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UCO to Co-Host 'World of China' Workshop Offering Perspective on Culture, History and Philosophy

Aug. 19, 2013

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2103,


The University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Asian Studies Development Program affiliates invite university students, faculty and scholars interested in the philosophy, history and culture of China to attend the workshop “World of China: From Confucius to Deng Xiaoping” Sept. 12-14 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Quail Springs in Oklahoma City.           

Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D., assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the workshop is specifically geared toward those who are not experts on Chinese culture and history, and is an opportunity for these students and scholars to learn about the growing nation.           

“We pursue global competency as a part of our mission in transformative learning here at Central. Those working, teaching or majoring in a variety of fields will benefit from understanding Chinese culture,” Sheetz-Nguyen said.           

Thanks to a grant from OU’s Confucius Institute, the workshop is offered at an early registration discount to UCO and OU students, faculty and staff. Students can attend for $100, faculty and staff for $150. Visiting students and faculty can attend for $200. Registration costs include the hotel stay, workshop, breakfasts, lunches and workshop materials.           

The program includes a distinguished line up of presenters including Roger Ames, an expert in Chinese philosophy from the University of Hawaii; Peter Hershock, renowned researcher of Buddhism also from the University of Hawaii; Jeffery Dippman, a professor of Chinese religion and philosophy at Central Washington University who has done extensive research on Daoism; Richard Smith, an expert in Chinese culture and history from Rice University; Stanley Murashige, a scholar in Chinese art history from the Art Institute of Chicago; Paola Zamperini, a professor from Northwestern University who will present on Chinese literature; Guobin Yang, a professor of communication and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania who has published several books on Chinese politics and society; and Tan Ye, a professor at the University of Southern California who specializes in Chinese cinema and theater.           

To register and view the workshop agenda, visit Space is limited.           

For more information, contact Sheetz-Nguyen at 405-974-5451 or