Mark Bender, professor and chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, recently gave nine hours of lectures as part of a symposium for young Chinese folklorists at East China Normal University. His lectures covered Appalachian material culture, including the studies of folklore and the intangible cultural heritage phenomena in China. Forty students and professors were in attendance.
Dr. Bender is a specialist in traditional Chinese performance and performance connected to literature of local Han and ethnic minority cultures in China. His lectures are built into East China Normal University’s annual summer school, lasting for a week in July. The theme of this year’s summer school was folklore tradition and its place in contemporary society, focusing on dialogue between Chinese and American folklore studies.
Jim Pinchak, senior lecturer for Workforce Development & Education for College of Education and Human Ecology was invited as lecturer at East China Normal University from May 25-June 8, 2014. During his stay in Shanghai, Dr. Pinchak developed increased linkages between ECNU and Ohio State regarding workforce development and education and vocational education. Dr. Guoqing Xu (the "O" on right), Associate Professor at ECNU, served as primary host and guide for Dr. Pinchak and his son Nico, (the "I"). The group learned about the China Gateway office functions during a tour in late May.
When Ohio State received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization earlier this year, it was the culmination of the university’s efforts to develop programs, course work and outreach opportunities in Columbus, Ohio, and abroad. While “comprehensive internationalization” can seem like an abstract concept, it’s plain to see at Ohio State. There are a myriad ways in which Ohio State continues to enhance its global stature through its teaching, research and engagement mission. More international students are finding their way to Ohio State; students are studying abroad in record numbers; grants and scholarships are supporting research, language immersion programs, area studies and study abroad; international themes are integrated into the curriculum; and connections are made in regions throughout the world as a result of Ohio State's Global Gateways. View osu.edu to discover more about how Ohio State is growing globally.