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International Seminar Series: Making Sense of Propaganda in Communist China, October 23

The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State University campus and the Bloomington-Normal community weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political, and social topics.

The Fall 2019 series will focus on contemporary China. The talks are free and open to the public and occur every Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.

October 23
Quliang He
“Making Sense of Propaganda in Communist China”

This talk focuses on a range of communist China party-sponsored cultural products or activities—such as urban design, motion pictures, novels, and storytelling—to reexamine the efficacy of state propaganda in communist China, particularly during Mao’s times (1949-1976). He is associate professor of history at Illinois State. His main field is cultural history in 20th-century China.

October 30
Jessica Li
“Exploring the Development of Ethical Business Culture in China”

In this talk, Li will cover the impact of historical, cultural, economic, and political factors in the development of Chinese ethical business culture. Li is an associate professor and program director of human resource development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

November 6
Maria Boerngen
“Impact of Chinese Trade Relations on Illinois and U.S. Agriculture”

During this seminar, Boerngen will provide context on the importance of Chinese agricultural trade to the Illinois and U.S. economies, describe the current state of trade relations, and discuss the short-term impacts and potential long-term consequences of this trade war on the agriculture sector. Boerngen is an assistant professor of agribusiness at Illinois State University. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural and consumer economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in international and policy economics.

November 13
Chang Su-Russell
“Parents’ Childbearing Decisions in the Era of the Two-Child Policy in Mainland China”

November 20
Archana Shekara
“Designing Cross-Cultural Awareness Through Typography: Understanding Heritage and Cultural Identity of China”

This presentation will describe teaching methodologies adopted in the advanced typography course at Shanghai Normal University and the Special Topics in Graphic Design course at Illinois State. Shekara is an associate professor of graphic design at Illinois State. She is a multidisciplinary socio-cultural designer, and design researcher with 23 years of professional experience designing for diverse industry clients.

For more information, contact the Office of International Studies and Program at (309) 438-5276, or go to the website.

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