CHPA Brings Asia Close to Home!
Scholars from around the world, as well as students, members of the Springfield community and government officials congregated at Missouri State University on September 29 and September 30 to assess the evolution of Taiwan and China’s democratization. The conference entitled Taiwan, China and Democratization in East Asia was held on September 29 - 30 in the Plaster Student Union Parliamentary Room. Panelists examined Taiwan’s path to democracy, village elections in China, lessons learned from Taiwan’s democratization and the implications that democratization holds for the external relations of both Taipei and Beijing. The conference was organized by Dr. Dennis Hickey (PLS), Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and Professor of Political Science and sponsored by the Missouri State University Provost Research Incentive Program, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taipei Economic and Cultural office in Kansas City. The event was covered on local television and the Central News Agency (Taiwan) published a story on the conference
One of the highlights of the meeting was a keynote address by Dr. Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s representative (ambassador) to the United States. He delivered the talk during the conference banquet that was held at Ocean Zen restaurant on September 29. Dr. Wu also met with Governor Blunt while in Springfield. Spirited debates and lively exchanges between panelists and members of the audience—particularly Chinese students and visiting scholars--kept the energy level high throughout the conference.
From left to right, the photo above features Ambassador Joseph Wu, Taiwan's Representative to the US, Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri and Dr. Dennis Hickey, Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Ambassador Wu traveled to Missouri State University to deliver the keynote address at the international symposium, Taiwan, China and Democratization in East Asia, on September 29, 2007 and met briefly with the Governor. The conference brought together leading scholars from the US, China and Taiwan.
Missouri State History Faculty Conduct Teaching Institute in China
From July 30 to August 5, 2007, three Missouri State history faculty members were accompanied by three eminent scholars in the fields of United States constitutional history, business history, and diplomatic history to Dalian, China, to hold a summer institute on teaching United States History. Held at Liaoning Normal University at the branch campus of Missouri State University, the institute aimed to exchange knowledge and build relations with Chinese faculty of higher learning. The three members of the Missouri State team included Drs. Michael Sheng (HST), department head and principal investigator of this project, Thomas Dicke (HST), business historian, and Craig Smith (HST), constitutional historian. Also invited as guest lecturers on the project were Dr. Thomas Zeiler, chair of the History Department at University of Colorado at Boulder and executive editor of the journal Diplomatic History; Dr. Austin Kerr, emeriti Professor at Ohio State University and former President of the Ohio Academy of History; and Dr. Michael Les Benedict, also emeriti Professor at Ohio State University and visiting professor at M.I.T. and Yale Law School.
The goal of the institute was to enhance Chinese participants’ knowledge of American experiences in the three focus areas and then use their enhanced knowledge in their classrooms. Twenty-six Chinese instructors of American history or American Studies participated in the seven day program. The institute was divided equally between the three areas of study, with each of two days beginning with a lecture presentation by one of the invited guest speakers followed by afternoon discussion groups led by members of the Missouri State team. In addition to producing a 300 page reader of relevant subject material for the participants, the American facilitators coordinated daily web-surfing and networking via e-mail correspondence with the participants, which assisted in Chinese to English communication. The final day of the institute featured showcase lectures by the Missouri State team, highlighting pedagogy and online resources. The participants were then encouraged to consider graduate study at Missouri State through the history department’s new American Studies program.
CHPA and the History & Religious Studies Departments to co-host the First International Conference on Inquisition Studies in February 2008
The first Academic Conference on Inquisition Studies (Inquisition & Empires) organized by the International Society for Inquisition Studies, CHPA, the History and the Religious Studies Departments will be held in Springfield, Missouri February 8th to 10th, 2008, in conjunction with the Second International Seminar on the Inquisition and Ecclesiastical Justice which is co-sponsored by a grant from the Ministry of Education of Spain, the Department of History at Missouri State University, and the University of the Basque Country (Spain).
Since the 1990s, scholarship in Inquisition Studies has expanded exponentially, as has ethnohistorical, sociological, religious studies, and anthropological research focused on using Inquisition sources for uncovering marginal and subaltern histories. To date, with the digitization of massive amounts of previously inaccessible Inquisitorial and ecclesiastical materials, greater interest in Inquisition Studies has resulted in an explosion in research and publications. This first Academic Conference on Inquisition Studies will provide a new public presentation venue for the ever-increasing scholarly output of a new generation of Inquisition specialists. By hosting this conference and scholars from around the globe, CHPA and MSU will both benefit from a wider exposure as centers of research excellence.