Ed Shaughnessy: The University of Chicago and the Archaeological Discovery of Ancient China

6:30–9:00 pm


It is often said that archaeology has revolutionized the modern study of ancient China. From the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty to the silk manuscripts of Mawangdui, archaeological discoveries require that history be rewritten. Scholars at the University of Chicago have played a prominent role for the past 75-plus years in that rewriting. Since the establishment of its East Asian Studies program in 1936, UChicago has been known for investigations of the cultural history of ancient China. The tradition continues today, as the University has recently made several high-profile appointments in the fields of archaeology and the traditional culture of China.

Ed Shaughnessy (夏含夷) is the Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in Early Chinese Studies, Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, and Director of the Creel Center for Chinese Paleography. In this talk at the Center in Beijing, Shaughnessy delved into the history of UChicago’s East Asian Studies program and describe recent developments in the field at one of the leading ancient China studies institutions in the United States.

Ian Solomon, Vice-President for Global Engagement at the University of Chicago, introduced Ed Shaughnessy and made brief remarks about the University’s global centers, new partnerships and initiatives, future plans in India, and opportunities for alumni and friends of UChicago to be involved.

(Photos by Yuxuan Li)