Screening and Discussion of Emmy-Winning Film Journey of the Universe

Sunday, September 10, 2023

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium. Light refreshments will be served to facilitate meaningful conversations.

Event Time


5:30 pm-6:00 pm

Showing of Journey of the Universe

6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Opening Comments by Dr. Tucker

7:00 pm-7:15 pm

Panel Discussion

7:15 pm-8:00 pm


8:00 pm-8:30 pm


Yale Center Beijing
36th Floor Tower B of IFC Building 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District, Beijing (Yong'anli Subway Station, Exit C)


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Ticket:RMB 60 for Yale alumni and participants of past Yale Center Beijing programs; RMB 80 for regular admission.

Walk-ins will not be accepted.



The language of the event will be English.

Note: Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The Event

On September 10, Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University will share her Emmy Award-winning film Journey of the Universe and moderate a discussion with Chinese scholars about how the cosmological and ecological perspective in Journey of the Universe is compatible with the Confucian cosmology of the unity of Heaven, Earth, and human.

The discussion will show how sustainability issues are enhanced when joined to the humanities and environmental ethics. An interdisciplinary synthesis of science, policy, and traditional cultural values deepens China's promotion of an ecological civilization. 




Mary Evelyn Tucker

Co-director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker received her PhD at Columbia University under the Confucian scholar Wm Theodore de Bary. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She has taught for 17 years at Yale University and co-directs the Yale Forum for Religion and Ecology, which examines cultural and religious values for broadened environmental ethics.

She is the co-author of Journey of the Universe with Brian Thomas Swimme and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning film with John Grim. She has published several books on Confucianism including The Philosophy of Qi. She also co-edited Confucianism and Ecology and two volumes with Tu Weiming on Confucian Spirituality.



Xinzhong Yao 

Professor of Ethics, the School of Philosophy, Renmin University

Xinzhong Yao is Professor of Ethics, and formerly the Dean of the School of Philosophy at Renmin University of China in Beijing. He was also formerly Professor and Director of the King's China Institute at King's College London. Prior to this appointment, Professor Yao was Professor of Religion and Ethics at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and a senior research fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford. In 1998, in recognition of his work promoting Confucianism in the UK, he was made honorary President of the Confucian Academy in Hong Kong.

Yao has published books and articles on the subject of Confucianism, including comparative studies with Christianity. He is the author and editor of the 2-volume Encyclopedia of Confucianism and co-edited with Tu Weiming the 4-volume Confucian Studies—Critical Concepts in Asian Philosophy


Feng Lu

Professor and researcher, Center for Eco-civilization, Tsinghua University

Feng Lu is a professor and researcher at the Center for Eco-civilization at Tsinghua University (TUEC). He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of St. Andrews, and Utrecht University. His interests include the philosophy of science and technology, ecological cultures and ecological civilization, and naturalism and the relationship between philosophy and the way of life.

He has published multiple books, including The Home of Human BeingsEnjoyment and Existence: Living Styles of Modern People and Environment Protection, and Human, Environment and Nature.


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