During this seminar, we will explore how the traditions of China’s past have resulted in the transitions we see today. Discussion will focus on China’s history, art, politics, and US-China relations from the early nineteenth-century to the present. Seminar leader Dr. Shelley Hawks will guide discussion on modern China, drawing upon two recent publications on China. Both works illuminate key aspects of China’s past and of the profound interconnection between the US and China. Guest lecturer Dr. Brigid Vance will lead an interactive role-play exercise illuminating daily life and education during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

Recommended reading: John Pomfret, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom:  America and China, 1776 to the Present (New York:  Henry Holt and Co., 2016). Available on Amazon.com.  (ISBN: 978-0805092509)

Shelley Drake Hawks, The Art of Resistance:  Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China. (Seattle:  University of Washington Press, 2017). Available from the author at a discounted price of $40. ISBN:  978-0295741956, for more info, email Shelley_Hawks@msn.com.


Shelley Drake Hawks is a writer and historian in Concord, MA who teaches world civilization and art history at Middlesex Community College. She has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Boston University, UMASS-Boston, and Rhode Island School of Design. She has a masters in Asia regional studies from Harvard and a doctorate in history from Brown. Shelley’s husband Jim Hawks graduated from Lawrence in 1982 and their eldest son, Sam Hawks, graduated from Lawrence in 2016.


Brigid E. Vance is assistant professor of East Asian History at Lawrence University. She earned her MA in East Asian History from Stanford University and a doctorate in history from Princeton University. Brigid has over six years’ experience living, working, and researching in China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Fee(s): 
$925 - Double; $1,200 - Single; $465 - Commuter
Topic(s): 
Art & Art History