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History Lecture Series

Death and the Ancestors: The Religion of the Family in China

Wed. Feb. 5, 2020      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Patricia Ebrey, Professor, History, UW

The powerful of ancient Chinese society went to great lengths to communicate with their dead ancestors, seeking their advice and keeping them informed of events. These practices spread throughout Chinese society to shape the everyday life of ordinary people, even in more recent centuries.

Admission: $12–$15; students free with valid ID.


Portrait: Patricia EbreyPatricia Buckley Ebrey specializes in Chinese social and cultural history. She has written extensively on the history of the family, kinship, and women as well as court, visual, and religious culture. Her best-known books are probably “The Cambridge Illustrated History of China,” “The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Women in the Sung Period,” and “Emperor Huizong.” Just last month her co-edited “Chinese Funerary Biographies: An Anthology of Remembered Lives” was published by the University of Washington Press. Full bio.


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