Fudan Talks Draw Student, Faculty Interestby Steve Charles • February 22, 2012
- Students and faculty packed Center Hall’s largest classroom Monday to hear Professor Lizhu Fan, Dean of the School of Social Development and Public Policy, speak about “Religious Revival and Development in Contemporary China.”
- Wabash Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and History Qian Zhu Pullen introduced Dean Fan.
- Dean Fan offered statistics and information about the increasing role of religion in contemporary China.
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy Mark Brouwer asks a question. Brouwer is one of many Wabash faculty who is incorporating Asian Studies into his scholarship and teaching.
- Dean Fan from the podium in Center 216
- Associate Professor of Religion David Blix ’70 enjoys a lighter moment during the talk.
- Students applaud Dean Fan's presentation.
- Professor Qian Zhu Pullen talks with a student and visiting alumnus Ray Jovanovich ’84.
- Dean Fan listens to Professor Brouwer.
- Professor Blix and Dean Fan relax after the talk.
- Professor of Communications Na Chen begins his talk,
- Professor Chen will join the Wabash faculty as a visiting professor in the fall and offer classes in the Religion and Rhetoric departments.
- Professor Chen takes questions following his talk.
- Professor Chen talks with Ray Jovanovich ’84.
- Dean of the College Gary Phillips talks with Professor Chen.
- A faculty leader in the College Asian Studies initiative, Professor of Economics Kay Widdows talks with Professor Chen.
- Ray Jovanovich ’84
- Dean Fan laughs with Wabash Professor James Makubuya during her walk around the campus.
- President Pat White catches up with former Wabash professor and current DePauw Professor of Economics Bert Barreto, who is a member of that university's contingent working with Wabash on the Asian Studies program.
Students and faculty packed Center Hall’s largest classroom Monday and Tuesday to hear lectures by professors from China’s Fudan University, the College’s newest partner in its efforts to provide students with opportunities in Asian Studies.
Professor Lizhu Fan, Dean of the School of Social Development and Public Policy, spoke on Monday about “Religious Revival and Development in Contemporary China” to an audience which included faculty colleagues from DePauw University, the College’s partner in the $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help both schools establish the Asian Studies program.
On Tuesday, Professor Na Chen of Fudan’s School of Communications delivered a lecture that took a close look at some of the cultural differences between China and the West that can lead to our misunderstanding one another. Professor Chen ended his talk, titled “Created Equal or Born Equal,” stating his own personal determination to promote intercultural understanding.
The talks were among the highlights of the first visit to the College by Fudan University since Wabash President Pat White, Dean of the College Gary Phillips, Qian ZhuPullen, the College’s first tenure-track professor in Chinese language and history, and Economics Professor Kay Widdows visited Fudan and East China Normal University in mid-October.
"After enjoying the hospitality of Fudan University in Shanghai last October, we are very glad to be able to welcome Dean Fan and Dr. Chen to Wabash College,” President Patrick White said on the eve of the visit. “Fudan is one of China's greatest universities, and we are glad to have the opportunity to share the Wabash experience of distinguished liberal arts education for men with our colleagues from Fudan
“Wabash has found in Fudan University a partner with a great interest in the Wabash mission to educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.”