Presenter Bios and Abstracts:
Shana BROWN focuses on 19th- and 20th-century China, in particular intellectual and cultural history. A Fulbright scholar, she has degrees from Amherst College and the University of California, Berkeley, and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Dr. Brown researches Chinese politics and visual culture, collecting practices, and gender. Publications include Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (University of Hawaii, 2011); “Chinese Women as Collectors and Bibliophiles at the Turn-of-the-Century,” in Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950, (Ashgate, 2009); and “Sha Fei, the Jin-Cha-Ji Pictorial, and the Ideology of Chinese Wartime Photojournalism,” in Visual Culture in Wartime China (Institute of East Asian Studies, 2012).
Peter D. HERSHOCK is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and Education Specialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. In addition to designing and conducting faculty- and institutional-development programs aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies, he has been engaged in international efforts to rethink the relationship among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his main research work has focused on using Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on contemporary issues of global concern. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007); Educations and their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures (edited, 2008); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); and Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015).
Stanley Murashige is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught since 1993. In 2005-2006, he received the SAIC’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of Chinese Art from the University of Chicago. Professor Murashige’s research and teaching concentrate on philosophical aspects of Chinese and Japanese art, in a quest for resources in the past that offer interesting answers for questions we have today. His goal is to uncover narratives that challenge patterns and habits of thinking. Since 2003, he has been regularly involved as a presenter in East West Center Asian Studies Development Program workshops and institutes, and has directed 3 ASDP summer institute programs. An important part of this work has been taking students to Asia, which he has been doing annually since 2000. He has contributed an essay, "Philosophy and the Arts in China" to the Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, edited by Antonio S. Cua, and his article, "Rhythm, Order, Change and Nature in Guo Xi's Early Spring," was published in Monumenta Serica.