Michael Puett

February 15-16, 2103: Michael Puett-- Lecture + Seminar

  • February 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Lecture "Ritual and Human Flourishing" (Peterutti Lounge; reception to follow)

  • February 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Seminar "Disjunctions, Substitutions, and Artifice: Why Ritual Matters” (Peterutti Lounge; breakfast buffet 9:30)

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History with the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Professor Puett’s books include The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China (2001); To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China (2002); and Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity (2008, co-authored with Robert Weller, Adam Seligman and Bennett Simon); he is also editor of the forthcoming Narrative, Authorship, and Historiography: Studies on Sima Qian’s Shiji (Records of the Historian) and The Production of an Early Han Text: New Perspectives on the Huainanzi, which he is co-editing with Sarah A. Queen.

Readings provided by Puett in support of his lecture and seminar are provided below.