This international symposium brings together scholars, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, and publishers to discuss the impact of art on public discourse.
How can art become a lingua franca that speaks to people from different parts of the world? What are the risks and rewards for cross-cultural translation, adaptation, and appreciation?
Drawing from the strengths of Oberlin College as a liberal arts institution, this symposium explores how the study of literature, art, music, and science can prepare students to become globally engaged citizens.
The symposium opens with the Chinese Independent Documentary Film Series: Oral History, Memory and Advocacy for Social Change. Four films will be shown followed by a discussion with the directors.
Join us for the third film in the series:
Investigating my Father (2016, 80 minutes)
Directed by Wu Wenguang
The synopsis is: "My father was a landowner’s son and an ex-Kuomintang Air Force pilot, who remained in mainland China after 1949. For survival, he tried to transform himself from a man of the ‘old society’ to a man of the ‘new society.’ As his son, I started investigating his history before 1949, which he had kept away from me. This film documents the process of my investigation over 20 years."