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Public lecture explores the rise of China as a global power

September 20, 2013

A free, public lecture Oct. 16 hosted by Loyola University New Orleans will explore the rise of China as one of the world’s largest national economies. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Ph.D., of the University of California Irvine will detail the history behind the latest news headlines involving the country during the lecture, “China in Motion: A Cultural Historian’s View of a Fast-Changing Land.”

The event is set for 7 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114 located on Loyola’s main campus. Sponsored by the Loyola Department of History and the Biever Guest Lecture Series, the event is also held in conjunction with Tulane University’s “Rise of China” lecture series.

Wasserstrom is a leading scholar of modern China and the editor of the prestigious Journal of Asian Studies. He regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and is the author of “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.” He also contributes commentaries and reviews to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek.

According to Loyola history professor Rian Thum, Ph.D., China’s global rise is not simply chatter about a faraway land. It’s something of great importance to everyone, including Loyola students.

“China’s influence today largely rests on the promise of even greater power in the future. It is a promise that Loyola students should take seriously, because their lives are likely to be greatly affected by interactions with China in the coming decades,” Thum said. “The job market they enter, the colleagues they work with, the prices they pay for everyday goods, the Internet and apps they use, the fashions they wear, the music they listen to, the international political system they live in, the strength of the U.S. economy—all of these things are intimately bound to the fate of China.”

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