Asia @ Noon

Asia@Noon talks are held many Fridays throughout the academic year held in various rooms across North Campus. The presenter usually speaks for about 45 minutes, with time for discussion at the end of each talk. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and people from the Buffalo community are invited and encouraged to attend. If you are a scholar of Asia-related research, we invite you to contact us about speaking at Asia@Noon.


Dr. Zhongtian Han, "Institutionalization within Revolution: The Chinese Communist Party’s Radio Communications and Reconnaissance, 1936–1941"

Zhongtian Han.

Date: October 13, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Place: Park 280

Abstract: TBA

Dr. Zhongtian Han is Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Department of History, University at Buffalo. Zhongtian is a historian of modern China, specialized in the Chinese Communist revolution, science and technology, and intelligence. His work on these topics has been published in War in History. Zhongtian’s book project, Institutionalization within Revolution: The Chinese Communist Party’s Radio Communications and Reconnaissance, 1930–1953, uses Chinese, Japanese, and English-language archival sources to analyze how the Party employed radio technologies to create an institutional framework to centralize the revolutionary movement and seize intelligence advantages in military struggles. His second book project explores how the Party developed the intellectual and institutional frameworks of meteorology to build a knowledge infrastructure for the socialist state in the 1950s and 1960s.  

Before joining University at Buffalo, Zhongtian received his PhD in history from George Washington University. He was also a Hans J. Morgenthau fellow of grand strategy at the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, Zhongtian has been the instructor of record for graduate and undergraduate Asian history courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Daniel Stephens, "The Role of Attention in Early Chinese Ethics"

Dr. Daniel Stephens.

Date: Ocotber 20, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Place: Park 280

In this talk, I first show that several early Chinese thinkers take the training of both attentional control and specific habits of attention to be crucial to the process of developing one’s ethical character. After explaining these views of attention, I argue that they are largely empirically supportable. I conclude by arguing that there are important normative upshots that follow from accepting such views of attention, including the need to develop what I call “an ethics of attention”.

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