College to host fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium

Marietta College’s Asian Studies Program, in collaboration with the McDonough Leadership Program, is set to host a fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17.

The Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium is part of Marietta College’s overall efforts in the Asian Studies area. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students across the country to share their research and study experiences in the field of Asian Studies. In 2001, the College hosted the country’s first Asian Studies symposium that is exclusively for undergraduate students.

The Fourth Symposium has accepted a total of 46 student proposals for presentation from 20 colleges and universities across the country and abroad (Australia, Canada, Malaysia, and United Kingdom). Of these, 14 are proposals by Marietta College students. There will be 13 panels and two roundtable discussions during the symposium, covering a variety of geographic areas in Asia (East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia) and a number of academic disciplines, such as art, business, culture, film, government and politics, history, literature, leadership and religion.

The keynote speech at the opening session on Thursday will be “Writing in a Global Age” by a renowned novelist and poet Dr. Xiaolong Qiu. Qiu talk is sponsored by the Esbenshade Series and he will be at the Alma McDonough Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The luncheon speech on Friday will be “Art and Architecture in South Asia” by guest speaker Dr. Janice Glowski from Wittenberg University.

The symposium will offer two cultural events: Asian Art Exhibition “Tranquil Vision: Asian Art from the Richard Krause Gift” and an evening of classical Indian dance.

The three-day symposium will bring to Marietta the best minds and most remarkable undergraduate scholars in Asian Studies. The student presentations and the speeches will create a dynamic atmosphere to exchange ideas and scholarship in Asia.

“They will make invaluable contributions to the Asian Studies Program at Marietta College and help to enrich the knowledge of Marietta College students and faculty,” said Dr. Luding Tong, Director of Asian Studies at Marietta.

All the symposium events will be held in the McDonough Leadership Center and are open to the public.