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Speaker Series lecture to focus on “Contemporary China: A Place of Contradictions”

(Bethlehem, Pa.)—Dr. Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science at Moravian College, will present a talk offering visual and verbal images of contemporary China on Monday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. The program is the first in this year’s Moravian College Speaker Series.

Part travelogue, part philosophical musing, the talk will address the theme of “contradictions” that capture the widely divergent social, cultural, economic, and political trends that characterize China today. By encouraging audience participation, Dr. Fischler hopes to generate a dialogue on China and its current situation.

Dr. Fischler’s professional duties and intense educational pursuits have led her to work as a Researcher at UCLA’s East Asian Studies Center, travel throughout East Asia, and fieldwork in South China and Hong Kong. She has taught at UCLA’s Asian Seminar for teachers; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and for the Monterey Volunteers Overseas, in association with which she taught English as a Second Language to college and graduate students in Kunming, Yunnan, People’s Republic of China. Her teaching and research interests include comparative politics and women in politics.

Her recent publication is a chapter about “Women’s Activism during Hong Kong’s Political Transition” that was published in a book entitled Gender and Change in Hong Kong by Eliza Lee (University of British Columbia Press, 2003). Dr. Fischler is proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese and French and speaks German and Japanese.

The evening’s program is free and open to the public. A cafeteria-style dinner is available at 6:15 p.m. ($7.70) prior to the lecture in the United Brethren Church Room in the Haupert Union Building. The program is sponsored by Moravian’s Office of Public Relations and the Moravian College Alumni Association.