Charles Holcombe, UNI professor of history, (319) 273-5907
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The dynamic changes in 17th century associated with political crisis, urbanization, new lifestyle attitudes and literary developments and growth will be the topic of the 29th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History at the University of Northern Iowa, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Chun-shu Chang, Richard Hudson Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will deliver the lecture in Seerley Hall, Room 115. It is open to the public, free of charge.
Born in China, Chang completed his undergraduate historical work at National Taiwan University, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1964, and joined the Michigan faculty in 1966. With an extensive academic focus spanning from 1600 B.C. to 1911 A.D., he is best known for Han, Song and Ming-Qing studies, according to Charles Holcombe, UNI professor of history, who is coordinating the Becker lecture.
Chang has written or edited 12 books and short works. He is the first Honorary Professor of Chinese History in the Peopleï¾©ï¾ˆs Republic of China, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has directed several archaeological expeditions to northwest China.
The memorial history lecture is given in honor of the late Carl L. Becker, a native of Reinbeck, and a distinguished scholar and teacher who became one of Americaï¾©ï¾ˆs most respected historians. He is most commonly known for warning people not to become slaves to weapons of mechanical power in fear they may, in the end, destroy themselves.
The Becker Memorial Lecture marks the first in the 2002-2003 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The Becker Lecture is supported by the Donald & Alleen Howard Endowment Fund, in the UNI Foundation.