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Reed College has received a grant of $171,640 from the Freeman Foundation for the development of Chinese studies. The grant will be used for the next four years to expose more students to both historical and contemporary China, and further develop Reed’s rigorous program of Chinese study.

Since the 1980s, the Chinese studies program at Reed has offered an intensive course of study in classical, modern, and contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. In addition, the program offers language study and classes in Chinese history, economics, art history, religion, and, most recently, anthropology. The Freeman grant will enhance the current program and address questions of how Chinese studies can have a broader influence on Reed as a whole.

This grant will provide us with funding to explore how we can grow and coordinate our repertoire of course offerings on China—from our core Chinese language and humanities courses to the individual offerings in the other departments," said professor Douglas Fix, Chinese humanities chair. "In short, we hope to make Chinese studies a more challenging and exciting part of Reed's curriculum."

Over the next four years faculty members will conduct a curricular review of the program to evaluate appropriate areas for development, hold a retreat devoted exclusively to strengthening the Humanities 230 yearlong course, and develop a Chinese studies website. In addition, a "China Year" lecture series will bring films, lectures, and performances to the college; specialist-led topical workshops will help students and faculty members see the themes, arguments, and methodological questions of advanced research; and a "China Day" outreach program will invite students from 70 high schools to attend presentations by the Chinese studies faculty. Funds will also be set aside for competitive faculty-student collaborative research grants and for national and international faculty research.