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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,” will include 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.
Communication Arts Professor Zhongdang Pan, who will offer one of the UW keynotes, said the relationship dates to at least 2005, when he led a 10-day summer workshop on social science research methods held at the Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province-based Zhejiang University (ZU). Two years later, Professor Pan’s department hosted a visiting scholar, Prof. Fei Wu, from Zhejiang University, who went on to become Dean of the ZU College of Media and International Culture.
“Starting in 2012, I visited ZU annually,” said Professor Pan, noting that he was joined in various years by UW colleagues, including Communication Arts Professor Jonathan Gray, Journalism Professor Lew Friedland and others. Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication were also active in this relationship, led by Chinese social media expert Guobin Yang, who has given recent lectures in Madison and in Hangzhou.
Then in December, ZU’s Dean Wu invited the UW’s College of Letters & Science Associate Dean Sue Zaeske and Communication Arts Chair Michael Xenos to visit Hangzhou and discuss further collaborations. Professor Pan said those discussions are ongoing, but have already helped spur the launch of a new journal that he and Guobin Yang will co-edit, “Communication and the Public,” slated for a 2016 launch and to be published by Zhejiang University with Sage Publications.
“We hope that with the journal, the collaboration will lead to a product that could benefit the field of communication research as a whole,” said Professor Pan.
At the June 13-14 conference, Professors Pan and Xenos will be joined by UW Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Dhavan Shah, to give keynote addresses, while UW Professor Jenell Johnson will also be making the trip to China to join a related workshop. The conference will focus on new media technologies, rural and urban participation rates, public engagement and related themes.
The conference is sponsored by Zhejiang University’s College of Media and International Culture, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts, and by the Wisconsin China Initiative.
The WCI sponsorship is through the Shanghai Seminar Series grant program, which the WCI administers for the Division of International Studies. Click here to see more on the Shanghai Seminar Series program.
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Go Badgers!!!! 獾子加油！！！！
Shanghai Badgers had to gather Sunday morning (which was Saturday night game time in Indianapolis) at the Camel Sports Bar on Yueyang Road to join March Madness and watch the men's basketball team play in the Final Four -- and celebrate in their historic victory over Kentucky. The Wisconsin Alumni Association's Shanghai Chapter organizes this and other events for their active group of loyal Badgers. If you are in the Shanghai region, be sure to head back to the Camel Bar (Puxi location, NO.1 Yueyang lu, near Dongping lu Xuhui District上海徐汇区岳阳路1号，近东平路) Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. China time, to watch the NCAA Championship game!
Yao Yang, of Peking University in Beijing, passed the "red caps" table as he entered Memorial Union's Tripp Commons Tuesday afternoon to give a lecture on China's economic growth. (Photos by Chris Frazee, Media Solutions, UW School of Medicine and Public Health.)
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."
Dean Yao is an alum of the UW-Madison, having earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the UW-Madison in 1996. The current chair of his home department, AAE Professor Ian Coxhead, introduced Dean Yao as a distinguished economist who helps provide perspective, comments on China today, and offers prognostications about China's future.
The lecture, "Understanding the Political Economy of China's Economic Growth," looked at the evolution of what Yao calls a "selectocracy" in today's China, which has ties to the scholar classes of imperial times but adds a new emphasis on party loyalty, economic growth and other factors.
"Performance, particularly economic performance, is an important criterion for promotion," Dean Yao explained, showing charts from his research to document how economic incentives can help compensate for the losses caused by corruption.
After the talk, Dean Yao was presented with a men's basketball "Big 10 Champions" t-shirt by student Tammy Tian, a junior and the co-founder of the student group Project Pengyou. (See photo.)
In addition to the Red Cap lecture, Dean Yao also met with faculty and graduate students (including several current PhDs at UW-Madison who graduated from his think tank at Peking University) and gave a talk to the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economic, “Competence versus Incentive: Evidence from City Officials in China.”
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