Austin College Hosts Asia Week Speaker
SHERMAN, TEXAS—Austin College’s 2014 Asia Week will be highlighted by the presentation "Civil Revolt Part II – Social Movements under Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s Second Term" by Dr. Ketty Chen on Thursday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center Room 231. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the adjacent Johnson Gallery.
The speech is based on Chen’s experiences of the past year. She was awarded the Taiwan Fellowship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and spent the year conducting field work on social movements and the quality of democracy in Taiwan.
Chen received her doctorate in political science from the University of Oklahoma. Her specialized fields are in comparative politics (democratization), international relations and political philosophy). She also holds master’s degrees in political science and international relations from the University of Oklahoma and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from Southern Methodist University.
Chen's research papers and articles appeared in publications such as The Diplomat, Taiwan International Studies Quarterly, University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute blog, Taipei Times, and The Chronicle Herald. She is the author of a number of papers including, “Disciplining Taiwan – The Kuomintang’s Methods of Control during the White Terror Era”, “From Hegemonic Party to Catch-All Party – The Political Transformation of the KMT” and “The End of One-Party Dominance – A Comparative study of Taiwan and Mexico.” She has been interviewed and quoted in a number of publications and media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Voice of America, The South China Morning Post, Libération, Le Monde, and Belingske. She also appeared on Al Jazeera-English as a commentator during the 2012 presidential election in Taiwan.
Chen became a regular contributor of University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute this year. She is also authoring journal articles based on her observation on Taiwan’s social movements and redrafting her doctoral dissertation into a book.
In addition to the lecture, Jennifer Johnson, Austin College associate professor of Chinese, will host a workshop Tuesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center, Room 231, for students interested in major study abroad scholarships such as Gilman or Boren, as well as post-graduate experiences such as Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, Fulbright opportunities, and similar programs.
The World on Wednesday scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Moseley Room of Wright Campus Center will feature an East Asia Panel of students who have studied in China and Japan within the past year.
The Asian studies program introduces students to different aspects of Asian societies and cultures through interdisciplinary study. Through examination of the many cultures of ancient and modern Asia from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, students develop an appreciation for diversity as well as a deeper awareness of themselves and western culture in the context of the larger world. Both majors and minors are available in Asian studies. Additionally, students may major in East Asian languages and cultures, with Chinese, Japanese, or comparative culture concentrations.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation in academic excellence, international study, pre-professional preparation, leadership development, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allows a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.