April 11, 2007
Dr. Marcia Ristaino, highly regarded expert on China and former research analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Library of Congress, will present “Shanghai: The Gateway to Modern China” on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside College campus.
The free event, sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) is open to the public.
Ristaino’s lecture and slide presentation will focus on the captivating city of Shanghai and its relevance to modern China.
Ristaino served as research analyst and special assistant in the office of political research of the CIA from 1967 to 1976, and as senior research analyst for Chinese affairs for the Library of Congress from 1981 to 1990. She was appointed senior Chinese acquisitions specialist in the Chinese Acquisitions Section of the Library of Congress in 1990 and was later awarded a Kluge Staff Research Fellowship by the instititution.
Ristaino has written and lectured extensively about Shanghai, China, government, and politics. She is the author of “Port of Last Resort: Diaspora Communities of Shanghai” published in 2002 by Stanford University Press, and “China’s Art of Revolution: The Mobilizaiton of Discontent, 1927 and 1928” published in 1987 by Duke University Press. Her latest book, “The Savior of Shanghai: Father Jacquinot and the International Safe Zone” is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.
Ristaino has taught courses on modern Chinese history, East Asian civilizations, and Japanese history. She served as a member of the executive committee of the Council on East Asian Libraries from 1997 to 2001 and as executive editor and contributor for the Washington Journal of Modern China since 1992.
Ristaino holds a bachelor’s degree in European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and a doctorate in history from Georgetown University.