Union, NJ - The China in the World conference at Kean University will focus on the growth, progress and influence of China, both within its own borders and around the globe. From April 7-8, the two-day event will explore China’s influence in Africa, Latin America and Asia through lectures by Chinese scholars and an expert panel discussion. The conference is open to the public and especially designed for K-16 teachers of social studies, international relations and the humanities. Register now at http://www.kean.edu/china-world-conference

“While the world is seeking solutions to current social and economic problems, many nations have found China’s progress encouraging and inspiring,” said Xurong Kong, Kean University Assistant Professor and conference organizer. “This conference aims to help attendees acquire and enrich a scholarly understanding of China’s role.”

The conference will feature lectures by leading scholars examining China's extended reach around the world. Howard French, Senior Writer for The New York Times and Associate Professor of Journalism and Photography at Columbia University, will deliver the program’s keynote China in Africa.  Peter Winn, Professor of Global History and International Relations at Tufts University and Senior Research Associate at Columbia University's Institute of Latin American Studies will discuss the topicChina in Latin America

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On Friday, April 8, a workshop and panel discussion will examine key readings that illuminate the role of China in the world.  The panel will examine the “China Model," a political system that is neither strictly authoritarian nor fully democratic, and its influence in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The expert panel also includes: D. S. Rajan, Distinguished Fellow, Chennai Centre for China Studies; Lu Yanxin, Associate Professor, Nankai University; Lawrence Chang, Professor of Political Science, Kean University. Sue Gronewold, Kean University Associate Professor of Asian History and World History Program Director, will serve as moderator.  The conference is sponsored by the Kean University department of Asian Studies, the Kean University department of History, the Center for History, Politics and Policy at Kean University, the Kean University Office of Admissions and the Confucius Institute at Rutgers University.



Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit Kean online at www.kean.edu.