Director of Asia Center at University of Kentucky to Present Convocation and Program

April 06, 2010

Dr. Kristin Stapleton, director of the Asia Center at the University of Kentucky, will speak at convocation at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 in Presser Recital Hall, located in Cope Music Hall. She will discuss "The Past Lives of Today's Chinese Cities." Also on Thursday, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Room, located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, Stapleton will present "Horses in Chinese History." Both events are free and open to the public.

Stapleton is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. She received her A.B. degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her master's degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Her interest in the history of Chinese cities was born at the University of Michigan, while studying Chinese. Her junior year abroad introduced her to the Chinese city of Taipei. She spent another two years doing research in such Chinese cities as Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and her favorite city, Chengdu.

She has written two books, "Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform," and "The Japanese City," in addition to various articles. Her current research projects include a study of how Chinese governments were affected by World War II and a book on the historical background of China's most famous 20th Century novel, "Family," by Ba Jin.

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