Santa Fe News
St. John’s College presents Celebrated Poet and Translator David Hinton
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2013
Contact: Gabe Gomez
SANTA FE--On Friday, September 13, poet, essayist, and translator David Hinton presents “Another Universe: Ancient China, Mind, and Landscape.” Drawing on his new book, Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape, Hinton explains how the ancient Chinese picture of the cosmos is fundamentally different from the picture that has dominated our Western tradition, and has produced the distinctive form of Chinese culture. However distant this culture may seem, it feels remarkably contemporary in our secular and scientific age. In this picture, the cosmos is a living and harmonious whole, constantly self-generating—and, so, female in nature—and humans are an integral part of that whole. With its focus on the interweaving of consciousness and landscape, this worldview is what we now call “deep ecology.”
The lecture will include a slide presentation and readings of poetry and essays from Hunger Mountain. Hinton is the first translator in over a century to translate the four seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy: Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, and Mencius. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Translation Award from the PEN American Center. Hinton is St. John’s College’s inaugural Rohrbach Lecturer.
For more information on Mr. Hinton's work, please visit http://www.davidhinton.net