Join us for the formal launch of Silk Roads Winston-Salem, featuring a catered reception and a lecture.
5:00-6:15 pm Reception
featuring wine and cuisine inspired by the Silk Roads. Scales Fine Arts Theatre Lobby (Lower Wing)
6:30-7:30 pm Lecture by Dr. Sharon Kinoshita
“Marco Polo and the Global Middle Ages”
Scales Fine Arts A102
Silk Roads Winston-Salem advances our understanding of global cross-cultural exchange as it relates to the historic Silk Roads through a program of themed events at Wake Forest University. Silk Roads Winston-Salem brings together contributions from across academic disciplines to hold a variety of lectures, panels, workshops, performances, and exhibitions from spring 2017 through spring 2019. These events culminate in an interdisciplinary symposium March 28-30, 2019. In addition to advancing our knowledge of the Silk Roads, the symposium will contribute to the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of Winston-Salem and the Piedmont community. Wake Forest University will host scholars, artists, writers, and performers from around the world. Most events are open to the public to showcase the cultural legacy of the Silks Roads. In the spirit of the ancient Silk Roads, these opportunities will be made more accessible—more connected—through collaboration with community partners.
Sharon Kinoshita is Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz and co-director of UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies. One of the most innovative and influential scholars currently working in the field of Mediterranean Studies, Dr. Kinoshita combines a deep grounding in the canonical texts of Old French literature with the most recent critical approaches to the Mediterranean from both literary and historical perspectives. Among her many important contributions to the field, her new translation of Marco Polo's Description of the World is part of a larger project in which she encourages readers to see it not as a Western travel narrative or unique encounter with difference, but as a literary artifact of the “Global Middle Ages.”
Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Humanities Institute, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Provost’s Grant for Academic Excellence.
Wednesday, September 20 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Scales Fine Arts Center, Theatre Lobby & A102
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106