible below.
On Saturday, October 8, 2011, the 41st Soka University and 27th Soka Women’s College graduation ceremony was held at the Ikeda Auditorium. Student representatives and their guardians, faculty members, administration staff, and donors attended the event. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held in March this year, but was delayed due to the giant earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
In conjunction with the graduation ceremony, Soka University presented an honorary doctorate to Tu Weiming, Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Harvard University’s Asia Center and Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and founding Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Professor Tu then delivered a commemorative lecture on Confucianism and the significance of what it means to be human.
Prof. Fred Dallmayr and Prof. Tu Weiming found time in the evening of June 10th, 2011 away from a conference organized by Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen ) in Vienna, Austria. They decided to follow up on their previous dialogue (see the video “Dialogue: Fred Dallmayr and Tu Weiming 2009-11-18″ below). This time their dialogue was on prerequisite conditions for a successful dialogue. Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy Peking University. He is also Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University.
On June 11th, 2011, Prof. Tu Weiming and Prof. Charles M. Taylor held a dialogue at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna, Austria.
Prof. Charles Taylor is a philosopher best known for his contributions in political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and the history of philosophy. His contributions to these fields have earned him both the prestigious Kyoto Prize and the Templeton Prize. Prof. Taylor is currently a Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Canada and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Austria.
Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He is also a Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University. Prof. Tu has been instrumental in developing dialogues among civilizations, Cultural China, reflections on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West and multiple modernities. He is currently researching the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.
Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote presentation entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age” can be viewed here. Note that you can also download the original to your computer, so you can share with the members of your community. It is large, about 600MB, and you will need reliable internet connection to download it. You can do it from here (look for “Download this video” in the “About this video” box).
In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011, the participants of National Chinese Language Conference gathered in the Grand Ballroom at San Francisco Hilton Hotel for Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote address entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age.”
Prof. Tu was introduced to the audience by Madam Vishakha Desai, the President of Asia Society. In his address, Prof. Tu Weiming discussed the challenges that Confucianism faces in the contemporary world. He has called for “New Confucian Humanism” to become “a source of inspiration for human flourishing in the twenty-first century” by contributing to the development of a worldwide “culture of peace that emphasizes communication, negotiation, dialogue, and reconciliation.”
Audience responded to Prof. Tu’s insightful and inspiring speech with great enthusiasm. Following his keynote address, Prof. Tu continued with a conversation with Madam Desai; he also answered questions from the audience members.
“Language teachers are ambassadors of the cultures,” said Prof. Tu to educators in the packed grand ballroom.
Western Michigan University News Report
by Margaret von Steinen
April 7, 2011
Harvard’s Dr. Tu Weiming will present “An Interreligious Perspective on Confucian Humanism,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Fetzer Center’s Putney Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.
Tu is chair professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University and Distinguished Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He will present Confucianism as a spiritual humanism that seeks to integrate self, community, nature, and Heaven into a coherent ecumenical vision for human flourishing. He believes Confucian humanism in the 21st century can play a significant role as a mediating theory and practice in the dialogue among world religions.
The lecture will be sponsored by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations reports:
On March 12, 2011 Kapur Surya Foundation and India International Centre convened the commemorative event “The Vision and Legacy of J.C. Kapur: Quest for an Equitable Human Order” at the India International Centre Auditorium. The speakers at this event, chaired by Prof. M.G.K. Menon, were Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, MP, Chairperson, IIC Asia Project; Dr. Vladimir I. Yakunin, Founder President World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations; and Dr. Tu Weiming, Chair, Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and Confucian Studies, Harvard University, USA; Sr. Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China.
“He was a towering figure in reconfiguring the new world order, a major public intellectual in Asia, and a source of inspiration for us all. I cherished his willingness to share his broad vision with me. I look forward to an opportunity to continue his seminal work on intercivilizational dialogue in Cultural China.” Download full speech by Dr. Tu Weiming
The event was dedicated to the memory of Jagdish Chandra Kapur (1920 – 2010) who passed away on Nov. 19, 2010. Mr. Kapur was an engineer, pioneer of solar and renewable energy, author, futurist, Founder-Chairman, Kapur Surya Foundation and Kapur Solar Farms; Publisher and Editor, World Affairs Journal; Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations.
World Philosophy Day is annually observed on the third Thursday of November to honor philosophical reflections around the world. It is a day for people to share thoughts, openly explore and discuss new ideas and inspire public debate or discussion on society’s challenges.
World Philosophy Day 2011 is on Thursday, November 17, 2011.