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Hu Ying, associate professor of Chinese Literature at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver a lecture on "Women of Classical Chinese Poetry" at Mount St. Mary's Doheny campus on Oct. 25.

MSMU to Host Third in a Series of Free Public Lectures on Women in China on Oct. 25

Oct. 12, 2012 — Mount Saint Mary’s University will host the third in a series of public lectures on women in China on Oct. 25 with "Women of Classical Chinese Poetry," by Hu Ying, associate professor of Chinese Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Ying’s lecture offers an overview of women poets in the tradition of classical Chinese poetry, spanning the 12th century to the 20th century. The talk will touch upon the formation of the Chinese poetic canon and explore how women poets adopt or reject pre-existing feminine voices.

"Women of Classical Chinese Poetry" is one of six related lectures being presented through February 2013 at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Each lecture features top scholars in Chinese history, poetry, art and literature. The free events are funded by a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The lecture series is part of the College’s project, "Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies Curricula," which launched 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. For more information, visit

The remaining lecture schedule follows:

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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