Haverford College, B.A. magna cum laude, 1964; elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Harvard University, M.A. 1965, Ph.D. 1973 (History and East Asian Languages).
Visiting Professor of History
Visiting Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
The University of Pennsylvania
October, 2004- June, 2008
Senior Lecturer, Teach Asia Program, The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Self-employed: full-time writer, editor, lecturer and scholar
October, 1998 – June 2012
Senior Lecturer, Teach China Program, The China Institute
125 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021
October, 1988-October, 2001 (retired)
Senior Editor, Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc., 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020-9991
November, 1987 – August, 1988
Director, The Rose and Erwin Wolfson Center for National Affairs, The New School for Social Research, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011.
December, 1984 – October, 1987
Director, The China Council (12/84 to 6/86) and Assistant Director, Department of Performances, Films & Lectures (6/86 to 10/87), The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
September, 1971 – December, 1984
Instructor (1971-73), Assistant Professor (1973-79), and Associate Professor with tenure (1979-84), Department of History, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755.
Instructor in English, Matsushita Electric Corporation National Training Center, Osaka, Japan.
Scholarly and General Interest Adult Books on Asia:
Editor, China Briefing 1985. Boulder: Westview Press, 1986.
Co-Editor (with Anthony J. Kane), China Briefing 1987. Boulder: Westview Press, 1987.
Co-author (with Joseph Needham, Lu Gwei-djen, and John H. Combridge), The Hall of Heavenly Records: Korean Astronomical Instruments and Clocks, 1380-1780. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Paperback reprint edition, Cambridge University Press, 2004. Korean edition, Seoul: Sallim Publishing Co, 2010.
Co-editor (with Norman J. Girardot), Myth and Symbol in Chinese Tradition. Boulder: Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, symposium issue of Journal of Chinese Religions, 1986.
Author, Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought: Chapters Three, Four, and Five of the Huainanzi. Albany: SUNY Press, 1993.
Co-author and co-editor (with Valerie Steele et al.), China Chic: East Meets West. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.
Co-editor and co-author (with Constance A. Cook et al.), Defining Chu: Image and Reality in Ancient China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999. Paperback reprint, 2004.
Author, Silk Road Encounters: Sourcebook. New York: The Asia Society and The Silk Road Project, 2001.
Co-author (with Geshe Yeshi Dorjee), The Three Boys and Other Buddhist Folktales from Tibet. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006. South Asian edition: New Delhi: New Age Books, 2010.
Co-translator and co-editor (with S. A. Queen, H. D. Roth, and A. Meyer), The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China, by Liu An, King of Huainan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.
Co-translator and co-editor (with S. A. Queen, H. D. Roth, and A. Meyer), The Essential Huainanzi. By Liu An, King of Huainan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. (Abridged paperback version of The Huainanzi.)
Co-author and co-translator (with Sarah A. Queen), Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn: A Complete Translation and Study of the Chunqiu Fanlu Attributed to Dong Zhongshu. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.
Co-author, with Constance A. Cook, Ancient China: A History. New York and London: Routledge, in press, 2016. Publication scheduled for August, 2016.
Co-author, with Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Metamorphic Imagery in Early Chinese Art and Religion. In preparation.
Author, Essays on the Huainanzi and Other Topics in Early Chinese Intellectual History. Albany: SUNY Press. In preparation.
Other Books for General Audiences:
Co-editor (with Katharine Washburn), The Poetical Cat [anthology of poetry about cats, jointly edited under the pseudonym Felicity Bast]. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, September, 1995. Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club Alternate Selection.
Co-author (with Clifton Fadiman), The New Lifetime Reading Plan. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate Selection.
Co-editor (with Katharine Washburn, and with Clifton Fadiman, general editor), World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. and The Book-of-the-Month Club, 1998. Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club Main Selection.
Editor, America and the World at the End of the Century. New York: New York Society for International Affairs, 1998.
Co-author (with William D. Major and David C. Major). William P. Major: A Bergenfield Life. Bergenfield, NJ: The Bergenfield Museum Society, 1999.
Co-author (with David C. Major). 100 One-Night Reads. New York: Ballantine Books, 2001. Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club Alternate Selection.
Co-editor (with David C. Major). The Future of Africa. The New York Society for International Affairs, 2003.
Co-editor (with Yeohlee Teng). Yeohlee: Work. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia: Peleus Press, 2003.
Associate Editor (with Valerie Steele et al.), Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. 3 vols. New York: Scribner’s, October 2004.
Senior Writer, The New York Times Book of Essential Knowledge. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004; new edition, 2007. (Author/editor of World History, World Languages, World Religions, History of Art, etc.)
Co-author (with David C. Major). A Huguenot on the Hackensack: David Demarest and His Legacy. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007. Winner of the 2008 Book Award of the National Huguenot Society.
Books for Young Readers:
Author, The Land and People of China. New York, Lippincott, 1989.
Author, The Land and People of Mongolia. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
Author, The Land and People of Malaysia and Brunei. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
The Chinese and The Japanese (illustrated young-adult books), “by Pamela Odijk.” Both: Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1991. Text by JSM.
Author, The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History. Illustrated by Stephen Fieser. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1995. Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate Selection.
Co-author, with Betty Belanus, Caravan to America: Living Arts of the Silk Road. Chicago: Cricket, 2002. New York Public Library: Notable Books of the Teen Age, 2002.
Co-author, with Roger V. des Forges, The Asian World, 600-1500, volume 3 of a 7-volume set, The World in Medieval and Early Modern Times, edited by Bonnie Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters:
“The Origins of the Fundamental Concepts of Chinese Science in Archaic Mythology,” Proceedings of the XIV International Congress of the History of Science, Tokyo, 1974. Vol. 3, pp. 315-318.
“The Efficacy of Uselessness: A Chuang-tzu Motif,” Philosophy East and West, July, 1975, pp. 265-279.
“A Note on Two Technical Terms in Chinese Science: wu-hsing 五行and hsiu 宿,” Early China 2, Fall, 1976, pp. 1-3.
“Reply to Richard Kunst’s Comments on Hsiu and Wu-hsing,” Early China 3, Fall, 1977, pp. 69-70.
“Myth, Cosmology, and the Origins of Chinese Science,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Winter, 1978, pp. 1-20. Revised version (in Chinese): 馬絳 [John S. Major], “Shenhua, yuchou guan yu zhongguo kexue di qiyuan 神話、宇宙觀與中國科學的起源,” in Sarah Allan and Wang Tao, eds., Zhongguo gudai siwei moshi yu yinyang wuxing shuo tanyuan 中國古代思維模式與陰陽五行說探源 (Nanjing: Jiangsu guji chubanshe 南京:江蘇古籍出版社, 1998), pp. 101-117.
“Research Priorities in the Study of Ch’u Religion, History of Religions (special issue on Chinese religions), February/May 1978, pp. 226-243.
“Toward an Inferential Method for Evaluating Public Works Projects in Pre-Modern China,” (with David C. Major), Historical Methods, Winter 1978, pp. 36-44.
“Notes on the Nomenclature of Winds and Directions in the Early Han,” T’oung Pao, LXV:1-3, 1979, pp. 66-80.
“Notes on Studies in the History of Science in the People’s Republic of China,” Chinese Science 4, 1980, pp. 61-64.
“Astrology in the Huai-nan-tzu and Some Related Texts,” Society for the Study of Chinese Religions Bulletin 8, Fall, 1980, pp. 20-31.
Editor, “Chinese Studies in the History of Astronomy,” by Xi Zezong, Isis 72, September, 1981, pp. 456-470.
Contributor, Ying-shih Yü, ed., Early Chinese History in the People’s Republic of China: Report of the Han Studies Delegation. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982.
“The Five Phases, Magic Squares, and Schematic Cosmography,” in Henry Rosemont, Jr., ed., Explorations in Early Chinese Cosmology (Proceedings of the Harvard Workshop on Classical Chinese Thought, 2; JAAR Thematic Studies, 50/2). Chico: Scholar’s Press, 1984.
“Introduction” and “New Light on the Dark Warrior,” in Girardot and Major, eds., Myth and Symbol in Chinese Tradition (1986; see above).
“The Meaning of Hsing-te 刑德,” in Charles LeBlanc and Susan Blader, eds., Chinese Ideas About Nature and Society: Studies in Honour of Derk Bodde. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 1987.
Editor, Characteristics of Mongolian Music and Dance, by Jamtsyn Badraa. New York: The Asia Society (occasional paper), 1987.
“Comments on Nivison and Pang, ‘Astronomical Evidence for the Bamboo Annals Chronology of Early Xia,'” Early China 15, 1990.
“Numerology in the Huai-Nan-Tzu,” in Kidder Smith, ed., Sagehood and Systematizing Thought in Warring States and Han China. Brunswick, Maine: Bowdoin College Asian Studies Program, 1990.
“Substance, Process, Phase: Wuxing in the Huainanzi,” in Henry Rosemont, Jr., ed., Chinese Texts and Philosophical Contexts: Essays in Honor of Angus Graham (LaSalle, IL: Open Court, 1991).
“Celestial Cycles and Mathematical Harmonics in the Huainanzi,” Extrême-Orient/Extrême-Occident, November, 1994.
“Religion: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” and “Conclusion” in Cook and Major, eds., Defining Chu (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999).
“East Asian Cosmologies,” in David deVorkin, ed., Beyond Earth: Mapping the Universe (Washington, DC: National Geographic, in association with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, 2002).
Essay on Systems of Correspondences plus boxed entries on Shiji and Huainanzi, in Enciclopedia della storia di scienza, vol. II: Scienza in Cine, India, Americhe. Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 2002.
“Animals and Animal Metaphors in Huainanzi,” Asia Major, Third series, XXI.1 (2008): 133-151.
Author (with David C. Major, Alfred Wolkomir, and Alexander von Thun), “David Demarest’s and Marie Sohier’s 1663 Sale of Property in Mannheim: A Newly-discovered Record.” die Halve Maen, Spring 2010, 3-5.
“Foreword” in Andrew Seth Meyer, The Dao of Warfare: Liu An’s Art of War. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
“Tools and Tool Metaphors in the Huainanzi and Some Related Texts,” in Michael Puett and Sarah A. Queen, eds., The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early China.” Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2014.
“Chunqiu fanlu” and “Huainanzi,” with Sarah A. Queen, in Enno Giel et al., eds., Early Chinese Texts: A BIbliographical Guide, 2nd ed. Hanover, NH: Society for the Study of Early China, Monograph Series (forthcoming).
“Chu Religion,” in Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Early China. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
David Marr, Vietnamese Anticolonialism. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (January, 1973).
Mark Elvin, The Pattern of the Chinese Past. Technology and Culture (July, 1974; with David C. Major).
Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 5, Part 2. Technology and Culture (October, 1975).
Film, “Han Tomb Find.” American Anthropologist (March, 1976).
Weldon A. Brown, Prelude to Disaster and The Last Chopper. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (December, 1976).
Ping-ti Ho, The Cradle of the East, and K. C. Chang, Early Chinese Civilization. Isis (December, 1977).
Vitaly Rubin, Individual and State in Ancient China. American Historical Review (April, 1977).
Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 5, Part 3. Isis (March, 1978).
Rolf Homann, Pai Wen P’ien. Journal of the American Oriental Society (July, 1978).
Nathan Sivin, Science and Technology in East Asia. Annals of Science (Autumn, 1978).
“Two Articles on Human Paleontology.” Early China 4 (1978-79).
Edward Schafer, Pacing the Void. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (July, 1980).
Colan Ronan and Joseph Needham, The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 1. Annals of Science (Winter, 1980).
Ch’i-yü Ch’en, Hsün Yüeh and the Mind of Late Han China. American Historical Review (February, 1981).
John Bryan Starr, Continuing the Revolution: The Political Thought of Mao. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (March, 1981).
Sarah Allan, The Heir and the Sage. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1983).
Holmes Welch and Anna Seidel, eds., Facets of Taoism. Journal of the American Oriental Society (July, 1983).
Derk Bodde, Essays on Chinese Civilization. Philosophy East and West (Spring, 1985).
Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 6, Part 2: Agriculture, by Francesca Bray. Isis (December, 1985).
Alisdair Clayre, The Heart of the Dragon. New York Times Book Review (May 26, 1985).
John Hersey, The Call. Asia: Newsletter of The Asia Society ( Fall, 1985).
Timothy Mo, Sour Sweet. Asia: Newsletter of The Asia Society ( Summer, 1986).
Roger T. Ames, The Art of Rulership: A Study in Ancient Chinese Political Thought. Philosophy East and West (April, 1988).
John B. Henderson, The Development and Decline of Chinese Cosmology. Journal of Asian Studies (May, 1988)
W. Allyn Rickett, Guanzi. Early China 13 (fall, 1988).
Cheng-yih Chen, ed., Science and Technology in Chinese Civilization. Isis 81.2 (1990).
Donald J. Munro, Images of Human Nature. Philosophy East and West 42.1 (January, 1992).
Michael Loewe, The Pride that was China. Journal of Asian Studies 49.4 (1991).
Catherine Jami, Les Méthodes rapides pour la trigonométrie et le rapport précis du circle (1774): Tradition Chinois et apport occidental en mathématiques. Isis 83.2 (1992).
Antonino Forte, Mingtang and Buddhist Utopias in the History of the Astronomical Clock. Journal of Asian Studies 51.3 (August, 1992).
Harold D. Roth, The Textual History of the Huai-Nan Tzu. CLEAR [Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews] 16 (1994).
Toby E. Huff, The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China, and the West. Isis 85.4 (1994).
Claude Larre, Isabelle Robinet, and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, trans., Les Grands traités du Huainan zi. Taoist Resources 5.1 (1994).
Silvio Bedini, The Trail of Time: Time measurement with incense in East Asia. Journal of Asian Studies 53.4 (1994).
Michael Nylan, The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung: A Translation with Commentary of the T’ai Hs n Ching and The Elemental Changes: The Ancient Chinese Companion to the I Ching: The T’ai Hs n Ching of Master Yang Hsiung. Journal of Chinese Religions (1995).
“The Secret of ‘Leakey Luck'” (review of Virginia Morrell, Ancestral Passions). Time, August 28, 1995, 60.
Martin J. Powers, Art and Political Expression in Early China. Ars Orientalis 26 (1996).
Colin A. Ronan and Joseph Needham, The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China: 5. China Review International (1996).
Sarah Queen, From Chronicle to Canon: The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn, According to Tung Chung-shu. Journal of Chinese Religions (1998).
Antonia Finnane and Anne McLaren, eds., Dress, Sex and Text in Chinese Culture. Fashion Theory 3.4 (December 1999).
Edward L. Shaughnessy, Before Confucius: Studies in the Creation of the Chinese Classics. Philosophy East and West (Spring, 2001).
Leo S. Chang and Yu Feng, The Four Political Treatises of the Yellow Emperor. Journal of Chinese Religions (2001).
Robin D. S. Yates, Five Lost Classics: Tao, Huang-Lao, and Yin-Yang in Han China. Journal of Chinese Religions (2001).
David N. Keightley, The Ancestral Landscape: Time, Space and Community in Late Shang China (ca. 1200-1045 B.C.) China Review International 9.2 (fall, 2002).
Aihe Wang, Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China. History of Religions 43.1 (August 2003.)
Mitra Kalita, Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and their Passage from India to America. The New York Times Book Review, December 14, 2003.
Nicola di Cosmo, Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History. American Historical Review (October 2003).
Sandra Niessen, Ann Marie Leshkowich, and Carla Jones, eds., Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress. Fashion Theory 7.3&4 (September 2003).
Roel Sterckx, The Animal and the Daemon in Early China. Journal of Asian Studies (February 2004).
Norman Girardot, The Victorian Translation of China: James Legge’s Oriental Pilgrimage. Religious Studies Review 30.1 (January, 2004).
Charles LeBlanc and Rémi Mathieu, Huainan zi (Philosophes taoïstes II). Asian Folklore Studies (Fall, 2004).
Christopher Breward, Fashioning London: Clothing and the Modern Metropolis. Fashion Theory 9.1 (March, 2005).
Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul. Fashion Theory 9.1 (March, 2005).
Erica Fox Brindley, Individualism in Early China. Journal of Chinese Studies, 2011.
Michael Loewe, Dong Zhongshu, a “Confucian” Heritage, and the Chunqiu fanlu, China Review International 19.2 (2014).
Anne Behnke Kinney, Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang. T’oung Pao 100 (2014).
Plus numerous signed reviews in the History Book Club Review, 1988-present.
“Kazuko Nishigaki Creates in an Ancient Tradition,” (with Dana L. Major), Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot (Journal of the Handweaver’s Guild of America), Spring, 1975, pp. 94-97.
“The Road Not Taken,” Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, April, 1977, pp. 28-30.
“There and Back Again,” Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, April, 1979, pp. 25-29.
“A Letter from Bali,” Orient Express, Fall, 1983, p. 11.
“Chinese Words” and “Japanese Words,” in Peter Davies, ed., Success With Words. (Pleasantville: Reader’s Digest Books, 1983), pp. 137-142, 374-377.
Co-author, with Valerie Steele, The Island World of Indonesia (booklet). New York: Travel Dynamics, 1984.
Co-author, with Valerie Steele, Voyage to Southeast Asia (booklet). New York: Travel Dynamics, 1984.
Preface, in Frank Ching, Hong Kong and China: For Better or for Worse. New York: The Foreign Policy Association/The Asia Society, 1985.
“Hong Kong: Past, Present, and Future,” Focus on Asian Studies, Winter, 1986, pp. 8-12.
“Asia Through a Glass Darkly: Stereotypes of Asians in Western Literature,” Focus on Asian Studies, Spring, 1986, pp. 4-8.
“Raising the Bamboo Curtain: Nixon in China,” On the Next Wave, October, 1987, pp. 13-16.
Several articles in The Encyclopedia of Asian History. New York: Scribner’s, in association with The Asia Society, 1987.
Several articles in The Encyclopedia of Religions. New York: Macmillan, 1987.
“The South-Pointing Needle,” Faces, May, 1989.
“The Meaning of Maps,” Faces, March, 1990.
Author/editor, “Nations of the World” section, The Universal Almanac 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998.
“The Paper Revolution,” Faces, September, 1994.
Essay on “Chinese Religion,” plus 23 short entries, The Harper Dictionary of Religion (HarperCollins/San Francisco, 1995).
“Chinese-American Designers: Creative Diversity,” in Michael Goedhuis, ed., China Without Borders (London: Goedhuis Contemporary, 2001), pp. 92-93.
“Wearing the Flag” (with Valerie Steele), USA Weekend, December 28-30, 2001.
“Who Was Qin Shi Huang?” Metropolitan Opera Playbill (December, 2006), p. 32.
Plus various published notes, letters, brief reviews, etc.
Conference Papers, etc.:
“Science and the Human Environment in China,” lecture and seminar series for the Institute of Chinese Science, Oberlin College, January, 1974.
“The Origin of the Fundamental Concepts of Chinese Science in Archaic Mythology,” XIV International Congress of the History of Science, Tokyo, August, 1974.
“On Historical Inference: New Analytical Techniques and the Study of Public Works in Pre-Modern China,” New England China Seminar, Harvard University, February, 1975 (with David C. Major).
Discussant, Panel on “New Approaches to Early Chinese Texts,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, March, 1976.
“Technological Maturation and the Impulse to Go Beyond,” The Ray Winfield Smith Lectures, Dartmouth College, May, 1976.
Discussant, Panel on “The Early Chou Inheritance,” Workshop on Early Chinese Thought, Harvard University, August, 1976.
Member of Symposium, “The Religious Dimensions of Chou Thought,” Workshop on Early Chinese Thought, Harvard University, August, 1976.
“The Five Phases, Magic Squares, and Schematic Cosmography,” Paper for the Workshop on Early Chinese Thought, Harvard University, August, 1976.
“New Directions in the Study of Ancient Chinese Mythology,” Lecture at the East-West Center, Honolulu, May, 1977.
“Religious Dimensions of Chou Thought,” Seminar at Haverford College, April, 1978.
Organized panel, “New Research on Recently Discovered Early Chinese Texts,” New England Regional Conference, Association for Asian Studies, New Haven, October, 1978 (chaired in my absence by Prof. Robert Henricks).
“Studies on the History of Chinese Science in the People’s Republic of China,” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Los Angeles, April, 1979.
“Snakes, Demi-Serpents, and Dragons in Ch’u Iconography and Religion,” Paper for the Workshop on Early Chinese Texts Recently Discovered at Mawangdui, Berkeley, June, 1979.
“Divination in the Wuxingzhan,” Paper for the Workshop on Early Chinese Texts Recently Discovered at Mawangdui, Berkeley, June, 1979.
“Types of Religious Expression in Ch’u Culture,” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, March, 1980.
“Astrology in the Huai-nan-tzu and Some Related Texts,” Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Francisco, April, 1980.
“The Deities of the Huai-nan-tzu,” XIV International Congress for the History of Religions, Winnipeg, August, 1980.
“Writing on the Walls of China: Public Communication in the P.R.C.,” Lecture at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, October, 1981.
“The Astronomical Chapter of the Huai-nan-tzu,” Paper for the Early China Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, February, 1982.
“Calendars of Ritual Behavior in Ancient China,” Paper for the Early China Seminar, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University, March, 1982.
“The Sun-and-Stars Time-Determining Instrument of 1437, Its Antecedents, and Its Influence on Later Astronomical Instruments,” Paper for the First International Colloquium on the History of Chinese Science, Leuven, August, 1982.
“Reform in Post-Mao China: Problems and Prospects.” Lecture for the Annual Symposium on International Affairs, Connecticut League of Women Voters, New Haven, October, 1985.
“Liu An’s Academy at Huai-nan: A Regional Intellectual Tradition?” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March, 1986.
Member of symposium, “H. G. Creel’s The Birth of China: Fifty Years After,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March, 1986.
“Filial Piety 孝 and Teaching/Learning 教 in the Doctrine of the Mean,” Paper for a symposium on the Doctrine of the Mean, Haverford College, April, 1987.
“The Literature of the Colonial Experience,” Four-part lecture series, The Asia Society, March-April, 1987.
“Astronomical Traditions in the Huainanzi,” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Association for Asian Studies, Bethlehem, PA, October, 1987.
Discussant, Panel on “Religion and Ritual Art in Shang China,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco, March, 1988.
“Joseph Conrad in Asia,” Four-part lecture series, The Asia Society, April-May, 1988.
“Numerology in the Huai-Nan-Tzu,” Paper for the New England Workshop on Classical Chinese Thought, The Breckenridge Center, Bowdoin College, Maine, May, 1989.
“The Chu Legacy in Early Han Cosmology and Religion,” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Los Angeles, March, 1993.
“Han Cosmic Mirrors: The Universe in Miniature,” Lecture at the Institute for Asian Studies, New York, April, 1993.
“Will the Real Yellow Emperor Please Stand Up?” Paper for the New England Workshop on Classical Chinese Thought, The Breckenridge Center, Bowdoin College, Maine, May, 1993.
Discussant, panel on “Humans and the Cosmos in Early Han Thought,” and discussant, panel on “Ghosts and Demons in Early China,” both at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Boston, March, 1994.
Discussant, panel on “New Approaches to Warring States Texts,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 1997.
Chair of Roundtable, “Getting the Dates Right: The Sandai Chronology Project. Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, March, 1998.
Member of Roundtable, “What is Huang-Lao?” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Early China (in conjunction with the annual meeting of the AAS), Washington, March, 1998.
Moderator of Panel, “Entrepreneurship in China,” 7th Annual Harvard Business School Asian Business Conference, Cambridge, MA, January 29, 2000.
Keynote speaker, 6th Annual NYU Stern School of Business Asian Business Conference, New York, February 5, 2000.
“From Shu to Chengdu: Shu and the Mysteries of Ancient Sichuan,” Lecture at the China Institute in America, New York, October 16, 2001.
“Holding the Universe in Your Hand: Cosmic Mirrors of the Han Dynasty,” Lecture at the China Institute in America, March 19, 2002. Repeated at Cornell University, April 18, 2005.
“An Interesting Quotation from the Book of Odes in Huainanzi Chapter 8,” Paper for the Early China Roundtable, New Hope, PA., July 26, 2003.
Chair of panel, Changing Perceptions of the Sage King in Early China,@ Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 5, 2004.
Tool Metaphors in the Huainanzi and Related Texts, Columbia University Seminar on Early China, December 3, 2005.
“Refutation and Argumentation in Huainanzi 19, ‘Cultivating Effort,’” American Oriental Society, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 12, 2008
“Tools and Tool Metaphors in the Huainanzi and Some Related Texts,” Workshop on “Liu An’s Vision of Empire: New Studies of the Huainanzi,” Harvard University, May 20, 2008.
“Performing Remonstrance: The Huainanzi‘s Fu on Profligate Indolence, Workshop on “Addressing the Autocrat: The Drama of Early Chinese Court Discourse,” University of Oklahoma, March 22, 2009.
“Reading the Mawangdui Funerary Banners,” Symposium on “The Arts of Mawangdui,” ChinaInstitute, New York, May 10, 2009.
“What are Quotations from the Odes Doing in a ‘Daoist’ Text?” Panel on the Huainanzi, Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montreal, November 8, 2009.
“Some Thoughts on Ode 243,” Workshop on The Book of Odes, New York University, September 23, 2010.
Plus more than two hundred fifty lectures to university and general public audiences, during the period 1972-2009, on such topics as Chinese religion and intellectual history, the history of East Asian science, various topics in pre-modern Chinese history, science and technology in China’s modernization, social change in post-Mao China, portrayals of Asia in Western literature, and dance and cultural change in contemporary Bali; and numerous TV and radio appearances, including NPR, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.
Selected Courses and Lecture Series
Courses taught at Dartmouth College:
Freshman seminar: Images of China
Introduction to Asia: How Most of the World Lives
History of Traditional China to 1800
History of Modern China
Intellectual History of China
Survey of Japanese History
Advanced seminars: various topics
Courses at the Heritage Hills Educational Center, Westchester County, NY:
Introduction to the Religions of Asia
Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
Arts of Japan
Arts of the Silk Route
Courses at China Institute, New York, and at The Asia Society, New York
Survey of Chinese History
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Study tour of China, Summer, 2004 (China Institute)
Study tour of China, Summer 2007 (Asia Society)
Course on-board the Queen Mary II, (Maiden Voyage, 2004)
Maritime Trade and Cultural Contact in Asia
Course taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Spring,2008
Religions of Ancient China
Courses taught as a Visiting Professor at Connecticut College, Spring, 2010
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Seminar: China in the Western Imagination
Concurrent Professional Experience and Public Service:
Faculty member, M.A. Program in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College, summer 1972, summer 1973.
Visiting Research Associate, Research Institute for Humanistic Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, 1974, 1975.
Faculty Member, M.A. Program in Humanities, New York University in Kyoto, Japan, summer, 1975.
Radio Public Affairs Talk Show Co-Host, “Vermont Public Radio Forum,” 1977-78.
Special Consultant for China Trade Affairs, Advanced Computer Techniques Corporation, New York, 1978-79.
Member, Humanities Programming Advisory Committee, Vermont Public Radio, 1979-81.
Member, Advisory Committee, NEH Youth Grant, The Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury, VT, 1979-81.
Member of Editorial Board, University of Michigan Press/Center for Chinese Studies, “Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia” series, 1979-1984.
Advisory Editor for East Asia, Isis, 1979-88.
Chairman, External Evaluating Committee, East Asian Studies Program, Lehigh University, 1982-84.
Director, Dartmouth Alumni College, 1984.
China Curriculum Consultant, Institute for Corporate Education, New York, 1986.
Organized and conducted briefings for senior personnel of NBC News in preparation for their week of broadcasting from China, 1987.
Accompanying lecturer, World Business Council Travel Seminar (Warsaw-Moscow-Irkutsk-Ulan Bator-Beijing), 1988.
P.S. 11 Parent-Teacher Association, New York: Secretary, 1991-1993; Executive Board, 1993-1994.
Parent-Chairman, Principal Search Committee, P.S. 11, December 1991-April 1992
Member of Advisory Committee, Chinese-American Writers Project, China Institute in America, New York, December 1991-January 1993.
Member, Columbia University Traditional China Seminar, 1991-2002
Member, Columbia University Early China Seminar, 2002-
Advisor, First Sino-Tibetan Joint Conference on Tibetan Affairs, Washington, D.C., October, 1992
Charter Member, The Warring States Project, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1993-
Member of editorial board, Early China, 1995-99
Member of advisory board, “Silk Routes” CD-ROM project, The Asia Society, 1997-98.
Member of nominating committee, Society for the Study of Early China, 1999.
Chairman, The TIPA Project (Toward International Peace through the Arts), 1999-
Member, Board of Directors, 144 West 27th Street Condominium Inc., 1999-
Chairman, Mellon Foundation Planning Grant Committee, China Institute Scholars and Fellows Program, 2001
Member of Editorial Board, Fashion Theory, 2001-
Charter Member, Columbia University Seminar on Early China, 2002 -; Chair, 2003-2004.
Corporate Advisor, Vfinity Corporation, 2004 –2010.
Advisory Board Member, Elementary School Chinese Curriculum project, Asia Society, 2007-
Member of Editorial Board, Lapham’s Quarterly, 2008-
Honors and Fellowships:
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1964-65
NDEA/NDFL Title VI Fellowship, 1965-68
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (Taiwan), 1968-69
American Council of Learned Societies Travel Fellowship (Japan), 1975
Visiting Fellowship, Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1981-82.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant (with H. D. Roth and Jay Sailey) 1996-1998
Foreign Residence/Travel for Professional Purposes:
Taiwan: Resident (Taichung), 9/68-8/69; several brief visits thereafter.
Japan: Resident (Kyoto), 8/69-9/71, 3/74-9/74, 6/75-12/75; numerous other brief visits.
England: Resident (Cambridge), 4/81-3/82.
Indonesia: Resident (Peliatan, Bali), 7/83-12/83; numerous other brief visits.
People’s Republic of China: numerous visits during the period 1978-2009, including as a member of the Han Studies Delegation, National Academy of Sciences (1978).
Plus extensive travels in Europe, North Africa, and throughout Asia from North Yemen to South Korea.
Association for Asian Studies
American Oriental Society
Society for the Study of Early China
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
History of Science Society
International Society for the History of Chinese Science, Technology, and Medicine
The China Institute in America
The New York Academy of Sciences
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
PEN American Center
Institute of Current World Affairs