Sunzi: The Art of WarSunzi: The Art of War
Graphic Adaptations Series
Illustrated by C. C. Tsai
October 17 - November 21, 2018
4 Sessions; 8 PD Hours
Moderator: Karen Kane

A delightfully illustrated version of Sunzi’s classic The Art of War by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai

Conceived by a Chinese warrior-philosopher some 2,500 years ago, The Art of War speaks to those aspiring to rise through the ranks and help build successful countries. How can that goal best be achieved, and what is the role of warfare, if any, in the process? What are the powers and limits of the general in command? How can you win without going to war? Sunzi's answers to these and other questions are brought to life as never before by Tsai's brilliant cartoons, which show Sunzi fighting on dangerous ground, launching a surprise attack, spying on his enemies, and much more.

Confucius: The AnalectsConfucius: The Analects
Graphic Adaptations Series
Illustrated by C. C. Tsai
November 14 - December 19, 2018
4 Sessions; 8 PD Hours
Moderator: Karen Kane

Tsai's expressive drawings bring Confucius and his students to life as no other edition of the Analects does. See Confucius engage his students over the question of how to become a leader worth following in a society of high culture, upward mobility, and vicious warfare. Which virtues should be cultivated, what makes for a harmonious society, and what are the important things in life? Unconcerned with religious belief but a staunch advocate of tradition, Confucius emphasizes the power of society to create sensitive, respectful, and moral individuals. In many ways, Confucius speaks directly to modern concerns - about how we can value those around us, educate the next generation, and create a world in which people are motivated to do the right thing.


Laozi: The Dao SpeaksLaozi: The Dao Speaks
Graphic Adaptations Series
Illustrated by C. C. Tsai
December 12, 2018 - February 6, 2019 (with Holiday Break)
4 Sessions; 8 PD Hours
Moderator: Karen Kane

In The Tao Speaks, Tsai Chih Chung brilliantly retells, through his enchanting and irreverently humorous cartoon panels, the two thousand-year-old text of Tao Te Ching, the inspiring classic upon which Taoism is based. 

Attributed to the great Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching has attracted generations of followers from across the world to its simple tenets of modesty, peace, and realism. According to Lao-tzu, "If we are at peace with ourselves and the world around us, success will come unsought." Advocating poise, serenity, and complete assurance, Lao-tzu teaches men and women to work with nature rather than resist it.

Buddha: Kapilavastu. Vol I and The Four Encounters. Vol IIBuddha: Kapilavastu. Vol I and The Four Encounters. Vol II
Graphic Adaptations Series
Written and Illustrated by Osamu Tezuka
January 30 - March 19, 2019
6 Sessions; 12 PD Hours
Moderator: Karen Kane

Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one’s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers’ attention.