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The Glories of the Han Dynasty

October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesdays, October 18, 6:30–8:00PM
Speaker’s Name: 1) Yu Renqiu 2) Michael Nylan 3)Susan Beningson 4) Lillian Tseng 5) Valerie Hansen
Event Fee: Individual Tickets: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members; Full Series:$40 Members/$60 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Just fifteen years after Qin Shi Huang united seven warring states to establish China’s first imperial dynasty, instability following the emperor’s death led to the founding of a new dynasty known as the Han (206 BCE – 220 CE). For most of the next four hundred years, the Han Dynasty presided over a golden age of economic prosperity where the empire expanded, trade flourished, and culture thrived. These formational years, played an important role in the development of China’s imperial bureaucracy and the growth of Confucianism which have had a lasting impact on all of the dynasties that followed.

“The Glories of the Han Dynasty” is a 5-week lecture series exploring the culture of the Han Dynasty through its history, literature, economy, politics, scholarship, and visual arts. Each lecture will be delivered by a prominent scholar covering a crucial aspect of Han Dynasty civilization, including the growth of the Silk Road, the role of Confucianism, and the writing of Sima Qian’s Records of the Grand Historian. The topics will elaborate and expand upon many of the themes touched upon by China Institute’s exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.

The lecture series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30–8:00PM
Valerie Hansen, Professor of History, Yale University
– The Silk Road During the Han Dynasty

Traditional Chinese historians have typically dated the earliest Chinese participation in the Silk Road trade to Zhang Qian’s trip to Central Asia in the 130s and 120s BCE. How does this claim stand up in light of archaeological evidence?

This lecture series is produced in conjunction with China Institute’s exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.

Please Register Online. For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138 


October 18, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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