Events & Seminars

Public Lecture, Humanities
112th Lecture -- Cantonese: From Trivial to Significant [第一百一十二講] 粵語從小題大做到粵大招風 (Sunday 29 Oct 2017)

摘要: 粵語的小題大做這部分探討如何藉著研究街頭小巷的片言隻語,提高讀者的語言自覺,喚醒對文法/語法的關注。 粵大招風這部分討論粵語是否已在香港形成一股思潮,以及如何在香港推廣粵語的跨學科研究與應用。 簡歷: 香港語言學家 香港註冊教師 香港科技大學語言學博士 香港中文大學前高級講師

Speaker(s)
Dr. Benjamin W H AU YEUNG (Ben Sir) (歐陽偉豪博士)
Date
October 29, 2017 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language
Cantonese (以廣東話主講)
Sponsor
Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served

Seminar
The Myth of the Power Transition: Resolving the 'Rise of China' (Wednesday 25 Oct 2017)

Abstract The variations on power transition theory used to frame U.S.-China relations assume the inevitability or at least strong probability of a successful Chinese economic rise and usually a successful military rise. But China’s economic rise – the foundation of its comprehensive rise – appears to have entered an inflection point in the mid-2010s. Increasingly, the abstract model for China is not so much “successful rising power” as it is “formerly rising power whose rise is now stalling” – in critical respects similar to the last two countries that experienced aborted rises: postwar Japan and the Soviet Union. The question now becomes what scenarios could result from a nationalistic authoritarian state’s “promised” rise suddenly stalling and possibly remaining stalled indefinitely. Bio Daniel Lynch is Professor of Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong, on leave from the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books published by Stanford University Press, most recently China's Futures: PRC Elites Debate Economics, Politics, and Foreign Policy (2015).

Speaker(s)
Prof. Daniel Lynch
University of Southern California
Date
October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Venue
Room 3301 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST

Public Lecture, Humanities
111st Lecture -- Beyond, Sam Hui and "Dainuifa": On Cantonese Pop Song Lyrics and Communication Arts [第一百一十一講] Beyond, 許冠傑及帝女花:粤語經典歌詞與言語傳意技藝 (Sunday 22 Oct 2017)

摘要: 一般流行曲歌詞,雖然遠比古典詩詞廣為人知,但較難登大雅之堂。自從Bob Dylan(中譯:巴布狄倫;鮑勃·迪倫)富有詩意的歌詞得到讚賞而獲諾貝爾文學獎後,流行曲歌詞(包括嘻哈、Hip-Hop)在言語傳意層面的地位與功能有所提升。傳統粵語流行歌曲與公認優雅的歌詞,題材無論是振奮民心、教育反思、人生哲理、社會價值等都大受歡迎,證實了它的言語傳意技藝的重要性和社會價值,很值得從言語溝通等多方面作出探討,包括它與傳統詩詞歌赋結構的關係。 講者簡介: 哈佛大學碩士、加州大學語言學博士、比利時皇家海外科學院院士,香港科技大學專任教授、香港城市大學終身榮休講座教授、曾參與國際多間院校機構研究與教學。多年致力結合電腦科學與人文科學,推展漢語基礎及應用研究。自1995年創建泛華語地區漢語共時語料庫(LIVAC)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIVAC_Synchronous_Corpus)透過20年多地報章媒體,追蹤分析漢語及其背後社會、文化、認知及演變特點,包括文本內涵情感分析等。著作多以融合計算語言學和社會語言學等為主、所參與編著的《中國語言地圖集》獲1998年中國社會科學院傑出研究一等獎。所提出「中國4字格成語」2014 納入香港非物質文化遺產名單。

Speaker(s)
Professor Benjamin K Y TSOU (鄒嘉彥教授)
Date
October 22, 2017 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History

Public Lecture, Humanities
HKUST Public Humanities Lectures (October - December 2017)

This is a series of public lectures by the faculty from HKUST to share with the increasingly better educated public in Hong Kong the advanced knowledge in the domain of multidisciplinary humanities, which is for the public, of the public, and by the public. 隨著香港社會專上及持續教育的普及,學術知識越來越成為公眾知情權的重要內容。學術知識貴在創新,但新知自應造福人群。人文學科美於人情,而話語豈宜黌宮獨唱。香港科技大學人文學部因與香港歷史博物館合設科大人文新語講座系列,期與公眾共享文史哲等多元領域的人文學術研究成果。 This is a series of public lectures by the faculty from HKUST to share with the increasingly better educated public in Hong Kong the advanced knowledge in the domain of multidisciplinary humanities, which is for the public, of the public, and by the public.

Date
October 22, 2017 (Sunday) - December 10, 2017 (Sunday)
Time
15:00 - 17:00
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Sponsor
Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served

Seminar
The long-term crowding effects of behavioral payment programs: framing and social norms (Friday 20 Oct 2017)

Abstract Behavioral payment programs (BPPs) that offer financial incentives in exchange for undertaking socially desirable behaviorface two major challenges: crowding out effects and the temporary nature of funding. If monetary incentives undermine noneconomic sources of motivation and if the incentives are temporary, the motivation crowding out effects can last well after the BPPs are terminated with post-payment incidence of the behavior falling below pre-payment levels. In this paper, we build on the seminal work of Benabou and Tirole (American Economic Review 2006) to study how the long-term crowding effects of short-term payments can be influenced by payment framing and by the evolution of social norms. Individuals have uncertain intrinsic values of the prosocial behavior, with both the uncertainty and the values affected by payment framing. The reputation value of undertaking the behavior is correlated with injunctive norms, which can be measured empirically. Framed payments can have crowding in effects in both the short and long runs, with the long-run effects manifesting mainly through changed social norms. We test our theoretical predictions using a series of experiments, including an unframed campus experiment, a framed campus experiment, and a framed field experiment. We find that payment framing can have crowding in effects, and this effect is particularly strong among populations with strong cultural norms. Our findings highlight the need for enriching BPPs such as payment for ecosystem services with proper framing and social norm appeals. Bio Jinhua Zhao received his PhD from UC Berkeley and is currently a Professor of Economics and director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. He serves on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the Air, Climate and Energy Committee of EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. He was a co-editor of Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and is on the editorial committee of Annual Review of Resource Economics. His research interests include environmental regulation, technology adoption, and dynamic decision making under uncertainty.

Speaker(s)
Prof. Jinhua Zhao
Michigan State University
Date
October 20, 2017 (Friday)
Time
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Venue
Room 3401 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST