Springfield, Ohio – As part of the 2007-08 Global Education Speakers Series, Wittenberg Professor of Political Science and Director of East Asian Studies Bin Yu will give a presentation on United States-China relations at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Gaier Room at the Clark County Public Library, 201 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield, Ohio.
A native of China, Yu received his masters from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and his doctorate from Stanford University, where his focus was Russian-China relations. His presentation is titled "The United States and China Into The 21st Century: Beyond Love and Hate." A professor at Wittenberg since 1991, Yu has authored or co-authored six books. He has published more than 60 scholarly and policy articles in journals, includingStrategic Review, Harvard International Review and World Politics.
In addition to teaching at Wittenberg, Yu has been widely solicited by foreign policy communities and the media around the world. He is part of a small group of experts that provides a quarterly analysis of East Asian foreign relations for the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., one of the most prominent foreign policy think tanks in the U.S.
He is one of the original members of the annual "Pacific Forum-Fudan (Shanghai) Dialogue," the only U.S.-China "unofficial" communication channel in 1999 when all other bilateral connections disconnected after the U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2002, Yu has been senior fellow for the Shanghai Institute of American Studies, the first and only private think tank in China for U.S.-China relations.
Yu has been a commentator for the British Broadcasting Corp. on issues ranging from world politics to economics to East Asian affairs for more than a decade. He was featured as an expert on the Korean War in the Canadian-French documentary,Korea: The Unfinished War in 2003, is a senior writer for Asia Times online.
The Global Education Speakers Series is sponsored by the Global Education and Peace Network, and the Clark County Public Library. The theme of this year's series is "Think Globally, Act Locally."
The Global Education and Peace Network organized in response to Study Circles, which discussed reactions and responses to the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. The 12 programs in the 2007-08 series include issues of local and global importance, and give citizens an opportunity to consider their role in a democracy to build a better world.
Wittenberg professors, alumni or administrators are involved in five of the presentations in the 2007-08 series. Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies Warren Copeland, also Springfield's mayor, and Richele Shepard, class of 1996, were among four featured speakers in an Oct. 17 program titled "Revitalization: Bringing Springfield Into The Future Together." Stephen Feagins, team physician of Wittenberg's varsity athletics teams, was part of the Nov. 8 program titled "A Fall Symposium About Health Care."
The Feb. 14 program by Yu is the second of three in 2008 that solely feature a Wittenberg faculty member. Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature Christine McIntyre gave a presentation on immigration issues in the United States on Jan. 10, and Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department Tim Lewis is featured in an April 10 program titled "What's Hot And What's Not: Global Warming."
For more information about the Global Education Speakers Series, contact Nancy Flinchbaugh with the City of Springfield, Department of Human Relations, Housing and Neighborhood Services at (937) 324-7380 or the Clark County Public Library at (937) 328-6903.
Written By: Ryan Maurer