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Asian studies in changing world to be topic of keynote at open house

April 15, 2011

Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom

By: Brianna Grinbaum ’11

Chapman University’s new interdisciplinary Asian studies minor within Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be officially welcomed at a Wednesday, April 27 open house.

The event, “Asian Studies in the 21st Century,” will also include a keynote talk by a leading Asian studies scholar and author, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Ph.D. The open house begins at 3 p.m. in Beckman 404 East Wing with welcoming remarks by Patrick Quinn, Ph.D., dean of Wilkinson College, followed by student poster presentations and a description of the new Asian studies minor.

The keynote address, “Asian Studies in an Era of Shape-Shifting Disciplines and a Fast-Changing World Order,” will be given by author and UC Irvine professor of history Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Ph.D., followed by a panel discussion with Chapman’s Asian studies faculty.

Dr. Wasserstrom is a specialist in Chinese history. He has published eight books and routinely writes commentaries and reviews for Time, Newsweek, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. In addition, he serves as editor of Journal of Asian Studies.

This event is free and open to all Chapman students, faculty and staff. For more information, please email Dr. Wenshan Jia at jia@chapman.edu or call  714-997-6725.

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