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Introduction

To promote the dissemination and development the humanities, to bring together the fields of the humanities and their interfaces with social and natural sciences, and to facilitate the dialogues and collaborations between humanities scholars in China and around the world, Xiamen University, together with UNESCO, the International Council for the Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the Asian New Humanities Net (ANHN), will host a global humanities festival on "Challenges and Duties of Humanities: Asian and Global Commitments" from April 15 to April 19, 2018, at Xiamen University.

The festival, themed around current challenges and duties of the humanities, will consist of a series of academic addresses and talks, interactive workshops, master class teaching, and cultural exhibition activities. During the festival, the first formal meeting of the Executive Committee of CIPSH will take place at Xiamen University.

About 80 distinguished scholars and institutional leaders, from China and overseas, will attend this festival. This unprecedented event marks a brand new stage of collaboration between Xiamen University, UNESCO, CIPSH, and ANHN in promoting the dissemination and development of the humanities, and creates unique opportunities for each. Through this event, Xiamen University hopes to strengthen the interaction and collaboration with UNESCO, CIPSH, and ANHN in the related areas, to promote her proud tradition in the humanities to a higher stage, and to bring to the City of Xiamen vigor of the humanities.

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