Dr. Michael Puett


Join us after the Friday performance for a Scholar Social with Dr Michael Puett, the Walter C. Klein professor of Chinese History at Harvard University, and director Lee Mikeska Gardner to discuss the historic and literary significance of Journey to the West and the Chinese novel from which our play derives!


Dr. Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, as well as the Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.  He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China.  He is also the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity, as well as the co-author, with Christine Gross-Loh, of The Path: What Chinese Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Good Life.