In addition to department and student-organized workshops, the Center for the Art of East Asia invites scholars and artists who may be visiting Chicago to lecture in the Art History department. These introduce the work of specialists and provide opportunities for students to meet and discuss with them. Members of the Steering Committee are also invited to speak for special events on campus and beyond, in the form of conferences, online or in-person lectures and symposia.

Past Lectures

Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion in Beijing Zhihua Temple

1/13/2022 Lecture: Art of the Buddhist World Series hosted by The Courtauld

Link to "In the Case of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion in Beijing Zhihua Temple"

Speaker: Wei-Cheng Lin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Chicago


In the Name of Art - Destruction and Reconstruction

10/16/2021 Lecture : Keynote for the University of Chicago’s Annual Humanities Day

Link to "In the Name of Art - Destruction and Reconstruction"

Speaker: Wu Hung , Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and the College, Adjunct Curator of the Smart Museum of Art


Digitizing East Asian Art: International Mediations and Collaborations

3/17/2021 Lecture

Speakers: Wu Hung, Wei-Cheng Lin and Katherine Tsiang

Presented in the UChicago Harper Lecture Series, this lecture introduced CAEA’s digital imaging projects and websites, including the East Asian Scroll Paintings website, the Chinese Buddhist Cave Temple projects at Xiangtangshan and Tianlongshan, and the resulting expansion into a broader new initiative, the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitization Project (DCADP), funded by the Cyrus Tang Foundation.