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Archive for May, 2015

Happiness From The Perspective of Literature


The pursuit of happiness is a continuous goal that human beings have strived for in their daily life throughout history. Great philosophers have cast their wisdom to enlighten us by sharing their views toward it. In fast-paced modern life, has happiness ever knocked your door and slipped away? Where and how can we find that fulfilled feeling within, emotionally and mentally? Are we sharing the same source of hapiness? And how do the writers see happiness?
Swedish and local writers will sit together and exchange their perspectives on happiness at the Bookworm on June 13th. Sweden ranks high in the Human Development Index, and Chengdu, is well known in China for its unique environment and laid back lifestyle. How do people live in these places define and seek happiness? And as writers, how their work and life affect the state of happiness?
Confucious said that it is a great pleasure to meet up with friends from far away. The Bookworm is delighted to have the Swedish writers under its roof. A rare chance to speak to Swedish writers face to face, do not miss it, come along to enjoy a night immersed in happinese.

Performance of Traditional Chinese Instruments

Chinese Instruments May 30th  Saturday Night

7:30-8:30pm   Free Entry

A group of local Chinese students are working to showcase traditonal Han culture, both inside China and overseas. They plan many cultural exchanges between Chinese and Westerners, including a showcase for Chinese traditional music at the Bookworm this Saturday night.


The students will perform on traditional instruments like Gu Qin, Pi Pa, Zhong Ruan, Er Hu etc., some of them in traditional Han costumes. It’s a rare chance to take a break from contemporary life and get a taste of traditional China, by coming along to support the students’ efforts.


A Talk with Gabriel Finkelstein


May 19th,  Tuesday  7:30pm

Free Entry    (In English)


Gabriel Finkelstein received a B.A. in physics from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He worked at Princeton University, Göttingen University, and UCLA before coming to the University of Colorado Denver, where he is currently Associate Professor of History. He is now working on a study of the challenges that “scientific historians” presented to discipline of history during the 1860s and 1870s.

His biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818-1896), the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth-century, received an Honorable Mention for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the 2013 PROSE Awards, was shortlisted for the inaugural John Pickstone Prize (awarded every two years by the British Society for the History of Science “to the best scholarly book in the history of science”), and was named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the Best Books of 2014.

In his talk “Scientific Biography: A Booming Genre”, he will relate this topic to his book Emil du Bois-Reymond, intriducing and discussing the development of Scientific Biography.

Gabriel Finkelstein 在阿姆赫斯特学院获得物理学学士学位,普林斯顿大学获得历史博士学位。现为科罗拉多丹佛大学历史学副教授,在此之前,他先后在普林斯顿大学、德国哥廷根大学和加州大学洛杉矶分校工作。他目前在做一个课题,研究1860-1870年之间,科学历史学家们在矫正历史时提出的挑战。

Gabriel Finkelstein 撰写的传记《Emil du Bois-Reymond》, 介绍了这位19世纪最被遗忘的科学家。 此书在2013年PROSE奖中得到了科学、医学、技术等历史研究领域的醒目关注,在John Pickstone Prize中,进入最后的评选, 并被美国先进科学会评选为2014最佳图书之一。

话题“兴兴向荣的科学传记”,Gabriel Finkelstein 将结合他书中的内容,为我们揭开科学传记的丝丝缕缕。


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