Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were important stops along the old Silk Road. This region also marks the boundary of Christianity and Islam. In conjunction with the Museum Society’s upcoming trip to the Caucasus region, Dr. Joseph Ting will give a pre-trip lecture with powerpoint presentation to highlight the importance of this area as the crossroads between the East and West. Dr. Ting will talk about the geographical location of the three countries, as they are sandwiched between major powers from prehistoric times to the present day, resulting as a melting pot of different cultures including ethnicities, religions, and languages.
We are privileged to have as our guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Ting. He majored in Chinese Literature and Chinese History from HKU and graduated with a BA degree in 1974. He was conferred an MPhil in 1979 and a PhD in 1989, also from HKU. Dr. Ting joined the HK Museum of Art as an Assistant Curator in 1979 and was appointed Chief Curator of the HK Museum of History in 1995. He retired in 2007 after serving for 28 years. He is currently an Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Chinese at The University of Hong Kong, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He is Honorary Advisor to many art and cultural institutions, including the University Museum and Art Gallery in HKU, the HK Museum of Art, the HK Museum of History, the Shenzhen Museum and Guangdong Provincial Museum. He is also a Member of the Antiquities Advisory Board, the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust and the Education Bureau of Hong Kong, an Honorary Fellow of the HKU and Hong Kong Institute of Education, and was an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asian Studies.