MSSU China Semester

China Themed Semester Speakers

Dr. Shaomin Li:

 Dr. Shaomin Li:Dr. Shaomin Li is a professor of international business at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Born in China in 1956, he witnessed the rise of Mao, the Great Leap Forward and the subsequent famine (1958-1963), and the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). With only three years of grade school, Dr. Li entered Peking University through self-learning and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Princeton. In 2001, he was detained by the Chinese secret police for his pro-democracy activities. Under strong condemnation from the international community and the heavy criticism from the U.S. government, the Chinese government released him after five months’ detention.

Presentations:

In the Eye of the Hurricane
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Why China Thrives Despite Corruption
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. John Kennedy:

 Dr. John Kennedy:Dr. John Kennedy is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas where he teaches courses on Chinese domestic politics, political development, and research methods. He has published articles in Asian Survey, The China Quarterly, the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and the Journal of Political Science Education. He has spent several years living in China and has returned at least two or three times a year since 1994. His research interests are in the areas of institutional change and political reform in rural China.

Presentations:

Two Worlds, Single Country:
The Rural and Urban Divide in China
9:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Democratizing or Legitimizing the Authoritarian Regime: Political Reform in China Since 1989
11:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Ding Xiang:

 Dr. Ding Xiang:Dr. Ding Xiang Warner is an associate professor of Chinese literature in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University, where she teaches courses on classical Chinese, traditional Chinese literature, and medieval Chinese poetry. She is the author of A Wild Deer Amid Soaring Phoenixes: The Opposition Poetics of Wang Ji (University of Hawaii Press, 2003) and is presently working on her second book, tentatively titled Textual Production and the Creation of a Confucian Legacy. In 2004–05, Dr. Warner was an NEH fellow at the National Humanities Center. Currently, she serves on the executive committees of the MLA’s Division on East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900 and the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society. She is also editor of the journal T’ang Studies, as well as the co-editor of the Brill Monograph Series for Studies in the History of Chinese Texts.

Presentations:

Eloquence in the Mandarin Court: The Place of Poetry in the Life of Chinese Court-Officials
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Andrew Mertha:

 Dr. Andrew Mertha:Dr. Andrew Mertha is an assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is the author of two books: Water Warriors: Political Pluralization in China’s Hydropower Policy (estimated publication date, March 2008) and The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China. He has been a visiting scholar at Beijing University’s Research Center for Contemporary China and at Stanford’s Asia/Pacific Research Center.

Presentations:

The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China
9:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Six Things That Every Businessperson Should Know About China
11:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Nick Turland:

 Nick Turland:Nick Turland is an associate curator in the research division of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He joined the staff there in 1997 to work on the Flora of China Project, moving from his native England where he had worked in the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum, London. Professor Turland is now co-director of the Flora of China Project, which is coordinated from St. Louis and involves 11 institutions in China, the United States, and Europe. He has traveled to China five times for fieldwork, workshops, and Flora of China editorial meetings, and is due to go there again in August 2007. Professor Turland is also a specialist in botanical nomenclature — the international rules for the scientific naming of plants — and is actively involved in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, which is revised at the International Botanical Congresses held every six years. Since 1984, Professor Turland has also had a deep interest in the flora of Greece, especially the South Aegean island of Crete, and has published several books and articles on that region.

Presentations:

The Flora of China: An International Project to Describe the 31,000 Wild Plants of China
7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Travels in China for Botanical Field Work
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Henry Rosemont, Jr.:

 Dr. Henry Rosemont, Jr.:Dr. Henry Rosemont Jr. is regarded as one of the top Confucian scholars in the world. He is concurrently the George B. and Willma Reeves Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and senior consulting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Dr. Rosemont holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington and an honors A.B. from the University of Illinois. He pursued post-doctoral studies in linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969-71, studying with Noam Chomsky. He is the author of A Chinese Mirror (1991), Rationality and Religious Experience (2001), Radical Confucianism (forthcoming 2007), and more than 60 articles and reviews in anthologies and scholarly journals.

Presentations: 

Confucian Role Ethics: A Moral Foundation for Human Rights
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

China and the U.S.: Who Threatens Who?
7:00 p.m., Thusday, Sept. 27, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Chen Jian:

 Dr. Chen Jian:Dr. Chen Jian is the Michael J. Zak Professor of History for U.S.-China Relations and director of the China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program at Cornell University. He is also a Zijiang Distinguished Visiting Professor at East China Normal University. He received his M.A. from Fudan University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1990. He previously taught at East China Normal University, Tibetan Nationality College, SUNY-Geneseo, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Virginia. He was a Norwegian Nobel Institute Fellow, a U.S. Institute of Peace Senior Fellow, and a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Chen is regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars in the areas of Chinese international history, Chinese-American relations, and the Cold War. Among his many publications are China’s Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Chinese-American Confrontation (1994), Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia (1996, co-editor), and Mao’s China and the Cold War (2001).

Presentations:

The Harry and Bernice Gockel International Symposium:
The "China Challenge" as Myth and Reality
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept 27, 2007
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Encountering the Rising China: Three Challenges Facing Sino-American Relations
7:00 p.m., Thusday, Sept. 27, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Maorong Jiang:

 Dr. Maorong Jiang:Dr. Maorong Jiang is director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University, where he specializes in Asian politics and international relations. Born and raised in China, Dr. Jiang started his teaching career at the age of 18. After obtaining his B.A., he became a regular faculty in the Department of International Relations at the Military College of International Relations in China. Dr. Jiang pursued his graduate studies at Beijing Foreign Affairs College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His varied academic training reflects his interests in history, religion, philosophy, diplomacy, international relations, and political science. In addition to having been a military officer and university professor, Dr. Jiang has served as a university administrator and government official in Beijing. He earned his master’s degree in Asian religion and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Presentations:

Uncontested Nationalism and Realpolitik in China’s
Changing Relations with the U.S.

11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Modern China and Chinese Past: A Political Analysis
of China-Japan-Taiwan Triangle
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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George Heim

George Heim is a graduate of Lamar High School and College of the Ozarks, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. He has been engaged in the firework industry for the last 30 years and has been importing consumer and display fireworks for more than 20 years. He has traveled extensively in China during the last 20 years.

Currently, Mr. Heim is engaged in the importing of containers for U.S. industries and factories. These services include the import, consolidation, and shipment of products including, but not limited to, plastics, packaging materials, industrial parts, fireworks, and automotive parts.

Presentations:

Doing Business in China: The New Entrepreneurs
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Arnold Berney

Arnold Berney is a vice president and corporate officer of Leggett & Platt. He is president of L&P’s Asia division and chairman of a number of L&P operations in China. Mr. Berney has also held management positions with Super Sagless Company, Ramsey Winch and Auto Crande, and TRW Inc.

Presentations:

Doing Business in China: The New Entrepreneurs
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Melanie Pellham

Melanie Pellham has been an integral part of the Pellham Commercial International LLC in Springfield since 2000. Pellham is helping to open at least 10 Incredible Pizza locations in China by 2009.

Presentations:

Doing Business in China: The New Entrepreneurs
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Gregg Ward

A 1992 Missouri Southern graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management, Gregg Ward has 16 years’ experience in wholesale sales to major retailers. At Sunbeam Outdoor products, he led the Wal-Mart sales team from a $16 million program in 1998 to an $86 domestic program and a $50 private licensing direct import program in 2000. In 2001, he worked with Brinkmann to establish a Wal-Mart team office in Bentonville to support the Wal-Mart functions for Brinkmann.

Mr. Ward worked with the product development team to develop a line of gas BBQ grills from China. In 2003, he worked with the Great Outdoor Grill Company to source and manufacture gas BBQ grills from China. He was integrally involved in the design, factory sourcing, and production of the gas grill program. Today, he owns and manages a consulting and representative company specializing in business at Wal-Mart.

Presentations:

Doing Business in China: The New Entrepreneurs
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Brent Kembell

Brent Kembell is a Commercial Banking Officer for UMB Bank in Springfield. Prior to joining the bank, he spent three years in public accounting working for KPM CPAs in Springfield.

Mr. Kembell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Missouri State University in 2002, and followed with a Masters in Accounting in 2003. Before beginning his business career, he took a year-long position as an instructor at Missouri State University’s branch campus in Dalian, China. He taught economics and accounting courses, founded the business club, and participated on the school’s basketball club team.

While in China, Mr. Kembell immersed himself in the Chinese culture. He learned Mandarin from locals in tea houses and became friends with many government officials and businessmen. With invitations to business/government relationship building dinners and events, he was able to gain a unique understanding of Chinese business and cultural etiquette.

Presentations:

Doing Business in China: The New Entrepreneurs
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Dr. Victoria Liu:

 Dr. Victoria Liu:Dr. Victoria Liu, a 2001 MSSU graduate, earned a Ph.D. in cellular physiology and cancer research at Northwestern University in June 2007. She has started a post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Presentations:

From the Heartland of China to the Heartland of America
10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Christine Jorgensen:

 Christine Jorgensen:Christine Jorgensen, a licensed clinical social worker, and her husband, Professor James Jorgensen, have taught in China on four separate occasions. She lived in the work unit for the China Youth College of Political Science and taught various aspects of social work. Her travels in China include Harbin, Tibet, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Xian, Chengdu, the Panda Research Center, Chengde, Tianjin, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Three Gorges, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau. Ms. Jorgensen’s background includes casework experience in the Cook County (Ill.) Department of Welfare, Denver County Social Services and at The Children’s Hospital, Denver, as coordinator and co-director of the Child Advocacy Team as well as assistant director of clinical social work and adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

Presentations: 

One Life to Live: Born in China...What is Your Future?
9:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

The Young and the Restless: Dating, Marriage, and Career Mobility in China
11:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

The Golden Years and Grave Justice: The Social Safety Net — Whole or Full of Holes?
1:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Ilan Alon:

 Ilan Alon:Dr. Ilan Alon is the Petters Chair of International Business and the executive director of the Rollins China Center at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He is the author, editor, and co-editor of seven books relating to international business, including Chinese Economic Transition and International Marketing Strategy (Praeger, 2003); Chinese Culture, Organizational Behavior, and International Business Management (Quorum, 2003); and International Franchising in Emerging Markets: China, India, and Other Asian Countries (CCH Inc., 2001). Dr. Alon is a recipient of the Chinese Marketing Award and the prestigious Rollins College McKean Award for his work on education in China. He has taught courses in top Chinese MBA programs, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, and the China Europe International Business School.

Presentations and Events:

The Evolving Socio-Economic and Political Landscape of International Business in China
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Dr. Diana Ahmad

 Dr. Diana AhmadDr. Diana Ahmad is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Her book, The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws, examines how the spread of opium-smoking fueled racism and created demands for the removal of the Chinese from American life.

Presentations:

The Dragon Sleeps: The Smoking Opium Business in the 19th Century American West
9:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2007
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Feng Lei

 Feng LeiFeng Lei, a Chinese university English lecturer at Beijing Jiaotong University, is spending the fall semester at MSSU. She received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Hebei Teachers’ University and her master’s degree in English linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is also responsible for the Voice of Campus (VOC) English radio program at Beijing Jiaotong University.

Presentations:

Tigers and Rats and Snakes, Oh My! Chinese Zodiac Symbols — Fact or Fantasy?
11:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Zhou Long

 Dr. Zhou LongZhou Long is recognized internationally for creating a unique body of music that brings together the aesthetic concepts and musical elements of East and West. Deeply grounded in the spectrum of his Chinese heritage — particularly its philosophical and spiritual ideals — he is a pioneer in combining the idiomatic sounds and techniques of ancient Chinese musical traditions with contemporary Western ensembles and compositional forms. His creative vision has resulted in a new music that achieves an exciting and fertile common ground. A member of the first composition class at the reopened Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Dr. Zhou came to the United States in 1985 on a fellowship at Columbia University, where he studied with Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, and George Edwards. Dr. Zhou is currently a visiting professor of composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Presentations:

Composing Music Between Countries
1:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Ethan Michelson

 Dr. Ethan MichelsonDr. Ethan Michelson is an assistant professor of sociology and east Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research on Chinese lawyers, grievances and disputing in rural China, and newspaper legal advice columns in urban China has been published in the top journals in his fields, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, The China Quarterly, and Social Problems. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Presentations:

Family Planning in Rural China
10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Sources of Conflict in Rural China
11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2007
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Michael Edwards

 Michael EdwardsMichael Edwards, a senior international studies major, spent two years in China teaching English and studying at the Communication University of China in Beijing.

Presentations:

Appreciation Rarely Appears First: A Testimonial from an MSSU Student Who Spent Two Years in China
On request
Please contact Dr. Chad Stebbins (stebbins-c@mssu.edu) to schedule a presentation

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