On March 19-21, 2010 the workshops "What is Chinese Philosophy? Four Expositions on its Characteristics by Scholars from National Taiwan University" and "International Workshop on the Research of Chinese Philosophy in Japan and Taiwan: With Critical Retrospections and future Prospects" were held at Harvard, organized by HYI Visiting Scholar SATO Masayuki.
HYI's second training program, co-organized with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was launched in January 2010. The goal of the program is to encourage cutting-edge comparative research and study of grassroots society, and to promote scholarly exchange amongst academics in China, America and the world.
On December 18, 2009, HYI held its annual Holiday Party to celebrate the end of the semester and to thank those who have helped the Institute throughout the year.
Alumni of the Harvard-Yenching Institute recently held a HYI Alumni Conference in Beijing, China from October 31-November 2, 2009. This year's topic was 'Multiple Perspectives on the Meaning of Community and Citizenship'.
To welcome this academic year's new visiting scholars and fellows, HYI hosted a series of welcoming events and receptions, including a luncheon at Upstairs on the Square on September 1, a BBQ picnic behind 2 Divinity on September 4, and an opening reception at the Harvard Faculty Club on September 10.
On June 8, 2009, members of the Harvard community gathered for a reception to honor former Director Tu Weiming and to unveil his official HYI Director's Portrait, now on display in the HYI office corridor. Following the reception was a talk by William Chittick, Sachiko Murata and Tu Weiming on "Islamic Philosophy in Confucian Terms: the Sage Learning of Liu Zhi" (ca. 1670-1724).
To celebrate the end of the academic year, HYI scholars, fellows, staff and families enjoyed an outdoor springtime picnic on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
A workshop sponsored by HYI, the Department of the History of Science, and EALC, held in the Yenching Common Room on April 24, 2009
On January 23, 2009 the Harvard-Yenching Institute held its annual Lunar New Year's party at Vanserg Hall. Scholars, their families and HYI staff all gathered to celebrate the Year of the Ox.
On November 24, the Harvard-Yenching Institute held its annual Thanksgiving (Potluck) Dinner at Vanserg Building. More than 70 visiting scholars, fellows, associates and their family members in residence participated in this grand gathering of the entire HYI community. Happy Holiday Everybody!