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Visiting scholar explores historical Chinese trade routes

February 5, 2013

020613 TErrarium desktop silk road

Yale University History Professor Valerie Hansen will give a lecture titled “The Silk Road: A New History,” on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Pearsons Hall’s Moore Study Lounge.  

In the past decade, Hansen has spent three years in China: on a Fulbright grant in Shanghai and twice teaching at Yale’s joint undergraduate program with Peking University. Her research explores how nontraditional sources capture the experience of ordinary people. She will spend tomorrow and Friday on campus as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, which brings a dozen distinguished scholars to colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

In Hansen’s lecture, “The Silk Road: A New History,” she details the remarkable archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these Chinese trade routes. The lecture is based on her book of the same name that was published last summer.  Her other books include “The Open Empire:  A History of China to 1600,” “Negotiating Daily Life in Traditional China,” and “Voyages in World History.”

Want to bring a friend? This lecture is free and open to the public.

The above photo of Dunhuang Desert in western China, a major stop on the ancient silk road route, was taken by Vincent Poulissen.