Judith Farquhar, (PhD, UChicago 1986) Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College and Department Chair, researches traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China.
Rising and Resting: Everyday life and ancient philosophy in Beijing
Many Beijing residents live carefully crafted lives through techniques of “nurturing life” (yangsheng 养生). They speak in common sense terms about long life, health and well-being. But in these familiar attitudes toward bodies pleasures, aging and socializing anthropologists hear echoes of ancient philosophy.
(The second Harper Series lecture was by Robert Z. Aliber on November 16. His talk was entitled “Currency and Trade War: Separating the Facts from the Rhetoric“.)