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Resident Director Profile: Christopher Reed

Resident director, Christopher Reed on campus at East China Normal University

Program: Shanghai, 1750 to 2050- History, Culture and Language
Location: East China Normal University, Shanghai
Year as Resident Director: Three
Affiliated Department: Department of History

What inspired you to develop and/or lead this study abroad program?

"Since 1991, I have been traveling to Shanghai, where I was a graduate student at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. At Ohio State, I teach modern Chinese history. Sometimes I offer a course called “Shanghai in Image and Reality.” I developed my study-abroad program “Shanghai, 1750 to 2050--History, Culture and Language” to extend learning beyond the university’s campus and to provide Ohio State students an opportunity to study Shanghai and the Chinese language in China."

What did you enjoy, or was most memorable, about being a Resident Director for study abroad?

"I most enjoyed working with students who embraced study abroad with a spirit of adventure and an eagerness to go beyond classroom learning (not that there is anything wrong with classroom learning)."

Why do you think it is important for faculty to develop and/or lead study abroad programs?

Christopher Reed and his students abroad"In my view, study abroad programs are an excellent way to fulfill one of the goals of a liberal-arts college education, which, to paraphrase publisher Malcolm Forbes, is the replacement of a closed mind with an open one. If students achieve this (in my case, regarding themselves, China and the U.S.), a study abroad program can contribute, in a small way, to international brotherhood at a time when many global forces are organizing in the other direction."

How does your study abroad program raise student awareness of what it means to be a global citizen and to have global perspectives?

"See previous answer. But, no, seriously, by trying to persuade students that foreign countries and their citizens have legitimate interests, achievements, and global purposes that need to be experienced first-hand from within."