This year is the department’s 30th anniversary! In September 1978, Professor Chuang Shen with the aid of a few supporting staff members set up the Department in a corner of the Fung Ping Shan Museum. In that first year, there were 11 students who signed up for the very first course that the Department offered. In the 30 years since then, the Department has seen many changes: the addition of new teachers, office staff, and teaching areas; the move to the Main Building; and the growth of student numbers from a handful to over 800 in 2007-2008. We feel that this is an occasion worth celebrating, and we are planning several activities throughout the academic year in honor of our anniversary. The key events are listed below. Watch this space for more details!

  • Alumni dinner on October 24, 2008
  • Professor T.J. Clark will give the annual Shih Hsio-yen Distinguished Lecture in Art History on December 3, 2008
  • Career talks for current students in February 2009 (dates and details to be announced)
  • An international conference, “Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives” will be held on June 8-9, 2009