Lessons from China: America in the Hearts and Minds of the World's Most Important Rising Generation

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Createspace Independent Pub, Jun 17, 2013 - Education - 218 pages
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In Lessons from China, Fulbright Scholar and American Studies Professor Amy Werbel paints a vivid portrait of China's rising generation of university students. Seeing Frederick Douglass, Andrew Carnegie, the Vietnam War, Malcolm X, Timothy Leary, and Betty Friedan through their eyes reveals as much about China's present realities as it does about America's past. Perhaps most importantly, Chinese students' responses to questions about censorship, revolution, war, and feminism are good indicators that this generation is unlike any that has come before. Educated, eyes opened, and facing their future with optimism and great expectations, China's post-Cultural Revolution youth promise to change their country forever. Lessons from China is a provocative look at how that is happening today.

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Amy Werbel currently serves as an Associate Professor of the History of Art at the State University of New York - Fashion Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 2013, she was Professor of Art History and American Studies at Saint Michael's College. Professor Werbel is the the author of numerous works on the subject of American visual culture, sexuality, and censorship including: Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Yale University Press, 2007). Professor Werbel is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (A.B. '86) and Yale University (PhD '96), and the recipient of fellowships and grants from numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She served as a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-2012 at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. She is the mother of two sons, ages 19 and 15, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and fellow writer, Frederick Lane.

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