NECCT 4 Program and Registration

The Program for the 4th Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought is now available; see below. Attendance is free and open via preregistration. Presenters and panel chairs are already pre-registered for this conference. However, anyone else who would like to attend the conference, the dinner Saturday night, and receive meal tickets for lunch on Saturday and Sunday should email BOTH Tom Radice ( and Xiaomei Yang ( no later than Friday, October 16, 2015.

2015 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought
Southern Connecticut State University
Adanti Student Center (ASC) Ballroom (3rd floor)
November 7-8, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

8:30am: Coffee/tea/juice and light breakfast available (ASC Ballroom)


9:00-10:30am Panel 1: Confucian Virtues (Confucian Moral Psychology)

Chair: Mick Hunter (Yale University)

Speaker 1: Mathew Foust (Central Connecticut State University), “Atonement in the Analects”

Speaker 2: Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY-Baruch College), “Experimental philosophy and Chinese philosophy—exploring some connections”

Speaker 3: Thorian Harris (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “Moral perfection as the counterfeit of virtue”


Coffee break: 10:30-10:50am


10:50am-12:00pm Panel 2: Early Confucianism

Chair: Steve Angle (Wesleyan University)

Speaker 1: Ben Huff (Randolph-Macon College), “Conceptions of the highest good in early Confucianism”

Speaker 2: Dobin Choi (SUNY-Buffalo), “3 steps of extension: Mengzi 1A7 revisited”


12:00pm -1:30pm Lunch Break (Buffet at ConnHall on campus with meal tickets)


1:30-2:30pm: Panel 3: Mencius

Chair: Manyul Im (University of Bridgeport)

Speaker 1: Taeko Brooks (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), “After human nature”

Speaker 2: Bruce Brooks (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), “Mencius and Lau Dan”


2:40-3:40pm Panel 4: Moral Cultivation

Chair: Qiong Wang (SUNY-Oneonta)

Speaker 1: Kyle Smith (Grand Canyon University), “Christian moral development: Mengzi and Lewis compared”

Speaker 2: Eirik Lang Harris (City University of Hong Kong), “Moral cultivation and the student’s dilemma”


Coffee Break: 3:40-4:00pm


4:00-5:00pm Panel 5: Neo-Confucianism

Chair: Ellen Neskar (Sarah Lawrence College)

Speaker 1: Michael Harrington (Duquesne University), “Dispassion and self-reversion in the Cheng Brothers”

Speaker 2: Ari Borrell (Modern Language Association International Bibliography), “When Zhuxi studied Zen”


5:00-5:30pm Business meeting

6:00-8:00pm Dinner for speakers and pre-registered attendees (Clarion Hotel & Suites 2260 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT, Tel: 203-288-3831)


Sunday, November 8, 2015

8:30am: Coffee/tea/juice and light breakfast available (ASC Ballroom)


9-10:00am Panel 6: Zhuangzi

Chair: Xiaomei Yang (Southern Connecticut State University)

Speaker 1: Asia Guzowska (University of Warsaw, University of Chicago), “What to make of the utmost man: the status of fantasy in the Zhuangzi”

Speaker 2: Tim Connolly (East Stroudsburg University), “Zhuangzi, pluralism, and the committed life”


Coffee break: 10:00 -10:15am


10:15-11:15am Panel 7: Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Tom Radice (Southern Connecticut State University)

Speaker 1: Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, City University of New York), “Li Zehou’s aesthetic theory”

Speaker 2: Theresa Lee (University of Guelph), “Madness, civilization and Confucian rationality”


11:15am-12:15pm Panel 8: Contemporary Chinese philosophy

Chair: Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY-Baruch College)

Speaker 1: Josh Mason (West Chester University of Pennsylvania), “Metaphor use and cultural diversity”

Speaker 2: Bin Song (Boston University), “A misguided form of holism and ultimate concern: the reinstitutionalization of contemporary Confucianism”


Lunch break: 12:20-2:00pm (Buffet at ConnHall with meal tickets)

2:00pm: End


The Conference Organizers are grateful for the generous support of:

  • East Asian Studies, Yale University
  • East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
  • Minority Recruitment and Retention, SCSU
  • Faculty Development, SCSU
  • Department of History, SCSU
  • Department of Philosophy, SCSU


4 replies on “NECCT 4 Program and Registration”

    • Hi Paul — I think it was a real success. Tom and Xiaomei did a spectacular job of organization; everything went off without a hitch. Lots of interesting presentations and discussion!

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