Faculty extend ties to China

Eight Knox professors traveled to China this fall, under a grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to the Knox College Center for Global Studies.

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

Knox College students wishing to walk the Great Wall of China and participate in an authentic Chinese New Year will get the opportunity, thanks to a new exchange program.

As part of a grant received by the Center for Global Studies at Knox, eight faculty members traveled to China in December with the goal of adding a little flair of China to their instruction and research. Michael Schneider, associate professor of history, and Robert Seibert, Robert W. Murphy Professor of Political Science, led the trip. They were joined by David Amor, instructor in anthropology-sociology; Diana Beck, associate professor of educational studies; Steve Cohn, professor of economics; Penny Gold, professor of history; Charles Schulz, professor of physics; and Shuyan Shipplett, lecturer in modern languages.

Schneider said the trip was just one part of a years-long process to expand the college’s Chinese studies program. Gu Limei of Fudan University in Shanghai taught a course at Knox in the fall of 2007, and the institution hopes to bring another visiting professor for the fall of 2008. In addition, the college hosted a year-long program of lectures, culminating in the Chinese ambassador visiting campus.

Knox professors Robert Seibert and Jason Helfer described their visits to China at the GREDA public forum.

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star (January 12, 2008):

To compete for businesses in the changing economy, GREDA is emphasizing its commitment to going global.

Officials from the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association and representatives of a Chinese delegation spoke to a crowd of more than 50 on Thursday at the Galesburg Public Library about efforts to strengthen relationships with Chinese cities.