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A stable is known by its horses; a university its professors. The Chinese University has a fine breed of them. It is fitting that pabulums from their research be shared among a wider audience than the campus. This is what the CUHK 50th Anniversary Public Lecture Series sets out to achieve: to bring gown to town.

On 27 July, Prof. Andrew C.F. Chan brought charm and vivacity to his lecture at the Hong Kong Central Library on how to build a brand. From the brand to the Big Bang, the next lecture on 24 August will be by another professor with much popular appeal, Prof. Chu Ming-chung. He will hunt down ghost particles and sketch the evolution of the universe.

When the curtain rises come September, the stage of the University will be populated by new and returning characters acting out roles fresh and repeated. Act One. Two alumni, Candace Chong and Octavian Chan, have respectively scripted and directed a play tracing the evolution of CUHK as a breeding ground for young minds.

The play, appropriately titled The Professor, will be put on stage in early September with a special performance for CUHK friends and alumni on 31 August. Tickets are selling fast. Our feature tells you the story behind the scenes. 'Thus Spake…' lets the script-writer and director speak to you directly about the making of themselves as devotees to the stage.