Brian Hoffert, North Central College associate professor of religious studies and history and coordinator of East Asian studies, participated as presenter and moderator at the 8th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., April 13-15. North Central College hosted the conference in 2011.
On April 14, Hoffert was part of a panel, Contemporary Encounters, and gave a presentation titled “The Relationship between Ren and Li: Contemporary Implications of the Debate on Human Nature.” On April 15, he moderated a three-person panel titled “Seeing and Arguing in Early China.”
Also, he was the respondent to a paper, titled “Dewey, Daoism, and the Ethics of Participation,” as part of the “Classical Daoism and Ethics: A Critical Dialogue” panel at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto on March 18.
Hoffert has been a member of North Central’s faculty since 2000. He earned his B.A. from the University of Toronto, his A.M. from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.