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Peking University lecture info (May 9, 2011)

MAY . 10 2011

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>> Cracks in the foundation: American entrepreneurial university provides experience for China’s higher education

Speaker: Robert A. Rhoads
Venue: Room 103, Graduate School of Education Building
Date: May 10, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00-16:00
Organizer: PKU Graduate School of Education


Intro: Robert Rhoads, professor at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Zhejiang University (2011-2014). He specializes in globalization and university reform, comparison of international higher education and so on. His academic works include Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World (2011), and The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas (2006).


Prof. Robert Rhoads will analyze American entrepreneurial university’s development from historical and social perspective. The development procedure includes four important phases, which brought about some fundamental problems (cracks in the foundation). These cracks provide experience and lessons for China’s higher education’s development.



>> UN Senior Interpreter Yu Yang talks about interpretation

Speaker: Yu Yang
Venue: Room 207, Classroom Building No. 2
Date: May 10, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 19:00-21:00
Organizer: Student Associations

Intro: Interpret is a mysterious and wonderful world and Yu Yang will guide us to unveil it, by sharing with us his unique and precious experience during each big conference. He will also introduce the current condition of interpretation and those obstacles one needs to overcome on the way of becoming an interpreter.



>> Environment Science – Water

Speaker: Yann Cohen, Director of Arthur D Little China
Venue: Room 102, GSM Building No.1
Date: May 11, 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 18:30-20:30
Organizer: Student Associations


Intro: Arthur D. Little is a global management consultancy specializing in strategy and operations management. It delivers solutions to its clients’ most complex business issues with innovation and technology. 



>> Caution or Causation: How earlier entrant failures influence new entry

Speaker: Jane Wenzhen Lu, Associate Professor, NUS
Venue: Room 215, GMS New Building
Date: May 12, 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00-11:30
Organizer: PKU Guanghua School of Management

Intro: This study examines how early entrant failures in a host market affect a focal firm’s own decisions on entry and scale of investment in the market. In general, firms respond to earlier entrant failures by reducing their rates and scale of investments in the host market. However, the intensity of such response is affected by how a firm causally attributes the failures. Drawing on the attribution theory, we differentiate internal causes and external causes to which failures are attributed. Failed FDIs (Foreign Direct Investment) with heterogeneous attributes are likely attributable to internal firm-specific causes, and hence would weaken the firm’s tendency to react to the failures. In contrast, failed FDIs with heterogeneous investors tend to be attributed to external environmental causes, which would strengthen a firm's tendency to reduce its entry rate and scale in the country. Our analysis of 925 Japanese firms’ entries into China from 1979 to 2000 largely supported these arguments.



>> Poland’s none-state status and its rebuilding in 19th century

Speaker: Stanislaw Roszak, professor and vice director at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń Department of History, Poland
Venue: Room 207, Classroom Building No.3
Date: May 13, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 10:10-12:00
Organizer: PKU Department of History



>> Training for legal practical abilities

Speaker: Li Nianzu, executive director at Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law
Venue: Room 316, Classroom Building No.2
Date: May 14, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 15:00-17:00
Organizer: PKU Law School



>> Discovering the beauty of Kyoto

Speaker: Teng Jun (Courses taught at PKU: Japanese, the history of communication between Japan and China)
Venue: Room 507, Classroom Building No.2
Date: May 14, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 19:00-21:00
Organizer: School of Foreign Languages

Intro: This lecture is one of a series of Japanese culture lectures.

Kyoto was Japan’s top welcome resort admired by tourists. It serves as a spiritual homeland for all Japanese. Kyoto people’s desire for beauty is in every aspect of their daily life. And Prof. Teng Jun will lead us to discover the beauty of Kyoto by introducing its architecture, food, crafts, and landscape. The lecture will start with a documentary on Kyoto’s beauty and elegance, and then an introduction by Prof. Teng Jun. Time for interaction will be set aside at the end of the lecture.



>> China: from the overseas Chinese’s perspective

Speaker: Wang Gungwu
Venue: Qiu Lin Lecture Hall
Date: May 18, 2011 (Next Wednesday)
Time: 19:00-21:00
Organizer: Office of International Relations

Intro: Professor Wang Gungwu is PKU’s honorary professor and honorary senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also a renowned expert and writer in the history of Southeast Asia and overseas Chinese.

As an overseas Chinese scholar, Professor Wang Gungwu will share his unique insight into the differences and similarities the conflicts and integration between Chinese and Western civilizations.



Written by: Liu Yineng

Edited by: Li Xiaomeng

Source: PKU Lecture Hall