Phi Beta Kappa scholar to speak on campus

Posted by Centre News in Experts, News, Phi Beta Kappa 13 Mar 2015

ChinaGlobeCroppedProfessor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar from the University of California, Irvine, will provide a lecture on Chinese culture on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Centre College’s Young Hall.

headshot of scholar smaller sizeThe campus event is part of a lecture series taking place at American liberal arts colleges that host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Centre is the only private liberal arts college in Kentucky with a chapter.

Wasserstom’s talk will focus on how understanding the course of recent Chinese history can help put current news about China in perspective.

Topics to be covered include the shifting role of the Internet in Chinese cultural and political life, how China’s Communist Party has refashioned itself to stay in power and the value of using books such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World as prisms for examining structures of control in China.

Wasserstrom is the Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He has given talks about China on four continents and has been a guest on radio programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

by Anne Evans