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Leading International Scholar of Pearl S. Buck to Present Quillian Public Lecture

Liu Haiping will discuss 'China in Rapid Transition: A Scholarís View from Within'

1/14/2009 9:20:42 AM


Liu Haiping is one of the world's leading scholars of Pearl Buck

LYNCHBURG – One of the world’s leading scholars of Pearl S. Buck `14 will return to campus Jan. 27 to present the special Quillian Public Lecture, “China in Rapid Transition: A Scholar’s View from Within.” The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Ashley Jack Lounge, is free and open to the public.

Liu Haiping is a leading scholar of Buck, one of the college’s most famous graduates, and is credited with helping change the Chinese view of Buck and her work, which was once banned in China. He is retired professor and former Dean of the School of Foreign Studies at Nanjing University in China. Liu served as the College’s William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Scholar in 1999-2000. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and has been a Fulbright researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Harvard. He is the author of seven books and has been widely published in publications such as the New York Times, Theatre Review, and the Foreign Literature review.

“I believe this lecture will appeal to people involved in the business world as well as those who are simply curious about modern China,” said Tina Johnson, director of international programs.

As part of his visit to Randolph, Liu will speak with students participating in the two-week international study seminar, “Chinese Society in the Global Economy.” During the trip to China in May, students will explore the co-existence of China’s “old” civilization with western modernization through lectures, activities with Chinese students at Nanjing University, interviews with American-based companies in China, and visits to important cultural sites. The group will visit Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Zhenjiang, the home of Pearl S. Buck.

Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Good Earth”, a story about the Chinese peasants Wang Lung and O-Lan, is one of the most widely translated books in the world. It was made into a Broadway play in 1932 and a Hollywood movie in 1937 and cited in the decision to award Buck the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

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