Seton Hall University

China Studies, Catholicism, and East-West Dialogue

A Symposium in Memory of Seton Hall University Professor John Ching-Hsiung Wu

John C.H. Wu

This conference is organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies and the Asian Studies Program with assistance from the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies and the Taipei Educational Council.

It is our pleasure to announce plans for a two-day symposium to be held on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, 2016 on the campus of Seton Hall University in honor of the life and work of scholar Dr. John Ching Hsiung Wu (1899-1986), 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 as lead author of Chinese Constitution of 1946. Next year also marks the 65th anniversary of the start of the Far-Eastern Institute and the varied connections between the Asian continent and Seton Hall University. This connection to the academic, intellectual, cultural, and historical life of Asia has been a constant theme and interest for many Setonians past and present over the past century plus.

Registration (9:00 - 9:30 a.m.)

Conference Introduction (9:30 - 9:45 a.m.)
A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. -  University President
Rev. Msgr. Robert F. Coleman, J.C.D - Associate Vice Provost
Dr. Ines Murzaku -  Professor and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies
Beck Rooms, 1st Floor, Walsh Library

Panel I: Seton Hall University; China Studies and International Law  (9:45 – 11:45 a.m.)
Chair: Margaret K. Lewis, J.D.
Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Edwin Pak-Wah Leung, Ph.D.
Professor of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University
“Professor John Ching-hsiung Wu and Asian Studies: the Seton Hall Years, 1951-1968”

Dongdong Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University
“The Institute of Far Eastern Studies at Seton Hall University: Its Contributions to TCFL”

Zheng Wang
Director and Associate Professor Seton Hall University
“China and International Law: The UNCLOS and South China Disputes”

Dermot Quinn, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Seton Hall University
“Professor Wu and Seton Hall University”

Break (11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Lunch (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Keynote Speaker: John Wu, Jr.
Title: “A Lovely Day for a Friendship”
Beck Rooms, 1st Floor, Walsh Library

Free TIme (1:30 – 1:45 p.m.)
University Archives, Walsh Library Gallery Windows, and Walsh Library
First Floor (Exhibits on the Life and Work of John Wu)

Panel II: Researching John Wu and Asian Studies  (1:45 – 3:45 p.m.)
Chair: Amanda Clark, Ph.D.
Director of the Library, Whitworth University.

Maja Basioli, M.A., M.L.S., M.Phil.
Professor and Reference/Administration Librarian, Seton Hall University Law School
“Finding John C. H. Wu”

Xue-Ming Bao, Ed.D.
Systems Librarian/Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
“Find Scholarly Works of John C.H. Wu through Library Databases: A Digital Humanity Approach” 

Alan Delozier, D.Litt.
University Archivist/Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
"Researching Primary Archival Sources Related to John Wu and Asian Studies"
Beck Rooms, 1st Floor, Walsh Library

Mass in honor of Dr. Wu  (3:30 p.m.)
Immaculate Conception Chapel on Campus

Free Time  (4 - 5 p.m.)
University Archives, Walsh Library Gallery Windows, and Walsh Library
First Floor (Exhibits on the Life and Work of John Wu)

Reception  (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
Chancellor’s Suite – University Center
Musical Presentation – Ignatius Dino Wu, Grandson of John Wu,
"Reflections and a Musical Tribute in Honor of my Grandfather"
Slide Show presented by Gregory Wu, grandson of John HC Wu

Registration (9:00 - 9:30 a.m.)

Panel III: Religion, Philosophy, and Intellectualism of John Wu (9:35 – 11:35 a.m.)
Chair: Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, D.Phil.
Associate Professor of Jewish-Christian Studies, Director of Jewish-Christian Studies Institute

Robert Gimello, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
“John C. H. Wu as a Pioneering Exemplar for Comparative Theologians.”

John Lindblom, Ph.D.
Student, University of Notre Dame
“The Uniqueness of Wu Jingxiong’s 1940s Chinese Translation of the Psalms and New Testament” 

Anthony Clark, Ph.D.
Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair, Whitworth University
“Beyond the Dusty World: Daoism and the Epistolary Dialectics of Thomas Merton and John Wu”

Beck Rooms, 1st Floor, Walsh Library

Break (11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

Conference End (12 p.m.)

Thursday and Friday, April 21 & 22, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Beck Rooms, Walsh Library
Seton Hall University


All are welcome and invited, and admission is free. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To R.S.V.P., simply do one of the following:

  • Simply fill out the form,
  • Call Gloria Aroneo M.B.A at (973) 275-2808, or
  • E-mail Gloria Aroneo at
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