Minzu University Delegation Visits Scripps College

CLAREMONT, Calif. (January 29, 2010) — A delegation of professors from Minzu University of China’s School of Ethnology and Sociology will participate in a weeklong series of roundtable discussions and forums sponsored by Scripps College. The talks focus on the role of ethnology and anthropology in modern China and are free and open to the public.

The series begins February 1 with “Ethnic Identity in China: New Perspectives in Research,” a roundtable panel discussion with faculty delegation members. Moderated by Dru Gladney of Pomona College’s Pacific Basin Institute, the talk begins at 4:30pm and is hosted in Pomona’s Hahn Building, Room 101.

Additional events taking place during the series include interviews with various professors throughout the day and an oral history of Minzu University’s School of Ethnology on February 4. For further information regarding these events, contact Professor Hao Huang at (909) 607-3266, or consult the Scripps College Events Calendar.

Speakers in the series include:

  • Yang Shengmin, Ph.D, Dean of the School of Ethnology and Sociology;
  • Liu Mingxin, Ph.D, Associate Dean of the School of Ethnology and Sociology and Associate Professor of Ethnology;
  • Wu Xiaoyan, Ph.D, Associate Dean of the School of Ethnology and Sociology;
  • Ding Hong, Ph.D, Professor of Ethnology;
  • Wang Qingren, Ph.D, Professor of Ethnology; and
  • Dan Smyer Yu, Ph.D, Visiting Professor of Anthropology.

Minzu University is China’s top academy of ethnic studies and is home to each of China’s 56 distinct ethnic groups. With 70% of its 15,000 full-time students considered an ethnic minority, it “serves as a microcosm” of China’s diverse ethnic background.

List of Events

  • Monday, February 1st, 4:30 pm, Hahn 101 Pomona
    Pacific Basin Institute co-sponsored Roundtable discussion, “Ethnic Identity in China: New Perspectives and Research”
  • Wednesday, February 3, 12-1:00 pm, Vita Nova Conference Room
    Interviews with Prof. Ding Hong, Prof. Dan Smyer Yu, and Associate Dean Wu Xiaoyan
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2:45-4 pm, Scripps Humanities Auditorium
    Medical Anthropology in China with Prof. Wang Qingren
  • Thursday, February 4, 2:45-4 pm, Scripps Vita Nova Conference Room
    Oral History of Minzu University School of Ethnology with Dean Yang Shengmin

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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