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TU Weiming

TU Weiming
TU Weiming


Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies, Harvard University




Tu Weiming, is the Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies at Harvard University. He was born in 1940 in Kunming, China, and earned his B.A. degree in Chinese studies from Tunghai University, Taiwan. In 1963 he received his M.A. degree in regional studies, East Asia, and in 1968 he received his Ph.D. Both degrees are from Harvard University. He has taught at Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, and for more than 20 years has been teaching at Harvard.


Active in many public bodies, he has served as chairman of the Committee on the Study of Religion and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He also served as the Director of Culture and Communication at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 1990-91. Since 1995, he has been the chair of the Academia Sinica's advisory committee on the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988. He was the Chien Mu lecturer in 1988 and the Walun lecturer in 2001, both at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2001, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to serve on the Group of Eminent Persons for the Dialogue Among Civilizations.

Professor Tu regularly attends the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, as an invited scholar. He also continues to moderate the Executive Seminar Asia for business executives, government officials, and non-profit leaders held annually at the Aspen Institute. He is a board member of the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore. He received honorary professorships at Zhejiang University, Tsinghua University, and Grand Valley State University; and has also held visiting professorships at Peking University, Nankai University, Nanjing University and Zhongshan University.


In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate alma mater Tunghai University in Taiwan. He has also continued to serve on the Committee of 100, the Triglav Circle, and the World Wisdom Council. From 1996 to 2008 he was the Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.


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