Lecture to Explore Religion in China

Chuang Tong Lee will deliver the Holstein Family Community Lecture at UC Riverside on Jan. 30

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Religion in China is topic of Jan. 30 lecture.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Chuang Tong Lee, a professor in the School of Philosophy and Sociology at Lanzhou University, China, will deliver the 2013 Holstein Family Community Lecture in Religious Studies – “Religion and Studying Religion in China after the Cultural Revolution” – on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. in HUB 355.

Admission to the lecture is free. Parking costs $6 and permits may be purchased at the kiosk at the entrance to the campus on West Campus Drive.

Lee will discuss how religion is regarded in what is officially still a Marxist state, and what religious trends have developed in the past decades as China has liberalized.

“The Cultural Revolution had a huge impact on China, but little is known about how it affected religion, other than warring against it. Nor is much known in the West about how universities have adapted to the revulsion at the excesses of the Cultural Revolution,” said Ivan Strenski, Holstein Family and Community Professor of Religious Studies at UCR. “Dr. Lee lived both through the Cultural Revolution as well as reactions to it in the new China.”

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages at Northwest Normal  University in China, a master’s in philosophy at  Wuhan University in China, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Among his recent research projects are Pentecostalism in Southern Gansu, Western romanticism and technologism, and W.W. Simpson in Northwest China.

In addition to Lanzhou University, Lee has taught at Northwest Normal University and East China Normal University. Among his books are “Joachim’s View of History and Philosophy of History” ( The People’s Press, ), “The Concept Changes of Contemporary Western Philosophy of Science” (High Education Press, 2006), and “On the Vicissitudes of Kuhn” (Shanghai People’s Press, 2006).

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