Understanding China

Date : Sat., October 21, 2006 to Sun., October 22, 2006 Category : Butcher History Institute

Napoleon once called China a sleeping dragon, and is said to have warned,

“When she awakes, the world will tremble.”

In the past 25 years the dragon has definitely come to life. The world’s most populous country has the world’s fastest growing economy, with an annual economic growth rate of 9.5% since 1980. U. S. firms have invested more than $50 billion in China, now one of the world’s five largest economies.

China’s impact on the world will only continue to grow. “Understanding China” is a two-day program designed to help teachers make China relevant for students. Leading academic experts will examine China’s history, economy and relations with the outside world.

Understanding China Conference Summary by Trudy Kuehner


Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

10/21/2006 - 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Arthur I. Cyr

A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished of Political Economy and World Business, Carthage College

Walter A. McDougall

Co-Chair - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Classical Chinese Thought and Culture, and Early Chinese History

10/21/2006 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 AM
Victor H. Mair

Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Author of Contact and Exchange in the Ancient World

Related Article(s):

Classical Chinese Thought and Culture and Early Chinese History

State and Society in Late Imperial

10/21/2006 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Matthew Sommer

Associate Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University

Author of Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China

China’s Long Revolution(s) -- from Mao to Deng and Beyond

10/21/2006 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Melanie Manion

Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Author of Corruption by Design: Building Clean Government in Mainland China and Hong Kong

Related Article(s):

From Mao to Deng and Beyond: The Fate of Policy Oscillations in the Quest for a “Harmonious Society”

China’s Democratic Prospects

10/21/2006 - 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Edward Friedman

Hawkins Chair Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Co-Author of Asia’s Giants: Comparing China and India

Panel: China and the World

10/21/2006 - 8:00 PM
Jacques deLisle

Director - Asia Program

Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

June Teufel Dreyer

Senior Fellow -

University of Miami

Walter A. McDougall


Co-Chair - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Author of Let the Sea Make a Noise: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur

What Every American Needs to Know about Taiwan

10/21/2006 - 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Shelley Rigger

Senior Fellow - Asia Program

Brown Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Davidson College

Author of From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party

Related Article(s):

What Every American Needs to Know about Taiwan

China’s Economy: Problems and Prospects

10/21/2006 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Nicholas R. Lardy

Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics

Author of China in the World Economy

Related Article(s):

China’s Economy: Problems and Prospects

A Taste of China: The Language

10/21/2006 - 11:115 AM to 12:00 PM
Mimi Yang

Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Carthage College



Carthage College

2001 Alford Park Dr
WI Kenosha 53140

Registration links

Register Deadline

What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute. Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • free room and board;
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • stipends of $250 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work;
  • partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
  • subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation.   IMPORTANT NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend.  Schools with a school membership in FPRI’s Marvin Wachman Fund are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year.