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News and Events: January-March 2014

Vanderbilt-Wesleyan College Research Symposium

March 4-6, 2014
Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou University

A delegation of Vanderbilt professors traveled to Guangzhou to give presentations on the American Experience  during Vanderbilt’s spring break. Thanks to a generous grant from the US Embassy in Beijing obtained by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the ten-person group including professors from both Wesleyan and Vanderbilt spoke at colloquia at two universities in the Guangzhou area. The group spoke at Sun Yat-Sen University on Tuesday, March 4th and at Guangzhou University, the site of Wesleyan College’s American Cultural Center, on Thursday, March 6th. For information about Wesleyan College’s Chinese initiatives, including information about their Confucius Institute and the opening of their ACC, please click here. The Vanderbilt professors who attended, as well as the titles of their presentations, are as follows:

Vanessa Beasley, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of American Studies – U.S. Presidents’ Mixed Messages on Immigration, 1880-2000

Jennifer Fay, Associate Professor of Film Studies and English – The Image of American Nuclearism

Ken MacLeish, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society – Psychic Wounds of War: Mental Illness and the U.S. Military

Graham Reside, Assistant Professor of Divinity – The Role and Place of Religion in the American National Identity

The U.S-China Center would like to thank both Sun Yat-Sen University and Guangzhou University for accommodating Vanderbilt’s delegation, as well as Wesleyan College for their tireless efforts in helping to coordinate the event. We look forward to continued collaborations with all parties involved.

Sun Yat-Sen University Exchange with Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music

March 9-15, 2014
Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt community and the city of Nashville at large were treated to a truly wonderful opportunity, as members of the Sun Yat-Sen University Office of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage visited Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music as part of a musical exchange program undertaken between the two universities. The Chinese delegation included faculty members and the Lingnan Opera League, a student group performing traditional Chinese opera. The delegation was able to interact with music and theatre students during class visits each day during their stay and were able to explore both Vanderbilt and greater Nashville. The visit culminated in their March 14th performance at the Turner Recital Hall, an event that drew a capacity crowd. Please check back soon, as the US-China Center hopes to have the full performance posted online in the coming days. 

The US-China Center, the Blair School of Music, and Vanderbilt University would like to thank the delegation, and all parties look forward to the upcoming Vanderbilt Opera visit to Sun Yat-Sen University in May. 

Ninth Annual Educational Leadership Learning Exchange

March 15-29, 2014

The Educational Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE) is a joint program, originally created through Vanderbilt and South China Normal University. The main focus of the program is international educational exchange and discussion between principals from Metropolitan Public Schools of Nasvhille (MPSN) and their counterparts in Guangzhou. From March 16-29, sixteen MPSN principals were able to travel to Guangzhou, and through their two weeks there, they were able to come away with a much deeper understanding of China, its culture, and the Chinese education system. For more information on the ELLE program in general please visit their website.

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