Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas Carine Defoort: The Power of Words in Early Chinese Philosophy Wednesday, Mar 29
(7:30 p.m.)

At the invitation of the Confucius Institute and the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Carine Defoort, Professor of Sinology at the KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, editor of Contemporary Chinese Thought, and an internationally renowned scholar of Chinese thought will discuss the potential of words to influence Chinese intellectual history and affect our understanding of ancient texts.

This event is free and open to the public.

Title: The Power of Words in Early Chinese Philosophy: How to Call or Not to Call Something is the Question

Abstract: There seems to be a remarkable agreement on a variety of issues among early Chinese masters of all nominations. The condemnation of regicide and chaos, for instance, is largely shared, and so is the positive appreciation of loyalty and filial piety. Hidden under this veil of apparent agreement, there exists however an omnifarious layer of lively disagreements among and even within master-texts on what one calls, and consequently evaluates as regicide, chaos, loyalty or piety. By only looking for obvious and explicit types of disagreement, one risks to miss out on the ongoing controversies and different stances in these underlying debates. An analysis of the argumentative strategies in terms of how to call things introduces a novel approach to China‘s early philosophy, its intellectual history, and even contemporary politics. This presentation focuses upon two particularly interesing points: first, some major evolutions that have taken place in Chinese history under the cover of apparently unchanged ideology; and second, the intellectual suspension created by masters who rejected the then current understanding of a term without providing an alternative.

Biographical Sketch: Carine Defoort is Full Professor in Sinology at the KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. She studied sinology and philosophy at KU Leuven, National Taiwan University, and the University of Hawaii. Her fields of interest are, primarily, early Chinese thought and, secondarily, the modern period interpretation of that thought. Some of her research topics are the Heguanzi, the “legitimacy of Chinese philosophy,” and the Mozi. She is the editor of Contemporary Chinese Thought (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, since 1997) and corresponding editor for Europe of China Review International (Honolulu, University of Hawaii, since 1994).

Confucius Salon: Forum on Chinese Culture: Chinese Womens Status: Past and Present Saturday, Apr 1
(4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Peng Xiuyin, Visiting Scholar, Yangzhou University, China

Chinese women make up half of the Chinese population. Like women in other cultures, Chinese women’s fate has undergone tremendous upheavals in the twentieth century. This talk will review the vicissitudes of fate for Chinese women in ancient, modern, and present-day Chinese society. With a series of pictures and digital materials, the talk will cover the repression of women in ancient society, women’s liberation movements in modern times, and the impact of China’s reform and modernization upon Chinese women in the context of globalization.

Food and Tea Are Served for All Sessions.

All Are Welcome!

Alhambra Thursday, Mar 30 - Saturday, Apr 1
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

World premiere of a new play (with video),
written and directed by Fred Curchack

Two couples take a dream vacation, a journey through Spain’s art, architecture, poetry, music and dance, and the wonders and horrors of its Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Gypsy history.

ALHAMBRA is a hysterical - historical - tragical - comical - phantasmagorical – theatrical spectacle with acting, video, dance, music, rap, and visionary visual effects.

The play confronts our current global/national situation in the mirror of Spain from medieval times to now. 

UT Dallas theater professor Fred Curchack has written and performed seventy-nine original theatre pieces. His plays have received international acclaim:

“One of the Year’s Most Noteworthy Plays … imagination knows no limitations ... theatrical virtuoso.” - New York Times

“CRITICS’ CHOICE…writer, editor, director, musician, mask-maker extraordinaire" - Los Angeles Times

"Casts a spell of enchantment only Curchack could conjure. HE’S MAGIC.” - Seattle Times

"Genius ... masterpieces, all brilliantly performed ... great depth and great delicacy" - Dallas Morning News

Note: Viewer discretion advised due to mature subject matter, language, the use of strobe lights, and video of a real bull fight.

Free on Thursday.

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Chamber Singers: Songs of Love and Spring Friday, Mar 31 - Saturday, Apr 1
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Take a break from studying and join us for a romantic evening! The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and students from Advanced Voice will be performing romantic songs from the 19th and 20th centuries. The singers will open with a 19th century lieder for solo voice and choir by Schumann, Schubert and Brahms, followed by a 20th century French chanson by Debussy and Faure. The second half features modern American and British songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Billy Joel and the Beatles.

Directed by Kathryn Evans with Michael McVay, pianist.

Also... The UT Dallas Chamber Singers ensemble is looking for students who love to sing and have choral/choir experience. All students are welcome! Contact director Kathryn Evans at for more information. The UT Dallas Chamber Singers perform twice a semester on campus—including the annual Holiday Sing concert in December and the annual concert in April/May.

Singing is good for the soul and reduces stress! 

(10 a.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Kathryn Martin Beck

Graduate Program in Arts and Humanities

April 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m., JO 4.122


Title of Dissertation: 

Fort Griffin Fandangle: Three Perspectives on Performing History on the Texas Plains


Student’s Supervising Committee:

Thomas Riccio, Chair

Richard Brettell, Co-Chair

Eric Schlereth

Jessica C. Murphy

Audition to Sing the Alma Mater at Commencement Tuesday, Apr 4
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Have you always wanted to sing the Alma Mater at Commencement? Come audition!

For an audition packet and time, contact Kathryn Evans at

"The Unknown Man Ray: Anarchism, Formalism, Dada": EODIAH Workshop Talk Tuesday, Apr 4
(4 p.m.) Location: O’Donnell Institute Research Center at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Join us for an Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History workshop talk with Dr. Allan Antliff, UTD Visiting Research Fellow. Complimentary reception to follow. Please RSVP to Lauren LaRocca Visit EODIAH for more events.

Edge of Trauma and Fantasy: Aimee Young | Jessica Braccio Friday, Mar 31 - Friday, Apr 14
(9 a.m. - 10 p.m.)

Reception: Friday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., Visual Arts Building

Aimee Young’s artwork deals with fantasy—including soft sculpture and digital illustration. Jessica Braccio’s work deals with trauma—including video projection and digital paintings.

Visual Art Building hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed