China Symposium - first step toward SCSU China Center

Thursday, March 29, 2007


China SymposiumThe university’s increasingly global focus was highlighted this spring by a first-time symposium on the political, educational, economic and cultural realities of China. The March 25-27 gathering of experts was developed to build community understanding and awareness of the country that 1.3 billion people call home.

China Symposium 2007 speakers included, among others, the editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, who is director of the University of Denver Center for China, and the executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. Two prominent professors also presented, Dr. Richard Bohr from St. John’s University and Dr. Ted Farmer from the University of Minnesota.

During breakout sessions, faculty members and students with expertise on China from SCSU and other universities throughout the Midwest shared their work and research.

Designed to ignite a passion for China within the greater St. Cloud area, the symposium is being followed by development of a proposal for a China Center at SCSU, according to Assistant Professor Kathryn Johnson, special eduation, who is symposium director. The center will be dedicated to uniting and promoting China initiatives within higher education, K-12 programs and the business community.

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