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MCLA Welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Yu Wang from China


2014-07-17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) this month welcomed Dr. Yu Wang of Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) in Shanghai, China, who is on campus to teach a summer course in "Chinese and World Literature."

Part of an ongoing partnership between MCLA and SUIBE to further opportunities for cross-cultural educational experiences, the collaboration was organized by Dr. Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs at MCLA, and Ben Kahn, a professor in MCLA's business administration department.

"We are so fortunate to have visiting Professor Wang with us this summer, sharing her expertise and experience," Joslin said. "She is a well-published scholar, and her course, 'Chinese and World Literature,' is a tremendous educational opportunity for our students. This visit is part of an expanding collaboration with SUIBE, and MCLA's dedication to global education."

Wang first visited MCLA last year when she taught two courses as a visiting professor at SUNY-Albany.

"It was a great pleasure to meet with the administration here, and I began to get involved in some of the MCLA students' activities. I found the students to be enthusiastic, friendly and creative," Wang said.

"I wished I could teach a course here on Chinese culture or literature, which will help more MCLA students to better know my university and my country. It  also may be a good starting point for more exchanges between our two universities," she added.

Wang's students this term primarily are undergraduate students, including adult learners, who are majoring in a variety of programs.

She hopes her students learn how to conduct intercultural studies, as well as the value of comparative studies between the literature of China and the United States. Wang aims to use her "Chinese and World Literature" course as a platform from which her American students may begin to explore Chinese culture and literature.

Wang also has been a visiting professor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, Lancashire, England. She is an associate professor at the School of Languages at SUIBE, and the director of SUIBE-UCLan Cooperative Programs at the SUIBE's School of Languages, in Shanghai, China.

In 2012 and 2010 she was awarded the second prize in Shanghai Round Competition of English Language, organized by the National Foreign Language Teaching in Colleges and Universities Steering Committee, Chinese Ministry of Education.

Wang in 2011 was a presenter in the First National Forum of Deans and Directors of Business English Departments and Schools of Universities in China, and in 2009 was awarded the first prize in Fouth Teaching Competition of Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade.

She has published three textbooks, "A Test of English Vocabulary Grade 6" (Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, 2004), "Appreciation of English and American Literature Novel and Drama," (Beijing: Qunhua University Press, 2006) and "An Integrated Course in Business English" (Beijing University of International Business and Economics Press, 2009).

Wang also is the author of numerous articles, including "The English-American Literature Teaching Reform and the Return of Humanity Spirit" (Educational Research and Experiment, Vol. 3, 2009) and "A Rethinking on the Humanistic Education of English Majors" (Literature of the Time, Vol. 2, 2009), as well as a monograph, "Reconstruction of Black Cultural Identity in a World of Difference - Reading Toni Morrison as a Deconstructionist" (Shanghai: East China University of Science and Technology Press, 2011).

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.