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From Antiquity to Modernity: Riding the Rails Across China, Summer 2006

November 04, 2006

Category: Academics, English, Events


Dr. Andrew Morris"Imagine a country that is both ancient and modern at one and the same time. Imagine a country where over half a billion people live in astounding poverty. Imagine a country where every day tens of thousands move from their rural impoverished villages to ever-growing mega-cities, a country both beautiful and despoiled. China is all this and more."

The above quote from Dr. Andrew Morris offers a preview of his November 21 presentation at the Catawba College Community Forum. During the summer of 2006, Dr. Morris backpacked across the seldom visited interior of China. "I observed," he writes, "a society that is profoundly different from the United States — culturally, politically, etc." In his presentation, Dr. Morris will explore those differences and examine "why it matters that America's second largest trading partner is experiencing change as never before."

J. Andrew Morris obtained his undergraduate degree and MBA at Winthrop University before completing a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, with a minor in International Business, at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Morris taught business at the University of South Carolina, at UNC-Charlotte, at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and at Catawba College before moving to his present position as Associate Professor of Management at California State University, Channel Islands. He has also worked with the Federal Land Bank in Columbia, South Carolina and served with the United States Army in Alaska. While on the faculty at Catawba, Dr. Morris received the Paul Fisher Community Service Award and the Phi Epsilon Award for service to the college. His poetry was long a standing feature of the college literary magazine, The Arrowhead.

Come hear Dr. Morris in person at what promises to be a fascinating edition of the Catawba College Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the campus of Catawba College. Admission, as always, is free.