The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies sponsored the final talk and luncheon in the conference, "Korean Confucianism in the Global Context: In Honor of Tu Weiming's Contributions" in partnership with the Department of Religious Studies, the Korean Studies Center, and the Center for Global Affairs. This talk, held on June 6, 2010, featured Dr. Weiming in addition to Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. To watch their presentations, see the video clips at the bottom of the page.
Tu Weiming, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies at Harvard University, was born in Kunming, China in 1940. He received his B.A. in Chinese Studies at Tunghai University (Taiwan), M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. He has taught at Princeton University and University of California at Berkeley. Since 1981, he has been on the Harvard faculty. He was the director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute from 1997 through 2008. He is a member of the "Group of Eminent Persons" invited by Kofi Annan to facilitate the Dialogue Among Civilizations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published six books in English and four in Chinese. His five-volume collection of works was published in China in 2001. He is the recipient of three honorary degrees and three honorary professorships. He is on the editorial board of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Philosophy East and West. His research interests are Confucian humanism, Chinese intellectual history, philosophies of China, and Asian and comparative religious thought.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, and an internationally renowned Islamic philosopher and scholar of the Islamic intellectual tradition. With degrees from MIT and Harvard, he taught for many years at Tehran University, before coming the U.S. He has lectured throughout the world, and has addressed many prominent academic and international venues, including the United Nations. He is the author of over 50 books and 500 articles on Islamic thought, comparative religion and philosophy, the philosophy of art, and the philosophical and religious dimension of the environmental crisis. His many publications include: The Heart of Islam, The History of Islamic Philosophy, Knowledge and the Sacred, Science and Civilization in Islam, Islamic Art and Spirituality, Traditional Islam in the Modern World, and Religion and the Order of Nature.