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MSMC to Host Third in a Series of Public Scholarly Lectures on Women in China on Oct. 25

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MSMC presents a series of scholarly lectures about China open to the public. Pictured: Art from the Xinjiang Turfan Tang Dynasty, Tomb of Fan Yanshi. On the cover: Chinese painting "The Nymph of the Lo River," 12th century copy of a painting attributed to the 4th century artist Gu Kaizhi.

July 16, 2012 -- Mount St. Mary’s College will host the second in a series of public lectures on women in China on Sept. 13 with "Women in Chinese History," by Ping Yao, professor in the department of history, and director of Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Six lectures are being held through February 2013 featuring 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 lectures are one part of the College's 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 St. Mary’s College, 10 Chester Pl., Los Angeles 90007. For more information, visit

The lecture schedule follows:

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 Zhiwe 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.