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"China Rising?”a Half-Day Conference

Friday, April 05, 2013, 08:00am - 05:00pm
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Will China Impact My Future?
Find out at “China Rising?”a Half-Day Conference to be held at
Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the internet, or watching
television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and
politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need
to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to
“China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today
and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April
5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House,
Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge. 
The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and
Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free
lunch. Register and learn more at

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at
Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured
speakers -- Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of
International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr.
Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business
at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research
Center -- because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political
life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive
academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China's developing
economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies
seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a
seasoned political observer and analysist of China's political life. His
more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its
regional Asian setting.”

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. From 9 - 9:50 a.m., Garver will
present “American Pre-eminence and China's Emergence as a Global
Power.”  From 10 - 10:50 a.m., Prime will speak on “Sustaining
China's Growth: New Leaders, New Directions.”

From 11 - 11:50 a.m., Reinhardt faculty will speak on their experiences
as part of a Fulbright-Hays Seminar in 2005, as well as other travels
and study in China.  The event will conclude with a lunch and roundtable
discussion from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Community Room of the Frank and
Evelyn J. Gordy Center.  Lunch will be free for the first 50

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and
monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the
editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a
member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has
directed several university study programs in China and has conducted
formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants
from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the
U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan
Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the
University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in
Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China,
traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught
that language to his two children.

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of
emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China's economy and
business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is
China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and
Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy:
Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and
John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).

Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting
field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s
economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of
the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy,
business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a
non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about
contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at
Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She
earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan
and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and
staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the
2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began
in 2003.