LIU Kuo-sung (Guosong), Chaired Professor at National Taiwan Normal University
Peter F. Michelson, Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Physics Department Chair
Xiaoneng Yang, Consulting Professor, Center of East Asian Studies
From the dawn of the Space Age in the 1960s that led to the Apollo Landing on the Moon to the cosmological discoveries captured visually by space observatories and satellites, advances in our understanding of the universe have stimulated the imaginations and curiosities of people from around the globe. Beyond furthering our extraterrestrial knowledge, these scientific endeavors have led to profound cultural reverberations that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. Presented by leading physicist Professor Peter Michelson and world-renowned artist Professor Liu Kuo-sung, this lecture will discuss the cultural implications of space exploration, specifically delving into its influence on artistic creation in China and beyond. This lecture will be moderated by Professor Xiaoneng Yang.
---Liu Kuo-sung (Guosong), Chaired Professor at National Taiwan Normal University, is universally recognized as one of the earliest and most important advocates and practitioners of modernist Chinese painting. Born in Bangbu, Anhui in 1932, he later graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan Normal University in 1956. Professor Liu is one of the cofounders of Taiwan’s Fifth Moon Painting Society (Wuyue huahui). His works are collected by museums and art galleries in over 70 countries, and he has been featured in more than 100 solo exhibitions worldwide. He is the recipient of the China Arts Award and National Award for Arts in Taiwan.Peter F. Michelson is Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Physics Department Chair at Stanford University. His research is focused on observations of the Universe with the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope. He leads an international team that designed the Fermi telescope and utilizes it to observe and understand high-energy phenomena in the cosmos such as gamma-ray bursts that are thought to be generated by the births of black holes as well as diffuse emission that may contain signatures of the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the mass of the Universe.Xiaoneng Yang, Consulting Professor for the Center of East Asian Studies at Stanford University, specializes in Chinese archaeology, history of art, and material culture. He has organized international exhibitions on subjects ranging from archeological discoveries to modern art. His recent publications include The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology; New Perspectives on China’s Past; Reflections of Early China; Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future; and Hello, Shanghai.