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Scholar Minxin Pei to Discuss China During Visit to Moravian College

Talk part of CHINA|INFOCUS programming of lectures, discussions, fun, and food

Minxin PeiBethlehem, Pa., March 24, 2011--Scholar Minxin Pei, adjunct senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, will present “China at an Inflection Point” Monday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture—the final major presentation in Moravian’s China INFOCUS year of thematic programming—will address China’s economic and political future and its potential for American-style democracy. The talk is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Dr. Pei, who is the Tom and Margot Pritzker professor of government and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, frequently appears on CNN and National Public Radio. His research focuses on democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.- China relations. Read more about Pei or Read his February 12, 2011 op-ed, The Message for China from Tahrir Square, published in Financial Times.

Pei is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006). His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, and many edited books. Pei is also a columnist for the Italian news magazine L’espresso, and a regular contributor to the online international affairs journal Diplomat. Pei received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.

After the lecture, students in the “International Issues in Management” class taught by Jim West, chair and professor of economics and business, and the “Chinese Art and Culture” class taught by Lisa Fischler, associate professor of political science, will attend a dinner with Dr. Pei, hosted by Dr. Kathy Thomforde and Dean Gordon Weil.

Other final China INFOCUS events this semester include “China Insights: Critic as Curator, the Making of an Exhibition,” an illustrated lecture by critic, historian, and curator A. D. Coleman, Tuesday March 29 at 7:00 p.m., Prosser Auditorium; “My China” panel discussion with faculty members on Wednesday April 6 in the Snyder Room, 4-5:00 p.m.; and Chefs’ Fare on Thursday April 14, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Marketplace. The Chefs’ Fare will feature authentic Chinese dishes, such as suan-la tang (hot and sour soup), pei par gai (barbecued-style roast chicken), char siu (Chinese-style roast pork), sticky rice, and green tea ice cream. For more details on InFocus events, visit CHINA|IN FOCUS on the College Website.

“The INFOCUS committee is very pleased with the success of the program this first year,” said Deb Evans, director of constituent relations and chair of the INFOCUS committee. “As with all first-year programs, we had some challenges. But we presented a considerable amount of strong programming and we are very excited about moving forward.”

Moravian College, Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Center have made a commitment to expand the INFOCUS program to address one of four mega-problems—Poverty and Inequality, Sustainability, Health Care, and War and Peace—in a repeating four-year cycle. For the 2011-12 academic year, INFOCUS will delve into Poverty and Inequality.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, have any questions regarding physical accessibility, or would like more information, contact Deb Evans.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.