Werbel's new book . . . captures Chinese students in their own words as they grapple with America's . . . past and, in doing so, inevitably reflect upon their own country's past, present, and future. . . Upon completing Lessons from China, the reader is left with an appreciation for the value of international exchange programs like Fulbright. . . both she and her students gained a bit more mutual empathy and exercised their abilities to see the world as others see it.
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[O]n a visit to one students' home in an out of the way village, . . Werbel came to understand the deep reverence Chinese culture has placed on family, tradition and ancestry. In that context, the weight of [Frederick] Douglass' separation from his own mother took on a significance that she had never considered. That revelation, and many others, fill Werbel's new book . . Although Werbel expected to learn about China, the students she taught had a surprising amount to teach her about her own culture, she said. usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-07/19/content_16798938.htm
About the Author
Amy Werbel currently serves as an Associate Professor of the History of Art at the State University of New York - Fashion Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 2013, she was Professor of Art History and American Studies at Saint Michael’s College. Professor Werbel is the the author of numerous works on the subject of American visual culture, sexuality, and censorship including: Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Yale University Press, 2007). Professor Werbel is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (A.B. ’86) and Yale University (PhD ’96), and the recipient of fellowships and grants from numerous institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She served as a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-2012 at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. She is the mother of two sons, ages 19 and 15, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and fellow writer, Frederick Lane.