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Keynote Speakers



Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Jeffrey L. Richey is a Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Berea College. He received his doctoral degree in Cultural and Historical Study of Religions from Graduate Theological Union (cooperative program with University of California at Berkeley), and received his Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard University. Dr. Richey was the Chair of the Asian Studies Program at Berea College for many years. He is the current Francis Alexan-der McGaw Chair in Religion at Berea College. Dr. Richey’s teaching interests include classical Chinese and Japanese cultures, East Asian Philosophy and Religion, and Religion in East Asian Film and Literature. Dr. Richey’s publications include two monographs, Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism's History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam (Association for Asian Studies, 2013) and The Patheos Guide to Confucianism (Patheos Press, 2012), as well as three edited volumes: Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese Religious Culture (Routledge, 2015), The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (with Kenneth J. Hammond) (State University of New York Press, 2015), and Teaching Confucianism (Oxford University Press, 2008). Since 2002, Richey has served as the Inter-net Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s Area Editor for Chinese Philosophy.



Dr. Rebecca Bates, Chair and an Associate Professor of History, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Rebecca Bates is Chair and an Associate Professor of History at Berea College (Berea, KY). She holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky (2006). Trained as a modern British historian, her publications                           and conference presentations have addressed issues of imperial citizenship, education                           and philanthropy.



Dr. Kenneth Hammond, Professor, New Mexico State University

Ken Hammond is Professor of History at New Mexico State University, where he has taught since 1994. He received his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. His primary field of research is the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and he is currently working on a study of urban cartography in early modern China. Dr. Hammond was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, and a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 2002-03. He is the author of nu-merous articles on Chinese history, has edited three volumes of essays, most recently in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Richey on Confucianism in Contemporary China. He is the author of Pepper Mountain: the Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng 1516-1555. Dr. Hammond was president of the Society for Ming Studies in 2000-02, and editor of the journal Ming Studies from 2007-13. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Chinese History.




Dr. Robert Foster,Faculty, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Robert W. Foster received a B.A. in History from Kenyon College in Ohio, and his Master's degree in East Asian Studies (1990) and his Ph.D. in Chinese History (1997) from Harvard University. Since 1997, he has been a member of the faculty of the De-partment of History at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Dr. Foster has been a participant in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes on the Silk Road sponsored by the East-West Center in Hawaii and on Indian History and Culture in New Delhi. He has translated key Classical Chinese texts, has written on China's relation to the Silk Road, on Confucian philosophy, and on the modern use of Confucian imagery in the PRC and Japan. Dr. Foster has taken student and faculty groups to the Peoples' Republic of China and Japan, has served as Smithsonian Lecturer in China, and has led workshops on Asia with organizations as diverse as the U.S. military and secondary school educators in Kentucky.




Dr. Anthony DeBlasi,Faculty, SUNY Albany

Dr. Anthony DeBlasi is a specialist in Chinese history and has traveled extensively in China. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Dr. DeBlasi was a Fulbright Research Scholar in China in 2005. The author of Reform in the Balance: The Defense of Literary Culture in                           Mid-Tang China (SUNY Press), DeBlasi teaches a wide range of courses on Chinese                           history and culture.