We sponsor or cosponsored the following 5 conferences in China for 2011
- Media Forum on Ecological civilization and Second Enlightenment, June 5, 2011, Beijing.
60 persons including 30 media persons attended this event. Former Consul Ye Xiangdong, now official of Department of Science and Technology Department of China, Prof. Yuehou Qu, translator of Process Theology, Prof. Xiaoting Liu also participated in this forum. Sheri Liao, Philip Clayton, Meijun Fan, and Zhihe Wang respectively addressed talks at this forum. Our partner, Sheri Liao and her Global Village of Beijing cosponsored this forum.
2. Conference on Sustainable Country Construction, Wuxi, Chongqing, June 23
This conference was taken place in Wuxi County, Chongqing, where our partner Sheri Liao has been building eco-villages, “Leho Villages.” she called, means Happy and Harmony Villages. Liao regards her Leho villages as the local model of constructive postmodernism.
30 persons participated in this conference and visited three model villages. Xiangdong Zheng, head of the Wuxi County, Guy Alitto, history professor of Chicago University, Sheri Liao, Peishu Liao, son of Shuming Liang, a pioneer of Country construction in China, Zhihe Wang, Danke Li, History professor of Fairfield University, respectively deliver talks.
3. 5th Whitehead Wisdom Education Conference, Beijing, August 6, 2011
This is our annual conference on process education. The theme of this year’s meeting focuses on Process Education and Children Philosophy”. Around 100 process thinkers, educators, preschool teachers and directors attended this meeting.Bob Mesle, Barbara Mesle, Xiaoting Liu, Yuehou Qu, Zhihe Wang, Lizhi Wang,
Liying Liao delivered speeches. Guangming Daily and Modern Education Daily sent their reporters to this meeting.
The following is a piece from Barbara Mesle’s report on this conference.
We were honored to hear many impressive Chinese educators speak at the Whitehead Education conference.
The discussions reminded all of us that Whitehead’s system is an open system, a system that not only embraces Chinese thinking but is enriched by it. In many ways traditional Chinese philosophy is inherently organic and relational. It reminds us that we are all free and responsible—responsible to do what is in our power to create the best world we can for the children—for all the children. How could I not want the best for those children who gave me handmade caterpillars and sweet kisses? They reminded us that our task it create open occasions and to increase novel possibilities. We all discussed practical ways that Whitehead’s thinking can help teachers. It unites science and the humanities and shows that nature includes values and beauty as well as facts. This thinking helps teachers create lesson plans that are holistic. When we thought about ideas like “too much harmony can be boring,” but “too much intensity can be overwhelming,” we were challenged to think of pragmatic applications for teaching children. Bob Mesle reminded the conference, “The person you are matters. What you do matters. “
Many of the teachers I met inspired me—they are the kind of teacher the children turn to with their tales and their tears, as well as for their lessons in my discipline. Perhaps the origin of Whitehead’s philosophy began from his wonder at the world—this idea is one we must pass on to all the children.
4. Conference on Postmodern Philosophy and Ecological Civilization, Tianjin, August 7-8, 2011
This is first conference on this topic in China.
The goal of the conference is to call the postmodern thinkers’ attention to the pressing ecological issues. Some 50 persons attended this two days conference.
Bob Mesle delivered a keynote speech titled “CHILDREN IN A BURNING HOUSE The Challenge for China of Building an Ecological Civilization.” It was a very arresting Talk and very well received by the audience. A short version of this paper was published In Mei’s Culture Communication; a longer version was translated and will be published in Journal Wuhan University of Technology.
Other speakers include Weilie Jia, Vice-president of Beijing Eco-Civilization Academy, Xiaoting Liu, Professor of Beijing Normal University, Fubin Yang, Dean of School of Law and Politics of International Culture Studies University, Shigang Feng, Dean of Humanities, Hebei Industry University, Yuehou Qu, Lizhi Wang, Zhihe Wang, and Genlong Meng, and Bangxian Zhou, a translator of Process and Reality.
At the end of the conference, Dean Shigang Feng claimed to build his school a first class information center for postmodern philosophy.
5. Conference themed Youyu Spirit and Ecological Agriculture, September 17-19, 2011.
Working together with our Shanxi Center, Youyu County and Shanxi Philosophy Society, This conference tended to explore new development model for country in China.
50 participants from 20 universities and organizations attended this conference.
Clifford Cobb, John Ikerd, Gaoming Jiang, a leading researcher at Chinese Academy of Science, Ruijin Qiao, Director of Shanxi Process Center respectively delivered plenary speeches.
After the academic session, the participants visited Youyu County which is regarded a model county. It has been gone green in the past 60 years regardless it changes 13 term leaders.