"Life from the Sky: Eco-Genealogy and Cosmographic Epics from Southwest China and Beyond"
Come to celebrate Mark Bender's promotion to full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences! Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and CFS Associate, Bender is a leading scholar of the oral traditions and minority literatures of western China.
The epic poem, the Book of Origins, is a major ritual text of the Nuosu (Yi) people of Southwest China. This lecture will discuss the epic and other traditions which meld distinct features of the local environment with human experience.
A reception will accompany the lecture. Free and open to the public.