For the fourth year in a row, St. Ambrose has embarked on a yearlong project series of lectures, films, concerts, artistic performances and exhibits, all related to a common theme. With the Darwin, Migration and Ubiquity of Work series in its wake, St. Ambrose headed east this year for a series on China.
"China is a diverse nation with more than 5,000 years of rich history, and also a rising superpower boasting the world's second-largest and fastest-growing economy," said project organizer Ryan Dye, PhD, history professor and director of international education. "It's a fitting focus for this year's series and an exciting one, as well."
"China Project: The Awakening Dragon" is exploring China's global impact-both past and present-while bringing into focus the university's commitment to intercultural engagement. Lecturers have included Robin Groesbeck from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum; Distinguished Professor of History at CUNY Queen's College Morris Rossabi; and national best-selling novelist Bo Caldwell.
Upcoming events include a Chinese New Year celebration; a lecture by the director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Lan Samantha Chang; and the Orchid Ensemble, a concert blending ancient Chinese musical instruments and traditions.