Panel Discussion: Breaking Ground, Building Bridges

Join us for an important conversation on the cultural legacy and impact of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

The panel will be moderated by Nicholas Van Eyck. Panelists include Professor Andrew Lambert (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, College of Staten Island, East Asian Studies Program), Stephen L. Koss (author, Beautiful Su: A Social and Cultural History of Suzhou, China) and Dr. Pauline Lin (Senior Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University).

This program includes a tour of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and is in celebration of the Breaking Ground: Twenty Years of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden exhibition, which is on display at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art through December 29, 2019.

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C & G)
General Admission: $10.00 | Student/Senior: $8.00 | Snug Harbor Member: $5.00

Nick Van Eyck (moderator) first came to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (NYCSG) as a visitor looking to satisfy his curiosity and quickly evolved into a part-time docent. Nick obtained a degree in Linguistics, Chinese, and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM) and worked for numerous years in real estate to produce market feasibility studies and appraisals. He also spent nine months in Taiwan studying Mandarin Chinese on a government scholarship, was the President of the Chinese Club at UWM, and is a recipient of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Certificate of Excellence.

Andrew Lambert (panelist) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and received his PhD from the University of Hawai’i. He has been a visiting scholar at Peking University and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was a Mombusho Scholar at Kyoto University. His research focuses primarily on ethics and Chinese thought, particularly the relationship between conceptions of moral conduct and personal attachment. His recent publications include, “Friendship East and West: How the Confucians help us rethink the morality of friendship” and “Confucian Ethics and Care: An Amicable Split?” and “Rethinking disability through classical Daoist thought.” He has completed several translations of works in Chinese philosophy, including a full translation of contemporary Chinese intellectual Li Zehou’s book, A History Ancient Chinese Thought, published by Routledge in 2019.

The Breaking Ground exhibition is made possible by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by Suzhou Tourism. Breaking Ground events and programs are funded in part by the New York City Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative. Programming in the NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden is supported by Bank of America.