Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Probes China's Expanding Economy
RELEASED: Oct. 28, 2006
DANVILLE, KY—Noted historian Thomas G. Rawski, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will give a lecture titled "China's Industrial Economy and It's Challenges" at Centre College on Oct. 4. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre.
Rawski will discuss the remarkable expansion of China's manufacturing capabilities during the past quarter century and how this expansion will ultimately effect global market competition.
"We're excited to have Thomas Rawski, one of this country's leading specialists on China's economy, to speak to us about one of the premier economic challenges facing the U.S. today," comments Michael Hamm, Ewing T. Boles Professor of History at Centre.
Currently a professor of economics and history at the University of Pittsburgh, Rawski has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo, Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, the Hoover Institution and the Australian National University.
Rawski's research focuses on the development and modern history of China’s economy, including studies of China’s reform mechanism and achievements, as well as specific analyses of productivity, investment, industry, trade, labor markets and economic measurement. His publications include Economic Growth and Employment in China; Chinese History in Economic Perspective; Economic Growth in Prewar China; China’s Transition to Industrialization; and Economics and the Historian.Rawski's visit to Centre College is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. Each year, the program makes more than a dozen distinguished scholars available to visit nearly 100 colleges and universities. The scholars spend two days on campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions and giving a public lecture on campus.
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