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Spring Semester China connections

XuWeixinSpring semester 2013 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison saw a number of delegations from institutions across China and visits by China specialists.   That included delegations and guest speakers focusing on China’s arts, history, politics, business, economics, law and more.  With over 2,000 students from China on campus each year, along with another 600 Chinese visiting scholars, the interactions between UW-Madison and Chinese partners are extensive and diverse.  Some highlights from Spring 2013 visitors include:

Xu Weixin 徐唯辛, Dean of the School of Arts at People’s University in Beijing, (photographed at right with Chazen Director Russell Panczenko) gave an April talk on contemporary art in China, including his own work using oil painting to explore the continuing impact of the Cultural Revolution.  Dean Xu toured the Art Department, the Chazen Museum of Art and the art lofts.  In an interview with Badger Herald reporter Muge Niu, Dean Xu said, “I didn’t expect to see such a beautiful and important university in the rather cold and remote Midwest region.  You have a great art museum, a vibrant academic atmosphere and a size that exceeded my expectations.

UhlOne of the History Department’s new China scholars, Professor Viren Murthy, hosted fellow intellectual historian Christian Uhl of Ghent University for a spring visit to campus.  Professor Uhl participated in several forums and gave a public lecture, "Philosophy and the Modern Order of Knowledge: How Global Capitalism Transformed Chinese Learning in Japan.” (Professor Uhl leads his lecture in the photograph at left.)

Among the longstanding partners of the East Asian Legal Studies Center is the Xiamen University Law School.  In mid April, Xiamen University’s Professor Cliff Manjiao Chi 池漫郊 was a guest on campus. An expert on World Trade Organization and investment law, Professor Chi met with students and gave a talk, "China & WTO Dispute Settlement."

SoochowSoochow University Vice President Tian Xiaoming 田哓明 led a delegation (at right, with President Tian the third from left) to UW-Madison in late April, meeting with the deans of both International Studies and the College of Letters & Science.  Vice President Tian also gave a public talk, “The History and Current Development of Modern Higher Education in China,” at which he noted that while his university was founded by Americans as Dongwu University, its first Chinese present, Yang Yongqing 杨永清, was a graduate student at the UW-Madison.  President Yang led Dongwu University from 1927-1952.

Professor Gordon Liu 刘国恩 of Peking University, a leading expert on Chinese health policy, visited Madison in May to give a public talk, "Political Economy of Health Reforms in China." His host was fellow health economist John Mullahy, who co-directs the UW-Madison’s Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program.

Professor Lu Wei 鲁炜, assistant dean of the School of Management at the University of Science and Technology of China visited the School of Business, toured the Biotechnology Center, and interacted with students pitching entrepreneurial ideas at Gener8tor Launch Day (photo below).



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