Peking University-Notre Dame Colloquium Series


Location: Virtual

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Building China-Africa Educational, Media, Cultural, and Youth Relations

Co-sponsored by Notre Dame's Liu Institute for Asia & Asia Studies

This inaugural event of the Peking University-Notre Dame Colloquium series will focus on crucial aspects of China's growing relationship with Africa. Professor Joshua Eisenman of the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs will address the methods and objectives of media, educational, and cultural aspects of China's relationship building with Africans. His presentation is based on his forthcoming manuscript written with Ambassador David H. Shinn and based on an intensive six year study including more than 200 interviews in China and several African countries. Professor Sarah Jinjie Wang at Peking University's Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development will present on China-Africa industrial and human resource cooperation based on recent survey data on Chinese training programs for Africans.

This event will be moderated by Jonathan Noble, senior assistant provost for internationalization and interim director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Notre Dame in Fall 2021.

Register here  PLEASE NOTE: Indicated event date and times are Eastern Daylight Time (June 23, 9:00am - 10:00am China Standard Time).


Joshua Eisenman ( 马佳士 )
Joshua Eisenman

Joshua Eisenman is associate professor of politics at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and a senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. His research focuses on the political economy of China's development and its foreign relations with the United States and the developing world—particularly Africa. Eisenman’s newest book, Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune (Columbia University Press, 2018), received the 2019 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award honorable mention. In China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World (Routledge, 2018), he worked with Eric Heginbotham to analyze China’s policies toward the developing world. Eisenman’s second book, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David Shinn, was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs. The book’s updated Chinese edition was published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press in 2020. Their next book examining the China-Africa political and security relationship will be published next year. Eisenman was assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2014-2019, and has been a visiting professor at Peking University, Fudan University, and NYU–Shanghai.

Sarah Jinjie Wang ( 王进杰 )
Sarah Wang

Sarah Jinjie Wang is deputy secretary general of the Center for African Studies at Peking University with her research focusing on International Education Development and African Studies. She is also director of the Research Office at the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development in addition to Lecturer at the National School of Development at Peking University. Wang holds an MA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Penn State University.

Jonathan Noble ( 刘战 )
Jonathan Noble

Jonathan Noble leads Notre Dame International’s global research, international partnerships and advancement, and serves as the University’s regional leader for Asia and Europe. He is a teaching professor for Notre Dame International, an advisor for the Keough School of Global Affairs, an associate of the University’s global advancement team, and a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, and the Initiative for Global Development. As assistant provost for Asia between 2012 and 2017, Noble was the founding director of the Beijing Global Gateway and founder of the Greater China Scholars Program. He served as the advisor to the provost’s office for Asia initiatives between 2007 and 2011, during which he assisted in the establishment of the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies and its Asia Leadership Forum. Focusing his research and teaching on contemporary Chinese culture and society, Noble is the author of over 50 articles, essays, and translations, and was one of 20 China scholars in the United States selected in 2005 to participate in the inaugural Public Intellectuals Program sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Noble holds a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and literatures from The Ohio State University.

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