Seton Hall University

China Studies, Catholicism and East-West Dialogue: A Symposium in Memory of Seton Hall University Professor John Ching-Hsiung Wu  

Dr. John Ching Hsiung WuThe Department of Catholic Studies, along with the Asian Studies Program, at Seton Hall University are proud to present a two-day symposium to commemorate the life and work of scholar Dr. John Ching Hsiung Wu.

The two-day symposium will be held on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Beck Rooms of the Walsh Library at Seton Hall University in memory of Dr. John Ching Hsiung Wu, a prominent Chinese jurist and writer whose specialization was Christian spirituality, literature and jurisprudence. He is most noted for his examination on the work of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and his contribution as lead author of the Chinese Constitution of 1946. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wu served as an adviser to the Chinese delegation at the United Nations Conference in San Francisco in 1945 and as Nationalist Ambassador from China to the Vatican, 1947-49. In 1957, Dr. Wu was appointed judge of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague by the President of the Nationalist Chinese Government, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

About the Event

The Symposium will host many speakers, including, Dr. Wu's son, John Wu, Jr. National and International scholars will present their latest research and findings, and exhibits and archival materials from the University Archives, Walsh Library and Seton Hall Law School will also be part of the symposium.

This tribute to Dr. Wu also marks the 65th anniversary of the inauguration of the Far-Eastern Institute at Seton Hall University and the varied connections between the Asian continent and the University. The Institute of Far Eastern Studies was founded in the midst of the Korean War (1950-53), when the United States began to realize the growing need to know more about Asia. On October 29, 1951, Monsignor John L. McNulty, then president of Seton Hall University, hosted a historic luncheon; the guests included prominent representatives of several Asian nations, including the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. He took the occasion to announce the University's establishment of an Institute of Far Eastern Studies and its mission to promote understanding and better relationships between people in Asia and America.

The symposium is open to the pubic and is free (donations are welcome) but you must register to attend.

About the Department of Catholic Studies

Established in 2012-- the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II -- the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Gloria Aroneo
  • (973) 275-2808