Williams Faculty Lecture Series: "The Return to a Universal China"

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 21, 2003–The third talk in the Faculty Lecture Series “Globalization and Us” will be delivered by Sam Crane, chair of Asian studies and professor of political science. Crane’s lecture is titled “The Return to a Universal China,” and he will discuss contemporary cultural effects of globalization and traditional conceptions of Chinese-ness. The lecture will take place Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in Thompson Chemistry Laboratory’s Wege Auditorium.

Crane teaches courses in international political economy and the domestic politics of East Asia.

His current research focuses on economic nationalism in China and Taiwan.

He has published a variety of academic works on the topics of Chinese politics and East Asia international relations, including The Political Economy of China’s Special Economic Zones.

His foreign affairs commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the National Interest.

He is also the author of “Aidan’s Way,” a reflective memoir about his son’s severe disability, in which he uses the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism to understand Aidan’s place in the world.

Crane received his B.A. from SUNY-Purchase and his Ph.D. in political science, with a minor in East Asian languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.