Sunday, June 16, 2013

"Traditional Confucianism: The Core of Asian Civilization" lecture at Maridon Museum, June 20.

Dr. Betty Anderson will present "Traditional Confucianism: The Core of Asian Civilization" at the Maridon Museum (map) in Butler on June 20th at 6:30 pm. It's free, but reservations are required.

Looking for information on Dr. Anderson and the presentation, I found a short profile on her in Fall 2011 issue of museum's newsletter (scroll to pages 4, 5, and 8):
Betty received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Master’s Degree in History, and a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies at Pitt. After that she was employed as the Assistant to the Director of Asian Studies at Pitt. While working as a Teaching Assistant at Carnegie Mellon she earned a Doctorate in History in 1990. She also taught at Butler County Community College and created the Asian program there.

With great effort Betty speaks and reads the Chinese language. At the Maridon’s Chinese New Year celebrations guests are fascinated as Betty presents the blessing in Chinese and then English. She has a large history and Asian book collection. Due to down-sizing to an apartment, Betty has shared many of these with the museum. She currently belongs to an Asian Reading Group at Slippery Rock University.

Betty has traveled to Mexico, Europe and has made several study trips to China. She especially
treasures the memory visiting the port city of Canton (Guangzhou), crossing the bridge and visiting the small areas where westerners could only transact their trades in certain areas. She also fondly remembers the New Year’s Eve Party at Beijing University in 1978 and the Women’s Conference in 1995.