The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with the China region and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed in the International Division at the University of Madison. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis.
Roach to give talk on China economics Thursday
Are investor concerns over a "crash-landing scenario" for the Chinese economy overblown? UW alumnus Stephen Roach ('68 BA Economics) thinks so, and he will be on campus Homecoming Week 2015 to give a public lecture on China's economic scene.
His talk, "China's Hard Landing: Fact or Fiction?" will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Law School's Lubar Commons (Room 7200).
Dr. Roach is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. He will address the recent devaluation of China's currency, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to America and more at this free public lecture. Co-sponsored by the Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Wisconsin China Initiative.
He offered the inaugural "Red Cap" Lecture on China & Global Economics in April 2014. His most recent book, "Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China," examines the risks and challenges in the Sino-US relationship.
UW Madison Design Professor Wei Dong has created a multi-sensory exhibit based on Feng Shui concepts.
Feng Shui is focus of new SoHE exhibit
“Chinese Feng Shui is not only a design concept, but also a philosophy that can be applied to all aspects of living, art and design,” explained UW-Madison Design Professor Wei Dong.
His new exhibit at the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), “Harmonious Spaces: Wei Dong and Feng Shui Culture,” is intended to offer a multi-sensory experience of that philosophy, allowing the visitor to move under moon gates and bridges, listen to the sound of water, and enjoy paintings and design related to the concepts of yin and yang.
The exhibit will be in place at SoHE’s Ruth Davis Design Gallery through November 15. “Harmonious Spaces” encompasses 14 elements, including numerous paintings by Prof. Dong, Ming-era furniture, a video on feng shui, a twisting lattice panel bridge, and much more.
An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Sept. 27, and will include the following events:
- 3 – 4 p.m., “The Art and Cosmology of Feng Shui: A Conversation,” featuring Professor Wei Dong along with a panel of commentators (Historian Joe Dennis, Design Studies Professor Terry Boyd, and Ruth Davis Design Gallery Director Sherry Harlacher).
- 4-5 p.m. Reception with traditional Chinese music, dance and food.
Professor Dong will also hold a brush painting demonstration on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. He will offer lessons to children and the young-at-heart during the Conference for Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Well Being, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at SoHE.
Special tours for students and other groups can be arranged by contacting the Design Gallery directly at 608-262-8815. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sundays, noon – 4 p.m.
Yin is new director of Wisconsin China Initiative
Jerry C.P. Yin, professor in the Departments of Genetics and Neurology, has been named as the new faculty director of the Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI) by Vice Provost and Dean Guido Podestá of the University of Wisconsin–Madison International Division.
“Jerry brings to this important position a broad understanding not just of China, but of the East Asia region,” Podestá says. “He will play a leading role in our efforts to strengthen connections across the campus and to bring together faculty and staff who are interested and engaged in this region. In particular, he will be instrumental in developing more cross-campus collaborations with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and other centers in the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).”
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Research center in China named for UW professor
Beijing Normal University's faculty collaborations with the UW-Madison School of Education have recently resulted in a new research center named after UW-Madison’s own Professor Thomas Popkewitz.
"The Research Center of Popkewitz Studies" will produce translations into Chinese of 14 books on education by Dr. Popkewitz. It will also develop collaborative work with other Chinese and international universities, and hold international conferences.
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Zhejiang Conference features 3 UW Keynotes
by Laurie Dennis
The slate of keynote speakers at Zhejiang University’s June conference, “Communication and the Public: Social Media and Public Engagement,” included three faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This strong Badger showing is the result of a decade of increasing collaborations between the two major research universities’ communication faculty.
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The WCI sponsorship is through the Shanghai Seminar Series grant program, which the WCI administers for the International Division. See more on the Shanghai Seminar Series program.
Third 'Red Cap' lecture attracts full house
Yao Yang, Dean of Peking University's National School of Development and Director of the China Center for Economic Research, offered a lecture March 24 on how party loyalty and economic performance impact the promotion of leaders in China's government. Dean Yao spoke to a full-house audience of over 200 at Memorial Union's Tripp Commons.
The event was the third in the "Red Cap Lecture Series on China & Global Economics," which was launched by Wisconsin China Initiative Board Chair Wade Fetzer in 2014 to raise the "China literacy" of the campus. (Click on the link to read about the October 2014 Red Cap lecture by Dr. Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., and the April 2014 lecture by Dr. Stephen Roach of Yale University.)
"We don't want our students, when they are out in their careers, saying 'Well, why didn't I learn more about China when I was at Wisconsin?'" Mr. Fetzer said at the start of the lecture, wearing one of the "red caps" that are handed out at each event. "We're gradually getting the word out - this is our third speaker in the series, and this is our biggest turnout."
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