Inaugural Lecture of Professor Jeffrey Riegel

The Sydney University Arts Association and the School of Languages and Cultures
invite you to the Inaugural Lecture of

Professor Jeffrey Riegel
Head of the School of Languages and Cultures

Yuan Mei (1716-1798)
and a
Different “Elegant Gathering”

on Thursday 25 September 2008

5:30 for 6:00 to 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre N395
Woolley Building, Science Road
The University of Sydney

In his Inaugural Lecture, Professor Jeffrey Riegel, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, will explore the relationship between the famous eighteenth-century Chinese poet Yuan Mei and his female disciples. Yuan Mei’s meetings with them – a source of scandal at the time – are captured in a painting, now kept in the Shanghai Museum, the significance of which will be examined in the lecture.

Prior to his appointment at Sydney, most of Jeffrey Riegel’s 30-year academic career was spent at the University of California, Berkeley. He retired from the position of Agassiz Professor of Chinese in 2007. He travels frequently to China and has long been committed to helping bring about a greater understanding of China. As Head of the School of Languages and Cultures he has broadened this commitment by stressing the need for Australians to recognise the importance of learning languages other than English and of gaining deeper familiarity with cultures outside the Anglo-American sphere.

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