This month was an exciting month for six Pace faculty members who recently visited China as part of the Confucius Institute’s first faculty seminar. I hope it has laid the foundation for a broader set of relationships with the Chinese Academic community as they return with new knowledge and insights that will be useful for developing new courses, areas for research and scholarship, and faculty cooperation with Chinese universities.
The participating faculty came from a variety of backgrounds, fields, and perspectives to take part in intensive courses in Chinese language and culture that culminated in the two-week trip to China. They all had a similar goal: to enrich their understanding of their fields and gain first-hand experiences and a global perspective—all of which are critical to Pace delivering on its promise to develop thinking professionals who are prepared to lead in this truly global economy.
Some of the fields of examination and proposed new courses include:
- Art Professor and Chair Linda Herritt’s foray into the contemporary Chinese art scene
- Criminal Justice and Security Professor and Chair Joseph Ryan’s study of Confucianism as a tool in understanding justice
- Assistant Professor of English Deborah Poe’s examination of contemporary Chinese film and literature
- Chair of the Westchester English and Modern Language Studies Department Rebecca Martin’s course on contemporary Chinese literature
- Economics and Finance Professor P.V. Viswanath’s new course on the impact of culture and society on the development of financial markets in China
- Economics professors Joseph Morreale, Anna Shostya, and Mark Weinstock’s new program focused on Chinese economic and cultural development and the increasing role of China and U.S. relations in the world economy
You can learn more about the details of this program in the spring issue of Pace Magazine.
I know how interesting and thought-provoking experiences like this can be. I spent a week in China last December visiting Chinese universities, and it was a fascinating experience. You may want to look at Rebecca Martin’s blogs about the group’s trip and her impressions of the country on the Dyson Blog.
Stephen J. Friedman