I just realised interpreting with a manuscript is just as difficult as the textbook proclaims!
Dr Paul Allen Miller is the Vice Provost, the Director of International Affairs, and a Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina. This time, he visits both the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA) and the National Taiwan University (NTU) to deliver a speech and promote a series of books he coauthors with NTU’s professors.
In his talk, he mentioned quite some different philosophical ideas, including “the absurd in Duras’s Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia, Zen Koans as a spiritual practice, and the Socratic pursuit of aporia” to elaborate the resistance to commodified culture.
He also talked about how “universal equivalent” kills the values of higher education.
It took me an enormous amount of time to prepare for this interpretation job as Dr Paul Allen Miller has put lots of effort to bring all these ideas together, and it is a highly informative essay quoting so many authors. Dr Miller told me that he had prepared for this note for a couple of months! Imagine how difficult it can be to interpret such an essay with complicated ideas and so many references… I’m happy that I completed this mission with compliments given to me by NTUA’s President, Mr Chen, and the Director of International Cooperation Division at NTUA, Mr Li.
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