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International Education Week 2022

IE Week 2022 is November 14-18.

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Town Hall: Global Engagement at Drake

Annique Kiel, Executive Director of Global Engagement and International Programs, will deliver a comprehensive presentation on Drake's global engagement strategy on Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 10:30-11:30 am

Visiting Scholar Presentation

Dr. Robert Pichler is the Director of the International Business Consultancy program at Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, Drake's partner institution in Austria. He will give a public lecture titled The European Union in 2022: Key Challenges of our Time on Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 2:00-3:15 pm as part of the Center for Global Citizenship fall speaker series. 

U.S.-China Symposium

Hosted by Terry Branstad, former U.S. Ambassador to China and current Ambassador-in-Residence at Drake, the symposium will convene experienced professionals, academics and other experts to speak on various topics related to China and U.S.-China relations, with the aim to provide a platform for multiple viewpoints and opportunities for candid discussion. Featuring award-winning journalist John Pomfret, author of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present. Sessions will take place throughout the day on Thursday, Nov. 17th. 

IE Week Forum: China

The inaugural IE Week Forum will take place on Friday, Nov. 18th at 8:00-11:15 am. The forum will have a thematic focus on China. Students and faculty members from Drake and other select institutions will present on research and other projects related to China. This mini-conference will provide an opportunity for students and faculty across disciplines to present their work and engage in meaningful dialogue.


Session 1.1 - Visiting Scholar Presentation

8:00-9:00 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 301

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of The Deaf Education and Employment Between the United States and China. Dr. Amy Knopf, Harkin Fellow 2018-2019 and Director, St. Cloud State University Center for International Disability Advocacy and Diplomacy. ASL interpretation provided.

Hybrid presentation: Join us via Zoom!

Session 2.1 - Faculty Research Presentation

8:00-8:45 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 308

Assisting with the Healthcare Needs of a Developing Country: China Example. Professor Tim Welty, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Sciences.

Session 1.2 - Visiting Scholar Presentation

9:15-10:15 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 301

Zhou Xiaorong, Research Fellow, St. Cloud State University. ASL interpretation provided.

Hybrid presentation: Join us via Zoom!

Session 2.2 - Faculty Research Presentation

9:15-10:00 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 308

Searching for a ‘China model’ along the Belt and Road. Dr. David Skidmore, Professor of Political Science. 

Session 3.1 - Visiting Scholar Presentation

9:15-10:15 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 335

Disability rights in the U.S. and China. Renci Xie, Research Assistant, Syracuse University.

Session 1.3 - Faculty Research Presentation

10:30-10:45 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 301

China's Insurance Markets: Data, Insights, and Opportunities. Dr. Doug Bujakowski, Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Risk Management.

Session 2.3 - Panel Discussion

10:30-11:30 am, Collier Scripps Hall Room 308

Drake in China: A Documentation Project.* Moderated by Dr. En Li, Assistant Professor of Chinese History. 

  • Christianity in China through the Drake University Bible College. Kaiya Kielb Young, International Relations and History.
  • Chinese Cultural Exchange in the Modern Day. Tavia Swarney, Anthropology and Sociology.
  • Discussants: 
    • David Skidmore, Professor of Political Science
    • Liping Zheng, Professor of Economics
    • Hope Bibens, Associate Professor and Director of Archives & Special Collections 

*The research of this project was made possible by a Collaborative Research Grant from the Provost's Office. Special thanks to Renée Cramer, the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, for her generous support. 

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