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David Mungello, Professor of History, Baylor University

The Catholic Invasion of China, 1841-2000 is a subject that has undergone a great reevaluation during the last half-century. In the 1960s, it was viewed as nearly synonymous with the experience of Western imperialism. The physical incursion into China of thousands of religious ended with the expulsion of the missionaries in 1951, but the mental framework that gave rise to this incursion persisted throughout the twentieth century. The anti-Catholic campaign of Communist persecution and imprisonment led to spiritual growth rather than decline, a development that was completely misread by most foreign journalists and academics. Viewed from a short-term historical perspective, the Catholic invasion of nineteenth and twentieth-century China was a very negative experience –a debacle- but viewed from a long-term perspective, the invasion contributed to the transformation of a mission church into an indigenous religion. In the process, the Catholic invasion enriched Chinese culture while the Chinese church enriched Catholicism and made it more universal. The present division between the patriotic and underground Catholic churches is likely to remain unresolved until there has been some accommodation between the twin issues of the Vatican’s foreign interference in Chinese affairs and the Chinese state’s restrictions on the free practice of religion. (Mungello)

David Mungello, the grandson of Neapolitan immigrants, was raised in a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, and graduated from George Washington University where he majored in Philosophy. He came to U.C. Berkeley in 1967 to study with Prof. Joseph R. Levenson and completed his doctorate in History in 1973. He has taught at colleges in Hong Kong, New York, Iowa, Düsseldorf and, since 1994, at Baylor University, Texas. He has done post-doctoral research in Germany on an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship (1978-80) and a Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüettel fellowship (1984). In 1979, he founded the Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal. He was one of the first foreign scholars to visit the former Jesuit Xujiahui (Zikawei) library, Shanghai in 1986 and he was in Beijing and Hangzhou during the June 4th 1989 Tiananmen Square Incident. He has published eight books, including Curious Land: Jesuit Accommodation and the Origins of Sinology (1985), The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785 (2001), The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800 (4th revised edition 2013), Drowning Girls in China: Female Infanticide since 1650 (2008), and Western Queers in China: Flight to the Land of Oz (2012).

Co-presented by the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History.

BCSR is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 program of public lectures, panels, and colloquia. Scholars from across the United States will address diverse topics in religion, from Langston Hughes and African American religious traditions, to sexual liberation and secularism, to the rise of Catholicism in China in the 19th and 20th centuries. The annual Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance brings Professor Winnifred Sullivan to talk about the Supreme Court and questions of religious freedom.

The upcoming season also adds the Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion, a new series that invites scholars, professionals, and practitioners in architecture, design, film, literature, music, performance, and visual art to present their work and ideas. The Seminars offer audiences an opportunity to explore and engage with a rich and extensive body of creative work on topics in religion, past and present. Featured speakers include poet Fanny Howe, novelist Marilynne Robinson, Bay Area architectural scholar William Littmann, and visual artist Saya Woolfalk with San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum curator Jeff Durham.

All events are free and open to the public.

Berkeley Public Forum on Religion

Sex and Secularism
Janet Jakobsen, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5-7 pm

The Catholic Invasion of China, 1841-2000
David Mungello, Professor of History, Baylor University
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5-7 pm

Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth
Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, Emory University
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5-7 pm

Concerning “Goodbye, Christ”: Langston Hughes, Political Poetry, and African American Religion
Wallace Best, Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5-7 pm

Mediating Piety
Webb Keane, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-7pm

All Forum lectures take place in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance

Tolerating the Church: Exploring the US Supreme Court’s Ecclesiology
Winnifred Sullivan, Professor of Religious Studies and Law, Indiana University
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5-7 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Proving Religion: What Evidence is Relevant?
Colloquium with Winnifred Sullivan
Thursday, October 16, 4-6 pm
3401 Dwinelle Hall

Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual
Jeff Durham, Assistant Curator of Himalayan Art, Asian Art Museum
Saya Woolfalk, Visual Artist
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5-7pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

The Question of Audience
Marilynne Robinson, Novelist
Monday, November 3, 2014
Lecture: 1-3 pm; Roundtable: 5:30-7 pm
Sibley Auditorium

Blueprint for a Modern Faith: 20th-C Experiments in Bay Area Religious Architecture
William Littmann, Senior Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Visual Studies, California College of the Arts
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5-7pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Brigid of Murroe
Fanny Howe, Poet, Essayist, Novelist
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Presented with the support of the Deans of the Humanities and Social Sciences, UC Berkeley. Selected events co-presented with the Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, Center for Buddhist Studies, Department of Art Practice, Department of Gender and Women Studies, Endowed Fund for the Study of Religious Tolerance, Headlands Center for the Arts, Holloway Poetry Series, and The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.