Subject: Reminder: Speaker Series - Dr. Cristina Bertrand - Nov 1st, 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
Learning from Nature

Speaker: Dr. Cristina Bertrand

5:30 PM, Tuesday Nov 1st, 2016, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

Learning from Nature is a new way of understanding the place of human beings in the world. It is also the first step for inquiring about the laws of the material world, the interrelation of these laws with the human world and its practical application to daily life. Nature, then, will be the Master and its knowledge will give human beings the wisdom they need to be successful in their lives and at the same time, to respect and protect Nature. Nature is the root of Mongolian primitive beliefs. The connection with Nature is direct, and without an understanding it, life would be impossible in the harsh conditions of Mongolia’s deserts, steppes and mountains.
In the beginning, human beings contemplated the Heaven above and the Earth below. They were in the middle. This represents by itself a cosmology which we can also be found in the Chinese book of wisdom, the “Yi Jing”. The methodology of the  Yi Jing can be applied to Mongolian Nature to try to understand its hidden laws which offer a gift of wisdom. With my paintings of Mongolian landscapes, I will try to make this wisdom accessible to all who want to learn from Nature.  

Co-Sponsored by the American Cultural and Information Center, Ulaanbaatar
About the Presenter: 
Dr. Cristina Bertrand

A native of Spain, Cristina Bertrand earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Letters at the Complutense University of Madrid. She did a post doctorate at the University of California Santa Barbara in Philosophy and Comparative Religions and she was a Visiting Scholar at the same university. Her doctoral dissertation was an interdisciplinary research in the fields of history, geography, philosophy, the art of China and on the Chinese book of wisdom, the Yi Jing. Dr. Bertrand´s book, “Yi Jing: Image, Concept and Action” was published by Shanghai Art and Literature Publishing House in Shanghai in 2009.

Dr. Bertrand is an internationally recognized scholar and artist and has completed more than 550 paintings exhibited in galleries in Spain, the United States, Europe and China. After leaving Spain, Dr. Bertrand spent 20 years in the United States, living in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. She currently lives in Shanghai, China, where she gives lectures on Chinese culture and the Yi Jing. She also presides over her Kĕyĭ School and her company Cristina Bertrand (Shanghai) Trading Company Ltd., which produces artistic perfumes, jewelry and fashion.

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