The U.S.-China Center for Education and Culture Center is an international initiative of Vanderbilt University in collaboration with South China Normal University (SCNU) and Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. The Center’s goal is to connect American education and culture to China’s Pearl River Delta, the most economically dynamic region in the country. The key audiences are students and faculty at the two partnering universities; local K-12 public and private school teachers and administrators in need of professional development; and government and non-profit entities engaged in the preservation and presentation of cultural assets.
Spring 2014 Events
Vanderbilt Professors Visit Guangzhou
In the beginning stages of the spring semester, Vanderbilt will send two faculty members to Guangzhou to continue developing the Educational Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE) program. David Laird, Lecturer in Peabody's Leadership, Policy, and Organizations department and Director of ELLE, and Tom Ward, CEO of the Oasis Center, Director of the Principal's Leadership Academy of Nashville, and former lecturer at Vanderbilt, will head to Guangzhou in preparation for ELLE 2014, which will take place later this semester. For more information about ELLE, including blogs from past attendees, please visit the ELLE website.
Vanderbilt-Wesleyan College Research Symposium
March 4-6, 2014
Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou University
A delegation of Vanderbilt professors will give presentations on the American Experience in Guangzhou during Vanderbilt’s spring break. Thanks to a generous grant from the US Embassy in Beijing obtained by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the ten-person group including professors from both Wesleyan and Vanderbilt will speak at colloquia at two universities in the Guangzhou area. The group will speak at Sun Yat-Sen University on Tuesday, March 4th and at Guangzhou University, the site of Wesleyan College’s American Cultural Center, on Thursday, March 6th. For information about Wesleyan College’s Chinese initiatives, including information about their Confucius Institute and the opening of their ACC, please click here. The Vanderbilt professors attending, as well as the titles of their presentations, are as follows:
Vanessa Beasley, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of American Studies – U.S. Presidents’ Mixed Messages on Immigration, 1880-2000
Jennifer Fay, Associate Professor of Film Studies and English – The Image of American Nuclearism
Ken MacLeish, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society – Psychic Wounds of War: Mental Illness and the U.S. Military
Graham Reside, Assistant Professor of Divinity – The Role and Place of Religion in the American National Identity
The U.S-China Center would like to thank both Sun Yat-Sen University and Guangzhou University for accommodating Vanderbilt’s delegation, as well as Wesleyan College for their tireless efforts in helping to coordinate the event. We look forward to continued collaborations with all parties involved.
Sun Yat-Sen University Exchange with Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music
March 11-14, 2014
The Vanderbilt community and the city of Nashville at large will be treated to a truly wonderful opportunity, as members of the Sun Yat-Sen University Office of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage will visit Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music as part of a musical exchange program undertaken between the two universities. The Chinese delegation will include faculty members and a student group performing traditional Chinese opera. Their visit will include classroom interaction as well as a performance that will be open to the public. More information on the event will be available as the dates near; please check back to the US-China Center website or refer to the Blair School of Music Events page for more information as it becomes available.