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"Year of China" Is Focus at Catawba during '08-'09

September 12, 2008

Category: Academics

Year of China at Catawba CollegeThe 2008-2009 academic year marks the "Year of China" at Catawba College, according to the institution's Glenn and Addie Ketner Center for International Studies.

A faculty-staff coordinating committee selected China as the focus for Catawba's inaugural "Year of …." program in part because of the focus that the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing brought to that country. In recent years, China, the most populous nation in the world, has emerged as a political and economic force, with Chinese products flooding the world's markets. Travel to China, once difficult and restrictive, is now routine.

According to Dr. Kurt Corriher, director of international studies, Catawba's "Year of …" program aims to increase awareness and understanding of foreign peoples and cultures, to promote the "internationalization" of the campus, and to help prepare students to succeed in the current era of globalization.

Year of China PosterSeveralEvents open to the public are scheduled, including two Community Forums. The first, offered at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 in Tom Smith Auditorium, wlll feature Dr. Sharon Sullivan, associate professor of mathematics, speaking on Ancient Chinese Mathematics and Chinese Art, and Mathematical Aspects of the Chinese Calendar. The second forum will be offered at 7:30 p.m. January 20, again in Tom Smith Auditorium, by Dr. Jack Green, associate professor of marketing, and students who participated in a summer 2008 China trip.

Several courses offered during the year include a unit on China. These include a political science course, "Introduction to Comparative Politics," taught this fall by Dr. Sanford Silverburg, featuring a unit on modern Chinese government and politics; an education course, a biology course, "Biodiversity," taught by Dr. Constance Rogers-Lowery this fall; "Regional Geography" taught in the spring by Dr. Gary Freeze with an emphasis on China; and a theatre arts course, "Asian Cinema,"  offered in the spring by Dr. Woody Hood, focusing on various regions of China including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing; and Western China.

Catawba's Office of Student Affairs will also offer some studentEvents with a Chinese theme to tie into the "Year of China" program.

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