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King University News :: King Professor Receives Fellowship for Salzburg Global Seminar

Dr. Shannon Harris, associate professor of History for King College, was awarded a fellowship funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Appalachian College Association (ACA) for the Salzburg Global Seminar held at the Schloss Leopoldskron Conference Center in Salzburg, Austria.

The Seminar scheduled for Nov. 2012 will focus on China's emergence as a global power. This session will appraise the direction of China's considerable and growing global influence.

King College is serious about making the academic experience more relevant to college students today and to the job market of tomorrow, then understanding more about China will be extremely important, especially since they are already quite a powerhouse during this early part of the 21st century, said Harris. The opportunity for me to learn more about China and the region is an extraordinary experience and will be reflected in my pedagogical approaches to the classes I teach as well as to different interactions on campus with peers.

The program will also closely follow the formal inauguration of the successors to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in late 2012. Members of the new Communist Party politburo are by most accounts likely to be even more committed to China's still-developing role as a global power than the current leadership, but how they will interpret that role is a largely unknown quantity - one that is of enormous importance to the rest of the world as well as to China itself.

Participants will be urged to take a realistic look at the issues that may divide China from the rest of the world-territorial disputes, competition for resources, differing views on the responsibility for meeting global environmental challenges, civil and political rights, trade and finance, weapons proliferation, etc.-but also to work together in proposing solutions based on a shared premise of global citizenship, cooperation and goodwill. Potential Working Groups topics include: China, Asia and Water Resources; Internationalization of the Yuan and its Impact on the US and Europe; China and Developing Countries; Territory, Sovereignty and the Role of International Organizations; and China and Global Competition for Energy, Natural Resources and Commodities.

An Africanist by trade, Dr. Harris received her bachelor's degree in History from East Tennessee State University, and her master's and Ph.D. in History from Michigan State University. At King, Dr. Harris teaches a variety of history classes from 20th century world history to survey of the U.S. from the beginning to 1877, as well as African history, Middle Eastern history, and British empire, mostly of the modern world. She is a member of King's core curriculum committee, overseeing the section on global citizenship. She is also a part of the cross-cultural experience working group, and is involved with the College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

About the ACA:
The Appalachian College Association is an organization of 36 independent liberal arts colleges that provides expanded and enhanced learning opportunities to faculty and students for the purpose of serving the educational and economic well-being of the people and communities of Central Appalachia. This educational consortium offers a wide variety of academic, research, scholarship, library and travel programs serving more than 42,000 students and 4,000 faculty in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Appalachian College Association is an independent 501 (c)(3) incorporated organization, governed by a board comprised of member college presidents and an executive committee.
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