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“Ancient Chinese Philosophy,” with Justin Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University and scholar of ancient China and the Silk Road.
Tuesday, February 5th ushers in the Chinese New Year. Why not put yourself in the right mindset with a Profs and Pints talk on ancient Chinese philosophers, who left an enduring legacy still with us today?
Your guide to understanding these leading thinkers will be Justin Jacobs, who previously left Profs and Pints audiences spellbound with his talks on the Silk Road and “the real Indiana Jones.”
He’ll introduce some of the most important thinkers from ancient China—including Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Xunzi, Zhuangzi, and Han Feizi—and he’ll discuss how they tried to change the world they lived in. He’ll examine what they had to say about the meaning of life, the role of the state, the importance of civilization, relationships among people, and how to gain and maintain power.
His talk also will cover one of the most violent and innovative periods in Chinese history—the Warring States era of 475–221 B.C.—and how its conclusion ushered in the age of empires in East Asia.
You’ll enter the Year of the Pig with the insights of a great professor, starting it off right.
Do you love to learn? Would you enjoy hearing scholars discuss fascinating topics in a setting where you can ask questions and be around people who share your interests? Profs and Pints is here for you!
Profs and Pints brings college faculty members into bars, cafés, company offices, and other off-campus venues to share their knowledge. They speak on subjects of broad interest, including local history, their region’s environment, emerging trends in business or politics, and the ideas and innovations transforming our society and culture. In addition, Profs and Pints instructors offer practical instruction that improves lives. They can teach skills such as how to write persuasively, plant a garden, tend to mind and body, or plan for retirement.
Profs and Pints offers you all of this without asking that you apply for admission, pay steep tuition, or worry about quizzes or grades. At most, you might need to buy a modestly priced ticket to get in the door. Depending on where the event is staged, you may be able to order tasty beers, delicious meals, or hot espresso to go with all of that knowledge you’ll take in.
You won’t earn college credits but you’ll leave knowing more.
Learning with Profs and Pints: It’s a bright idea.