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FORUM '96 LECTURE SERIES SPOTLIGHTS MODERN CHINA

Photography exhibition will accompany October program


The Reed College Women's Committee lecture series, China Today, will present four Thursday lectures during the month of October--October 3, 10, 17, and 24--at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Vollum Lecture Hall on the Reed campus. Four lecturers will address problems and issues in modern China, including China as a presence in world trade, extramarital affairs and mass media, U.S.-China relations, and the elusive image of China. Speakers include Burton Levin, who served as U.S. consul general in Hong Kong and as head of the U.S. Office of Taiwan Affairs, and David Youtz, director of the Yale-China Association office in Hong Kong. (See other side for details on the lectures.)

Series tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance from committee members or by mail from the Reed College Women's Committee, 1694 SW Montgomery Drive, Portland, Oregon 97201. Individual tickets are $10 and are available at the door, if seating permits. All proceeds support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund. For ticket information, please call 777-7787.

The art exhibition

Walking the Earth: The Life of Women in Contemporary China features 30 photographs from famous journalists in China. Most of these have not been previously exhibited or published. Xiaoke Li, a noted artist who deals with contemporary concepts both in traditional Chinese ink painting and in photography, curated this year's show. The exhibition was made possible by Hsingyuan Tsao, assistant professor of art history at Reed. All photographs are for sale, with proceeds supporting the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund. Regular exhibition hours are before each lecture: October 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

FORUM '96
China Today
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College

October 3--Barbara Sands
China's Growing Presence in World Trade
Barbara Sands is associate professor of economics and director of international business programs at the University of Arizona's College of Business and Public Administration; she focuses her teaching and research on China. She has lived, studied, and conducted field research in both Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Her most recent fieldwork involved surveying North Chinese farming villages for the effects of the rural decollectivisation reforms that began in 1978. Sands did her undergraduate work at Dartmouth and has an M.A. in international relations/China and a doctorate in economics, both from the University of Washington. Her talk will draw on her experiences in China-related economic, social, and business realms.

October 10--Weili Ye
Money, Love, and Mass Media--Extramarital Affairs in Contemporary China
Weili Ye, assistant professor in East Asian history at the University of Massachusetts, specializes in women's issues and the Chinese experience in the United States. Her professional experiences range from lecturing at Yale University on Chinese history and culture to teaching English to recent immigrant children. She co-authored the Chinese version of Three Women from Beijing: Growing Up Female in the People's Republic of China. Ye, a Beijing native, received her doctorate from Yale University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.

October 17--Burton Levin
The United States and China--A Romance Gone Sour
Burton Levin has served as U.S. ambassador to Burma from 1987 to 1990 and as consul general in Hong Kong from 1981 to 1986. During his 36-year career in the Foreign Service he also served in Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand, and as head of the U.S. Office of Taiwan Affairs. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1990 to become head of the Hong Kong office of the Asia Society. In 1995 he became visiting professor of Asian policy at Carleton College. Ambassador Levin, a native New Yorker, has an honorary doctor of law degree from Carleton and is member of the Council for the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

October 24--David Youtz
Elusive China: Making Sense of Opposite Images
David Youtz has been vice president of the Yale-China Association since 1991, directing its Hong Kong office and staff in China. He has been in China for 15 years working on a wide range of projects and has traveled widely in Asia. Youtz, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, has a B.A. from Oberlin and an M.A. in international relations/China studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He co-authored, with Paul Midford, East Asia After the Cold War: A Security Regime for Northeast Asia.

The Reed College Women's Committee
Backgrounder
The Reed College Women's Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the College and the Portland community. The Committee's goals are to enlarge and enhance the reputation of Reed in the community and to provide stimulating intellectual activities associated with the College to the public.

The principal project of the Reed College Women's Committee is its fall lecture series, planned and executed by volunteer Committee members. While the format may change depending upon the speakers and program, traditionally four lectures are given on the Thursdays in October. Recently each speaker has delivered two identical speeches, one in the morning and one in the evening, each lasting about 45 minutes. The series has achieved distinction in the community and is attended by about 400 people at each of the two daily sessions.

All proceeds from the lecture series support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship fund, which over the years has contributed significantly to the opportunity to attend Reed for 35 recipients. As testimony to both Reed's estimable national standing as one of the country's outstanding colleges of the liberal arts and sciences and to the goals of the Committee, the speakers who participate in the lecture series waive their usual fees and honoraria so that the proceeds for scholarship are maximized.

Subjects for the series, selected by the Committee from topics suggested by its members, have been as varied as "Humor," "Politics and the Media," "European Unity: 1992," and "Heroes." Nationally recognized speakers have included Cleveland Amory, Mark Russell, Jane Howard, and Morris Dees.