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Culture and Arts of China: From the Neolithic Age Through the Tang Dynasty (iTunes U)

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A series of lectures in two parts (approx. 45 min. per part)
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Fall 2012. Join the Society for Asian Art as we explore the arts, culture, and history of China. Featuring prominent scholars and curators from across the globe, these lectures showcase the collection of the Asian Art Museum. The works of art help us understand early Chinese philosophies, religions, technology, trade, and the rise and fall of its great dynasties from pre-history through the end of the Tang dynasty in 906 BCE.  Lectures cover China’s linguistic, religious, ritual, and artistic structures as well as early China’s widespread economic and cultural clout. This lecture series coincides with the beginning of the second year of a three-year training program for new Museum docents.

View the lectures by pressing the "View in iTunes U" button above. The lectures in this series are as follows:

Introduction: What is China? What is Chinese?
Michael Knight, Asian Art Museum

Conquest and Consolidation: Late Shang and Western Zhou in Material Culture
Jay Xu, Asian Art Museum

From Ritual Vessels and Bells to Luxury Status Symbols: The Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods (770–221 BCE)
Colin Mackenzie, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Unification: Qin and Early Han Dynasties
Jeffrey Riegel, University of Sydney

Planning for the Living and the Dead in Han Dynasty China
Pat Berger, UC Berkeley

Foreign Relations during the Han and Three Kingdoms: The Early “Silk Road”
Stan Abe, Duke University

Introduction to Chinese Buddhism
Stan Abe, Duke University

Confucianism, Daoism: and the State Cult: Han - Six Dynasties
Suzanne Cahill, UC San Diego

A Time of Disorder: the Three Kingdoms and Six Dynasties Periods
Annette Juliano, Rutgers University

Toward a Unified State: Late Six Dynasties – Sui Dynasty
Amy McNair, University of Kansas

Early to High Tang Dynasty
De-nin Lee, Bowdoin College

The Silk Road: China’s International Impact in the Late Seventh and Eighth Centuries
Valerie Hansen, Yale University

Changing Roles: the Educated Elite and the Hereditary Aristocracy in the Late Tang
Pat Berger, UC Berkeley

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