A Return to the Original I Ching: New Perspectives on Gender, Divination, and the Enduring Meaning of a Chinese Classic

Southern California East Asia Colloquium Series







Wednesday, September 19, 2012

4:00 PM

Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 232, USC

In this talk, Margaret J. Pearson, Professor Emerita of History at Skidmore College, will discuss her translation of the I Ching (Book of Changes) entitled, The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes. She is the first woman sinologist to translate this text, and the first to provide a truly gender neutral translation. Her research on the early evolution of these concepts reveal a simpler, more natural, world view, and one far friendlier to women than previously thought.

Margaret J Pearson received her Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Washington. A life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, she is professor emerita in History at Skidmore College, where she taught the foundations of Chinese intellectual history and surveys of China and Japan for thirty years. She also taught these subjects at the New School for Social Research, the State University of New York (Albany), Pace University (White Plains), and Marymount Manhattan College.

For more information, please contact Bettine Birge, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Organized by USC Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures and co-sponsored by USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Department of History, USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, and USC Center for Feminist Research


  • East Asian Studies Center
  • 3454 Trousdale Parkway
  • College Administrative Services Building (CAS) 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154