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Anthony C. Yu of the University of Chicago will speak on “Confucianism and the Prospect of Human Rights in China” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the auditorium of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Lafayette College.

The talk, sponsored by the department of religion and supported by the Lyman Coleman Fund, is free and open to the public.

Yu is Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service professor in the humanities and professor of religion and literature in The Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

His publications include specific comparisons of Chinese and Western texts, literary and religious histories, and issues of theory and criticism. Best known for his four-volume translation of the Chinese classic The Journey to the West, he co-edited, with Mary Gerhart, Morphologies of Faith: Essays in Religion and Culture in Honor of Nathan A. Scott, Jr. He is also the author of Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in “Dream of the Red Chamber,” published last year by Princeton University Press, a study of the great 18th century Chinese novel Hongloumeng.

Yu has received several major awards and fellowships including a PEN first honorable mention prize for translation, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He is also a member of the Academica Sinica of Taiwan, the highest scholastic institution in China, where he is the first elected member in religion and the first scholar in literary criticism whose work does not focus on philology.

For more information, call 610-330-5052.

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