The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education presents Beyond the Great Wall: The Unknown Side of China on July 18. This one-day course will go beyond the familiar image of China represented by the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square and examine lesser known aspects of Chinese culture, society, and economics.
The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education presents Beyond the Great Wall: The Unknown Side of China on July 18. This one-day course will go beyond the familiar image of China represented by the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square and examine lesser known aspects of Chinese culture, society, and economics. Attendees will hear from people who have spent their lives working and living in China and researching intriguing elements of Chinese culture. First, an introductory presentation will provide an overview of modern China with an eye towards traveling there and getting off the beaten path. China also has a booming contemporary art scene, including photography, new media, sculpture, and painting. Diane Willow, an artist and professor who has been working in China on interactive art projects and collaborative exchanges with artists in Beijing, will talk about the dynamic contemporary art scene there.
After lunch, there will be a discussion about how China has been represented in the United States through the media and how these representations are tied into history and politics. Attendees will examine newspaper articles, textbooks, films, journals, interviews, and literature with an eye towards unraveling some of the representations (or mis-representations) of China today. Finally, the day will end with a look at China's changing and growing role in the world economy.
Seth Werner, M.S. marketing research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, teaches in the marketing department at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University in education policy, comparative and international development education with a focus on China. He recently returned from a nine-month sabbatical spent in China.
Diane Willow is an artist and associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. Previously she was an artist in residence and researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Her work is multi-modal, including interactive art, sound art, and experimental media. She has extensive experience exhibiting and creating site-specific installations in China.
Li Yang is pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative and international development education through the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Li was born and grew up in Xinjiang, one of the most multicultural and multilingual places of China, and is interested in intercultural communication and education. Before coming to Minnesota, she was a lecturer of English literature and Mandarin Chinese in Xinjiang University for five years.
Visit http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/CC-0188.html for more information.