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Gail HershatterGail Hershatter, distinguished professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will focus on Chinese women, past and present, in a Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 25, at UT.

Hershatter’s lecture is titled “Did Rural Chinese Women Have a Revolution? If So, What Remains?” It will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library. It is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Hershatter will discuss changes in the lives of women in rural Shaanxi province during the early decades of state socialism and compare them to women’s lives in contemporary rural China. She will question whether rural Chinese women had a revolution and what type it may have been.

Hershatter received her doctorate from Stanford University. Her research interests are modern Chinese social and cultural history, labor history, and women’s history. She has authored five books on these subjects and is a former president of the Association for Asian Studies.

One additional lecture remains in the series:

  • April 1—Robert Darnton, Carl Pforzheimer University Professor and university librarian, Harvard University, “Books, Libraries and the Digital Future”



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