The 3rd Saturday Lectures is an exciting monthly lecture program hosted by SDCHM on every 3rd Saturday of the month. SDCHM guest speakers include a variety of students, academics, and professionals who will share a unique viewpoint on their interesting topics. Bring the whole family because these lectures assume no prior knowledge, nonetheless, they offer fresh perspectives for those well versed in Chinese history, culture, and art. No two lectures are alike so keep checking our calendar for new and exciting topics!

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Saturday, July 21 | 1 – 2 p.m., SDCHM Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension @ 328 J St.

Our next Third Saturday Lecture will feature special guest and author Kenneth Cohen, who will discuss Taoism in his lecture titled “Taoism Revealed: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches.”

Taoism is China’s ancient philosophy of balance and harmony. In Ken’s lecture, he will offer an overview of the principles and development of Taoism, including an in-depth discussion of its philosophic classic, the Tao Te Ching, as a coded guide to meditation and health. He will also introduce how modern science is validating Taoist mediation’s healing benefits.

After the lecture, there will be a book signing for Kenneth’s book called The Way of Qingong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.

Please note, no background knowledge of Chinese is required to enjoy this presentation.

Kenneth 高漢 Cohen began learning Chinese nearly 50 years ago due to his love of Taoism. He is the author of The Way of Qigong (Random House) and more than 200 journal articles. Professor Cohen was a collaborator with Alan Watts and the only apprentice to Huang Gengshi (1910-1999), a Taoist Abbot from Mount Xi Qiao 西樵山, Guangdong. For more information, visit