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Mount to Host First in a Series of Public Lectures on Women in China

Aug. 3, 2012 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University hosts the first in a series of public lectures on women in China on Aug. 23 with "YinYang: The Way of Ways" by Robin Wang, director of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Top scholars in Chinese history, poetry, art and literature are delivering six lectures beginning with this one. The free events are funded by a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures are one part of the Mount project "Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies Curricula," which launches in July to integrate international cultures into undergraduate and graduate coursework. The project ties humanities courses into the Mount's professional schools of nursing, physical therapy, education and business.

All lectures will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in The Rose Hills Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary’s University, 10 Chester Pl., Los Angeles 90007.

The complete lecture schedule follows:

Aug. 23, 2012 – YinYang:The Way of Ways, by Robin Wang, Professor of Philosophy, Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University. The seminar will offer a comprehensive account of the concept of Yin and Yang, including how it relates to our contemporary life.

Sept. 13, 2012 -- Women in Chinese History, by Ping Yao, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles. An overview of women's life and their domestic and societal roles from antiquity to 1912, including the practice of courtesanship, the practice of foot-binding and women in Chinese religious tradition.

Oct. 25, 2012 -- Women of Classical Chinese Poetry, by Hu Ying, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine. Includes the works of Li Qingzhao (12th century) and Qiu Jin (early 20th century), and the formation of the Chinese poetic canon.

Jan. 10, 2013 -- Empresses, Art and Agency, by Hui-shu Lee, Associate Professor of Art History, UCLA. This lecture will feature a comparison of historical depictions of women in Chinese art with those of women by modern and contemporary Chinese visual artists.

Jan. 31, 2013 -- Women in 20th Century Chinese Literature, by Shu-mei Shih, Professor, Comparative Literature/Asian Languages and Cultures/Asian American Studies, UCLA. The lecture will focus on the representation of women in 20th century Chinese literature in the context of major historical upheavals throughout history, including the Republican revolution, the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution and Postsocialism.

Feb. 21, 2013 -- What Can Chinese Film Tell Us About Modern Chinese History? By Zhiwei Xiao, Associate Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos. This lecture will examine how some of the most important issues in 20th century China, such as nationalism, tensions between tradition and modernity, and gender equality, are addressed in popular films.

Please note: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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