EAL 110C - Seminar Room

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East Asian Library Seminar Room

This room may be used for one-time class meetings and events sponsored by USC faculty, staff, or student organizations.  The Seminar Room can hold 18 to 20 people.

RESERVATIONS: Please contact Stephanie Rideau at srideau@usc.edu or (213) 740-2543. 

EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS: It is the full responsibility of the Client organizing the meeting to arrange for any audio-visual support. Contact your department's IT Help Desk for assistance.

CLEAN-UP: Please leave the Seminar Room in clean and in good condition. All areas must be properly restored after the event and the equipment switched off. If cables or equipment have been moved, please return to original positions. 

ARTWORK: The four panels of calligraphy on the Seminar Room's east wall represent the first few lines of "A Prose Poem on Red Cliff," written by Su Shi (Su Dongpo) in the year 1082. In hearkening to a famous battle fought by Cao Cao in the third century CE, Su Shi blends historical reference and literary style to reflect on time and the human condition. 

The portion on the wall, evocative of the full poem, reads:

"In the autumn of the year jen-hsu, the seventh month, when the moon had just passed its prime, a friend and I went out in a small boat to amuse ourselves at the foot of the Red Cliff. A fresh breeze blew softly across the water, leaving the waves unruffled. As I picked up the wine jar and poured a drink for my friend, I hummed a poem to the moon and sang a phrase on its strange beauty. In a little while, the moon rose from the eastern hills and wandered across the sky between the Archer and the Goat. White dew settled over the river..."  

                                                                                           (translation by Burton Watson, 1965)