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Tiger Event


October 4, 2020 at 12:00:00 AM

How an Accidental Art Historian Found Her Way to China and Tea

Presenter / Panelists

Katharine Burnett, Professor, Chinese Art History, Department of Art and Art History, University of California Davis and Founding Director, Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science


Betsy Glans Langberg, Former Vice President of Student Exchanges, Institute of International Education, New York

Katharine will reflect on the merit of serendipity and chance, mixed with a large dose of stubbornness and perseverance, in developing her career as an art historian and academic. The role of Helen Lin, Wellesley College (and Middlebury), and the Wellesley motto, Non Ministrari sed Ministrare (“Not to be ministered unto, but to minister”) figure prominently in Katharine's personal account of how she “discovered” China, tea, and (eventually) herself.

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