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May 26
Webinar / Virtual Event

Seeing Cultures: Comparative Ways of Seeing in Art, Language, and Approaches to Health

This event is free and open to the public. Register here to attend.

Join the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, in partnership with UMMA, for this online event on Wednesday, May 26, at 7pm ET featuring artworks from the museum’s collection of East Asian art. This lecture will explore how some cultures present the concept of “self” within art and how this approach has an effect on their reactions to the pandemic.

Twila Tardif, Professor of Psychology and Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Professor of Chinese Studies, will discuss her research on language development in English and Chinese and share results from a recent global study she conducted on the factors affecting social distancing behaviors during COVID-19. Professor Tardif will be joined by UMMA’s Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art, and Dave Choberka, Andrew W. Mellon Curator for University Learning and Programs to explore how very similar cultural themes are present in art and how this gives us insight into how concepts of “self” and “other” affect cultural and regional differences in public health events such as the current pandemic.