Six years ago in the prime of her life, Dr. Ling Shiao was diagnosed with cancer. Had it not been for the disease, she would have continued to be completely immersed in teaching and writing to further her career. A break from intense academic life has given her the opportunity to reexam life and ponder its meaning. While journeying on the razer edge of life and death over the past six years, she has also followed her heart’s calling to explore the world, bringing a richness to her life that was not possible before. To find out how a world traveler, with cancer as her constant companion, sees and experiences three great cities of antiquity, come to hear her talk. She will share with you the mysteries of gods and pharaohs in Luxor, Egypt; the revelations of the three Abrahamic religions in Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine; and the wisdom of great philosophers of Athens, Greece.
Bio of the Speaker:
Dr. Ling Shiao is currently a research professor in the History Department of Southern Methodist University. She holds a Masters in American History from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters and a Ph.D. in Chinese History from Brown University. She has previously taught at Wesleyan University, St. Mary’s College of California, UC Berkeley. In recent years, she has travelled to dozens of countries around the world. Being a scholar, she always reads histories and literature of the countries prior to her visits, interacted with locals during her trips, and documenting what she learns about the places and peoples. She is thankful for the opportunity to share her experience with everyone.