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Rollins Hosts 51st Annual AACS Conference

October 14, 2009

This weekend Rollins China Center will host the American Association for Chinese Studies 51st Annual Conference, where more than 100 scholars from China and around the world will come together to discuss a variety of topics including Social Change in China, Chinas Rise and its Implications and much more.

"We live in a global society and operate in a global economy," said Ilan Alon, Cornell Professor of International Business and executive director of Rollins China Center.  "We cannot teach business or any discipline in isolation from the world in which we live. Asia is taking center stage in world globalization and China is a force to educate people about the changing landscape of the world."

A highlight of the conference will be the open discussion When China Rules the World on Saturday, October 17 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Bush Auditorium. Moderated by Alon, and televised by Orange TV, panelists include:

  • Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science Editor, Asian Survey, University of California, Berkeley.

  • Robert Sutter, Visiting Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University.

  • Amir Shoham, Professor of Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy and Administration, and Community Health, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

  • Huang Jing: Visiting Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore.

  • David Ahlstrom, Professor of Business Management & Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Thomas Lairson, Ronald G. and N. Jayne Gelbman Professor of International Business and Professor of Political Science, Rollins College.

  • David Lamond, Associate Dean of Nottingham Business School Editor, Journal of Management History, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Background: The China Center at Rollins College is engaged in teaching, research and outreach programs that have contributed to Rollins internationalization efforts in China and beyond. Founded in 2003, the China Center was established by a group of faculty members with an interest in promoting Chinese culture. Today, the China Center on campus is part of a select network of organizations that promote cross-cultural learning.

Through the China Center, professors have taken undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni to study in various cities in China, including Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 2008, the first cohort of students finished three years of Chinese language education taught by Li Wei, lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

The China Center has hosted scholars from Harvard University, University of Southern California, Copenhagen Business School, Renmin University, East China University for Science and Technology, and Zhejian; University. In 2007, The China Center launched an inaugural international conference with more than 70 people attending, presenting and interacting about the role of China in the 21st century.

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