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Oct 15 2021

Book Talk: China’s Russian Princess, the Silent Wife of Chiang Ching-kuo

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Book Talk - China's Russian Princess, the Silent Wife of Chiang Ching-kuo

China’s Russian Princess, the Silent Wife of Chiang Ching-kuo

Speaker: Mark O’Neill
Moderator: Julian M. Stargardt
Date: 20 October 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Venue: 2/F Multi-purpose Area, Main Library, HKU
Language: English
Registration: https://lib.hku.hk/friends/reading_club/bt2021_07.html

(Limited to 100 spaces)

Publisher:          Joint Publishing of Hong Kong (香港三聯書店出版社)

About the Book

“China’s Russian Princess the Silent Wife of Chiang Ching-kuo” describes the extraordinary life of Faina Vakhreva, wife of Chiang Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek. A factory worker in the Soviet Union from a modest family, she had to adapt to life in China’s First Family: learn Mandarin: and how to be a good Chinese wife and mother. With her family, she lived through the devastation of the Sino-Japanese war, the civil war and then the move to Taiwan.

It is an inspiring story of love, heroism and determination to overcome great difficulties.

About the Author

A resident of Hong Kong, Mark O’Neill has written 12 books on Chinese and Hong Kong history and society. Seven of them have editions in Chinese and English. Please see webpage: www.mark-oneill.com

About the Moderator

A scholar, independent neutral, risk advisor, author, and former United Nations Country Head of Legal (VNSU), Mr Stargardt’s experience includes public and private sectors, IT, media and academia.

He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), a Senior Research Associate of the University of Sussex Centre for World Environmental History, a Guest Lecturer at City University’s LL.M. and J.D. programmes, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Global Studies Master’s Programme at Baptist University and a Member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel (CALC).

Mr Stargardt has been involved in ADR since the mid-1970s. His clients include major corporations and start-ups. As an independent neutral, he advises on risk, risk mitigation, global change and dispute resolution. He is active in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including mediation, arbitration, advising on, negotiating, mediating and adjudicating commercial, maritime, international, environmental, constitutional, human rights, administrative, high-net-worth family, public-private and public matters.

Mr Stargardt is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a past member of the HKIAC’s Hong Kong International Mediation Council’s executive committee (HKIMC) and the HKIAC’s mediation rules rewrite committee. He is a consultant at ADR International; past chairman of the HKIAC’s commercial mediation group, introduced the HKIAC’s commercial mediation scheme, a past member of the HKIAC’s mediation council board, and the editorial board of Asian Dispute Review, Asia’s premier ADR journal. In addition to his other work, Mr Stargardt participates in legislative drafting, geographical and historical scholarship and does pro bono work.

Mr. Stargardt’s interdisciplinary postgraduate research was on public international law, the laws of war, conflict resolution, refugee law, environmental law and the law of the sea, with interdisciplinary research on the impact of war on the environment, public health and infrastructure. He has worked in polar and  high alpine research. He has a graduate certificate in principled negotiation and mediation. His work, including pro bono work, also includes geography, history, human rights and advancing the study and practice of ADR, serving as a judge in international moot competitions such as the ICC-DoJ Mediation Moot, the YIMC Moots and the Vis East Moot, at which the Vis Foundation awarded him the coveted ‘Star Arbitrator’ Award.

Mr Stargardt researches and writes on law, history, global change, geography, trade and economics. Among other works, he is the author of ‘Citizenship’ volume 7 of Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong; and a co-author of Butterworths Hong Kong Company Law Handbook. He is the author of other books, which are currently in preparation for publication.

Admission: Free

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Oct 05 2021

Ecology in the Making (1816-present) Exhibition

Ecology in the Making (1816-present) exhibition

Ecology in the Making (1816-present)

In collaboration with Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, jointly established by EPD and HKU, the Main Library is pleased to present the Ecology in the Making (1816-present) exhibition at the 2nd Floor Exhibition Area, Ingenium, Main Library, HKU from 8th October – 10th November 2021.

Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre is bringing their acclaimed exhibition on amateur naturalists, “Ecology in the Making (1816-present)”, to the HKU Main Library. Even if you have visited their exhibitions previously at the centre or the Hong Kong Science Museum, Part III of the exhibition at HKU has new exhibits for you to explore. 

Based on research with their partnering HKU scholars, this new edition features a collection of centuries-old rare books from the HKU Libraries and animal specimens from the Hong Kong Biodiversity Museum. Additional exhibit materials are on loan from or reproduced from The Kew Gardens, London, The National Archives (United Kingdom), St. Louis School (Hong Kong), and more. 

Featured naturalists include C.J. Braine, a merchant in the 19th century whose story shines a light on the history of Lan Kwai Fong, the well-known Chinese writer Yip Ling Feng and his inspirations, Gefferoy Herklots, the first Reader of Biology in HKU, and Gloria Barretto, a civil servant and an orchid expert from Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

On top of the historical parts of the exhibition, be delighted by the centre’s well-loved section that features amateur naturalists of our time, including former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory Lam Chiu Ying, writer Human Ip, embroidery artist Sandy Lam, and more.

5 chapters, 15 stories of amateur naturalists, and over 100 exhibits…

Date: 8.10.2021 (Fri) – 10.11.2021 (Wed)

Venue: HKU Main Library 2F Exhibition Space

Details of the Exhibition

Date: 8 October – 10 November 2021

Venue: 2nd Floor Exhibition Area, Ingenium, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Time: During Main Library Opening Hours

Closed on Public Holidays

Check Main Library Summer hours before your visit: https://lib.hku.hk/general/hours/index.html

Admission: Free

For enquiries, please contact Tel: 29759031 / email: lfseec@hku.hk
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Sep 14 2021

Library Closure on the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day

Library Closure on the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day

Library Closure on the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day

21 September 2021 (Mid-Autumn Festival)

CLOSED at 5 pm.

Borrowing service available until 4:30 pm.

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22 September 2021 (The day following the Mid-Autumn Festival)

CLOSED

1 October 2021 (National Day)

CLOSED

The Main Library G/F (except e-learning lab and Joseph Needham Room), and the Yu Chun Keung Medical Library 24-hour Study Room will remain open for use by CURRENT STAFF and CURRENT STUDENTS ONLY.

For enquiries, please call 3917-2203 or 3917-2202 for Main Library, and 3917-9215 for Medical Library.

Best wishes
Flora Ng

Chief Information Officer and University Librarian

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Sep 13 2021

Painting Myanmar’s Transition Book Talk

 

Painting Myanmar’s Transition book talk a

In collaboration with Hong Kong University Press, the Libraries is pleased to present Painting Myanmar’s Transition book talk at the 2/F Multi-purpose Area, Ingenium, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong on 23 September 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Speakers: Ian Holliday and Aung Kaung Myat
Moderator: Florian Knothe
Date: 23 September 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Venue: 2/F Multi-purpose Area, Main Library, HKU
Language: English
Registration: https://lib.hku.hk/friends/reading_club/bt2021_06.html

(Limited to 100 spaces)

 

About the Book

Painting Myanmar’s Transition presents paintings by and concise companion interviews with eighty artists. Ian and Aung Kaung showcase work produced by local artists during a period of significant reform.

In the 2010s, Myanmar moved away from half a century of rigid military rule and a wave of liberalization spread across the country. Artists eagerly embraced the new freedoms and, in so doing, captured their nation at a time of considerable fluidity.

Collectively, the paintings from the 2010s and the interviews from 2020 reveal the lived experience of Myanmar’s reform years and the aspirations expressed by citizens for the future. They assume an almost elegiac quality in the aftermath of a 2021 military coup that brought the transition to a crashing halt and cast a dark cloud over society.

Placed alongside each other, the eighty paintings and the reflections of the artists who created them offer rare insights into a landmark decade in Myanmar. Together, they conjure a set of nuanced understandings of a pivotal Southeast Asian state navigating complex political change and building dreams that, in the event, were all too suddenly shattered.

 

About the Speakers 

Ian Holliday is Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at The University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (2011), co-author with Roman David of Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (2018), and co-editor with Adam Simpson and Nicholas Farrell of Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (2018).

Aung Kaung Myat is a research postgraduate student in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong.

About the Moderator

Florian Knothe is the Director of the University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery. Before joining the University, Florian was the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass overseeing the European and East Asian departments. There, he organized an exhibition on East Meets West, and afterward, lectured internationally on cross-cultural influences in art and workshop practices in Western Europe and East Asia.

 

Admission: Free

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Aug 30 2021

The University of Hong Kong Libraries First Semester 2021 Hours

The University of Hong Kong Libraries First Semester 2021 Hours

Main Library Hours first semester 2021

 

Branch Library Hours first semester 2021

Medical Library Hours first semester 2021

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Aug 26 2021

HKU Women in Science Exhibition

HKU Women in Science Exhibition Publicity

A Collaborative Photography

by

HKU WISE (Women in Science & Engineering)

and

Laura Simonsen (Photographer & Visual Arts Educator)

 

Project Goals:

 The aim of the HKU Women in Science project is to bring the women doing work across the sciences at HKU into greater visibility by showcasing the diversity of women in science as well as the range of science we all do.

Despite the trend that an increasing number of girls and women choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at the high school and University level, the number of women who stay in STEM fields declines at higher ranks. In the Faculty of Science at HKU, for example, while roughly 50% of the undergraduate students are female, less than 20% of the tenure track appointments are held by women. There are many factors which influence a woman’s decision to stay in or to leave STEM fields, which makes it a complicated problem to address. Women’s departure from the professional practice of the STEM fields is a pressing problem, however, since as multiple studies have shown that increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce also increases productivity and innovation. The loss of women in STEM, therefore, has real consequences both for the progression of individual scientists, for science itself, and for the well-being of society.

HKU Women in Science, a photography and oral history project, is the first of a series of events which aim to increase the visibility and diversity of women working across the  sciences at HKU. We hope that this exhibition will stimulate conversations about what a scientist is and does; the value of diversity for scientific research; and different ways to support girls and women as they make their way more deeply into scientific work.

In the Common Core course CCST9065 Women in Science, for example, on the first day of class students are asked to name as many female scientists as they can. The overwhelming majority of students can only name onefemale scientist. When asked to draw a scientist, the most common image is a likeness of a wild-haired Einstein in a lab coat wielding a beaker. Through portraits and photos of women actively conducting scientific research in the lab and in the field, this exhibit aims to expand our view of what a scientist looks like, to give women scientists a more prominent voice, and to demonstrate how actual science is done in different contexts.

HKU Women in Science is an ongoing project and we will continue to add images to the collection to capture more of the diversity of science across the University. If you would like to participate in the project, please contact HKU WISE at hkuwise@gmail.com – we’d love to have you join us!

About: HKU WISE

HKU Women in Science and Engineering was founded five years ago to create a supportive community to promote and support diversity and inclusion in STEM fields on campus. The overall goal of the group is to increase the participation of women in the fields of Science and Engineering. The group has three main aims: 1) to inspire female students to study and build careers in these fields, 2) to build a supportive community of female scientists and engineers on campus, and 3) to encourage the University to adopt hiring and promotion practices that increase diversity. The groups organizes events which aim to provide networking opportunities for students and faculty, increasing the visibility of women scientists and engineers on campus, and provide professional development opportunities through the organization of workshops and seminars. Together, these events encourage ongoing conversations about factors that perpetuate gender inequity in STEM subjects and best practices for increasing diversity and inclusion. In 2020, the HKU WISE Student Chapter was formed to bring this conversation and support to undergraduate students on campus. Our events are open to everyone. Ultimately we hope to inspire more women to join and stay in STEM fields and to work towards a more inclusive campus community.

About: Laura Simonsen

Laura Simonsen is a photographer and visual art educator. She has been living in Hong Kong for 15 years and has held several photography exhibitions that have raised awareness and support for several NGO’s in Hong Kong. Laura’s work encourages dialogues about social minority groups, subcultures and powerful personal journeys. She wants to create an impact with her photos and hopes to open the minds of her audience. She has the ability to capture narratives showing honest personalities through a lens. Laura sees photography as a powerful tool that can encourage acceptance, raise awareness and instigate change.

www.laurasimonsen.com

“Women in Science has been an ongoing project for the past 2 years, with long gaps in between each photo shoot. I am so proud that we kept the vision alive during challenging times. I also believe this is only the start and the project will be ongoing with several phases and possibilities that will evolve in the future into a much larger celebration of ‘Women in Science’.  For this project, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and shoot only in analogue using Kodak Portra 800 film. I love the colour and grainy aesthetic. I like to take risks and I believe when you become too comfortable, it is very important to challenge yourself to keep evolving as an artist. My previous projects and exhibitions are all shot using a digital camera. This experience has allowed me to value the simplicity of shooting in film and having to really think about each photograph instead of having the luxury of seeing your photograph straight away, and being able to delete or edit. It’s a very different approach and for me it has been more challenging. The most rewarding part of this project has been meeting individually each scientist and listening to their stories and their passion for what they do. Science and academia is also out of my comfort zone and I have loved entering the fascinating worlds and minds of each woman rising above the challenge of being a ‘Woman in Science.” – Laura Simonsen

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Jul 26 2021

FROM BYGONE AGES Online Exhibition & Slideshow

Bygone Ages online Exhibition

URL: https://www.bygoneages.hku.hk

From Bygone ages introduction

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Jul 21 2021

Temporary closure 4/F New Wing/Old Wing Main Library – 26 July – 31 August 2021

Published by at 11:45 am under Breaking News

Temporary closure 4/F Main Library

Temporary closure – 4/F, New Wing/Old Wing, Main Library

26 July – 31 August 2021

The 4/F New Wing and Old Wing will be closed for Air Handling Unit and dehumidifier replacement. There will be no access to the 4/F for library patrons due to lack of air conditioning, noise, and safety concerns.

If you wish to access the 4/F collection, please submit your book retrieval request to us with this e-form, https://lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/check_form/BRR-form

For enquires, please call 3917-2202 or contact libcir@hku.hk

Apologies for the inconvenience caused

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Jul 20 2021

100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America Exhibition

100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in America exhibition

100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America Exhibition

In collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, the Main Library is pleased to present 100thAnniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America exhibition at the 2nd Floor Exhibition Area, Ingenium, Main Library, HKU from 26th July – 27th August 2021.

2020 was the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America.  Curated and created locally, the exhibition on “100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in America” tells the lives of eight notable suffragists in the movement: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Daisy Lampkin, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott.  Beginning in the mid-19th century, successive generations of women’s suffrage supporters worked tirelessly to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change in the Constitution – guaranteeing women the right to vote.  By spotlighting these eight figures who played key roles in the struggle for women’s suffrage, this exhibition celebrates the countless women who fought for greater equality.  Along with text panels, artwork, a timeline display, and period dress costumes and accessories, this exhibition offers an immersive experience for visitors.1

To complement the exhibition, the Libraries has arranged a display of books from its collection on women’s suffrage.  Please come and discover more about this inspiring exhibition and the history it shares.

Details of the Exhibition

Date: 26 July – 27 August 2021

Venue: 2nd Floor Exhibition Area, Ingenium, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Time: During Main Library Opening Hours

Closed on Public Holidays

Check Main Library Summer hours before your visit: https://lib.hku.hk/general/hours/index.html

Admission: Free

For enquiries, please contact Tel: 2859 8903 / email: friends@lib.hku.hk.

HKUL Website: https://lib.hku.hk/

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1U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

 

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Jul 14 2021

Temporary closure 1/F Special Collections Microfilm Room

Temporary closure  Special Collections Microfilm Room

Replacement of Dehumidifiers for Microfilm Room of 1/F Main Library

Microfilm Room of 1/F Main Library

22 Jul 2021 (Thursday) 09:00a.m. to 23 Jul 2021 (Friday) 06:00p.m.

Estates Office Notice

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