The Dartmouth Institute for Calligraphy and Manuscript Culture in China (DIC) set up its office and studio in the Imperial Library – the Siku Study at Xinchang, Pudong District, Shanghai. On August 15, 2015, Mr. Zhao Ruichun, Deputy Minister of the Publicity Department of Pudong District and Mr. Cai Baoguang, Secretary General of the China Cultural Heritage Foundation unveiled the plaque of the DIC in the opening ceremony in Pudong.
August 1, 2015, Dartmouth students visited the Forest of Stelae in Xi’an, Northwest China. Prof. Xing highlighted a Tang Dynasty Emperor’s calligraphy of the Filial Piety and had the following picture taken in front of the masterpiece.
July 28, 2015 was a day of Master Mengcan’s calligraphy for Prof. Xing. Master Mengcan, born in July 1915, is one of the most prominent Buddhist masters in China. In the morning, Prof. Xing had the honor to view the following two pieces of Master Mengcan’s calligraphy work:
Master Mengcan’s Calligraphy Done When He Was 95
Prof. Wen Xing, Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Calligraphy and Manuscript Culture in China, recently delivered two lectures on Chinese Manuscript Culture in Beijing. On June 24, 2015, Xing talked on “Chinese Manuscript Culture as Art Anthropology” at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Arts. On July 22, Xing further discussed “Two Intellectual Issues of Chinese Manuscript Culture” at the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
An English version of Mr. Zhang Fangsong’s new year poem
The excellent steed finished the jiawu (the 31st in the current calendar cycle) year with a powerful cosmic performance;
The beautiful goat brings the yiwei (the 32nd in the current calendar cycle) year to the vast expanse between heaven and earth.
In the distance, the sound of bamboo firecrackers hails the arrival of a new year;
Occasionally, early plum blossoms signal the arrival of spring.
Translated by Jonathan Krause, a recipient of the Joseph Fletche Memorial Award for Excellence in A.M. Thesis at Harvard and a medical student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine