As one of the “Four Great Masters of Tsinghua University” and a versatile genius in many fields, Prof. Yuen Ren Chao is known for having unparalleled enthusiasm and achievements in modern Chinese linguistics, along with a rare talent for music and scholarly wit. His life was like ‘a work of art’ (Mary Hass) and his research encompassed ‘a broad multi-disciplinary perspective’ (William S-Y. Wang). Professor Chao’s exemplary research and charismatic personality have influenced and continue to influence many scholars in various academic fields. To mark the 130th anniversary of Prof. Chao’s birth, the Renwen Society presents a lecture on November 5 on the great legend by Dr. Liwei Jiao, a scholar and translator of Ruen Ren Chao. Using original texts and soundtracks drawn mainly from his oral history, this lecture will showcase Prof. Chao’s extraordinary academic and personal life through much of the turbulent twentieth century.
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Yuen Ren Chao: A Rare Genius and Versatile Man of Letters
November 5 @ 8:00 pm