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Movers and shakers?
Movers and shakers? Matt Rosen ’76 instantly recognized this posture as part of tai chi chuan, a traditional Chinese martial art. (He recalls that as a Skidmore senior he took gojo-ryu karate lessons from a freshman, and he has studied martial arts off and on ever since.)
The teacher of the class is Jiang Jianye, a visiting professor from China’s Qufu University in 1989-90. (Jiang is still remembered around campus as a free-spirited character who drove an elderly road-yacht of a car with more élan than expertise.) In 1990 Skidmore forged a formal affiliation and exchange program with Qufu, through which about a dozen Skidmore faculty members visited and taught at Qufu and several of its faculty members came to Skidmore. Also, around three dozen Skidmore students have spent the year following their graduation working as teachers of English at Qufu or other Chinese universities.
And who’s that in the back, carefully practicing his tai chi behind the instructor? It’s longtime philosophy professor, and nearly as longtime dean of the faculty, Eric Weller.