La. Tech American Foreigh Policy Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

Dr. Brian Etheridge, Louisiana Tech Univ.
PHONE: 318/257-2872
DATE: February 27, 2007


Next summer, the world will focus on China for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

This spring, Louisiana Tech University will focus on China for its annual “Shaping the 21st Century” series.

The experience will begin at 4 PM on March 8 with the unveiling of an exhibit on China in Hale Hall’s Architecture Gallery.  Collaboratively developed by the History Department and the School of Architecture, the exhibit will expose visitors to the rich history and culture of the world’s longest continuing civilization.  The exhibit will close on April 12. 

Bill Willoughby, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and member of the International Education Committee, is working with graduate students from the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society to plan and set up the exhibit.  Willoughby noted that "university-wide events like this year's ‘Shaping the 21st Century: Focus on China’ broaden the kinds of learning that happens at Louisiana Tech University. Each week during the spring will offer students the opportunity to encounter China though a variety of venues, including distinguished lecturers, films, panel discussions and exhibits. When the quarter is done, our students will have a deeper understanding of China's ongoing history and cultural legacy."

Another exhibit will run from March 29 to May 1.  Traditional Chinese sayings and poetry will be on display as part of a “Wisdom of China” exhibit in Tolliver Hall.

The series promises to familiarize students and visitors with one of the most important countries in the world today, said Brian Etheridge, Assistant Professor of History and member of the International Education Committee.  “China’s economy was the second largest in the world last year, and its leaders are becoming increasingly assertive in world affairs,” he said.

The “Shaping the 21st Century” series was launched last year as part of Tech’s efforts to internationalize the curriculum, according to Dr. Kenneth Rea, Vice President for Academic Affairs and chair of the International Education Committee.  “If history has taught us anything, it is that we cannot isolate ourselves from the world and that we must gain a greater understanding of other nations and their cultures,” he said.

The series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the International Student Office, the International Student Association, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, the McGinty Trust, the American Foreign Policy Center, the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, the Department of Journalism, the School of Architecture, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Science, the Honors Program, and the Dixie Center for the Arts.

For more information on the series, contact Dr. Brian Etheridge at 318-257-2872 or

All events, save the performance at the Dixie Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public.

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