A renowned professor, scholar, and ethnomusicologist, Rulan Chao (later Rulan Chao Pian) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where at the time her father, the eminent linguist and composer Yuen Ren Chao, was a professor at Harvard. She spent most of her childhood in various cities in China as well as in Paris, returning to the U.S. at age 16. Pian started teaching Chinese at Harvard in 1947, providing language foundation for the early generation of American Sinologists. She received a Ph.D. from the university in 1960 with a dissertation on Song Dynasty Music, and, in 1974, was named tenured Professor in East Asian Languages and in Music, one of the first women to attain the professorial rank and the very first Chinese American woman professor at Harvard. To mark the centennial anniversary of the birth of Prof. Rulan Chao Pian, the Renwen Society presents a lecture on July 30 by Dr. Bell Yung, Professor Emeritus of Music of the University of Pittsburgh and a former student of Prof. Rulan Chao Pian at Harvard. Dr. Yung will relate his mentor’s extraordinary life and work as well as their personal friendship.

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Date: 07/30/2022

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost: Free

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