terra-cotta warriors, Xi'an, China, sculpture, art, archaeology
Detail of the terra-cotta warriors of Xi'an, reflecting individual portraits

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Rose Lee
May 6 - 19, 2014
Rose E. Lee is an art historian, curator and editor of Asian art whose focus is on the material cultures and societies of North Asia. With a working knowledge of Chinese, Korean and Japanese, she has lived and worked in Asia for over twenty years. Formerly a curator of Chinese art at the Denver Art Museum and the National Palace Museum of Taipei, Rose has also taught Chinese art history at Colorado College and Soochow University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. and edits exhibition catalogs and journal articles on Asian art.

Robert Shepherd
Sep 16 - 29, 2014
Robert Shepherd holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in history from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. He has been an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University since 2006, where he teaches courses on international development, human rights and ethics, and contemporary Chinese society. Previously, Dr. Shepherd spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal, three years teaching at a United Nations training institute in Beijing, China, and two years helping design and implement a national technical training program in Java, Indonesia. He has also led study-abroad programs to China and Tibet for both George Mason University and GWU, and worked with the University of Virginia's "Semester at Sea" program.Dr. Shepherd's research on tourism, cultural heritage issues, and the side effects of market changes in China has appeared in Southeast Asia Research, Consumption, Markets, and Culture, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary Asia, among other publications. He is the author or co-author of four books, most recently Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China (Left Coast Press, 2013) and Heritage Management, Tourism and Governance in China (with Dr. Larry Yu; Springer Press, 2012).

Dennis W. Johnson
Oct 21 - Nov 3, 2014
Dr. Dennis W. Johnson is professor of political management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also has an affiliated faculty appointment with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU. Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Johnson was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in China. He and his wife Pat lived in Guangzhou and Dr. Johnson taught China-U.S. relations and public policy to both graduate and undergraduate students at Jinan University. He was also appointed Visiting Research Fellow at the Guangdong Research Institute for International Strategy. He has traveled widely throughout China giving lectures at several universities and research centers on American-Chinese relations and American politics. He is the author or editor of eight books, and his teaching focuses on global energy and environmental issues. He has a particular interest in the environmental and energy-related challenges facing modern China. His hobbies include Chinese calligraphy and Mandarin language studies.

Virginia Bower
May 5 - 18, 2015
Virginia Bower is an expert on Chinese art and archaeology. Virginia did her graduate study at Princeton University, and is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; she also teaches regularly at Rutgers University. She has contributed to numerous museum catalogs and exhibitions and is a co-editor of Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). She has lived in Taiwan and worked at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Virginia first visited China as a tour lecturer in the 1980’s and has returned many times on a wide range of itineraries sponsored by educational institutions, including the Smithsonian.

Robert Foster
Sep 15 - 28, 2015
Robert W. Foster has been fascinated by Chinese culture since he first read a translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching in high school. Since that early encounter with a strikingly unfamiliar worldview, he has spent his academic career developing a better understanding of the history of one of the world's great civilizations. After receiving a B.A. in History from Kenyon College in Ohio, Foster pursued graduate work at Harvard University, where he earned his Master's degree in East Asia Studies (1990) and his Ph.D. in Chinese History (1997), during which time he was an exchange student at Peking University (1990-1991). Since 1997, he has been a member of the faculty of the Department of History at Berea College, where he created the Asian Studies program. Although his courses at Berea focus on Chinese and Japanese history, Foster has also developed a broader understanding of the cultural interactions throughout East Asia and between China and Central Asia. Foster has been a participant in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes on the Silk Road sponsored by the East-West Center in Hawaii and seminars on modern China at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. Foster has worked to make Chinese culture more accessible to a Western audience. He has translated key Classical Chinese texts, has written on China's relation to the Silk Road, on Confucian philosophy, and on the modern use of Confucian imagery in the PRC and Japan. Recognizing the value of directly engaging Asian cultures, he has taken student and faculty groups to the Peoples' Republic of China and Japan. He has served as Smithsonian Lecturer in China and has led workshops on Asia with organizations as diverse as the U.S. military and secondary school educators in Kentucky.