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Ezra Vogel

Renowned East Asia scholar Ezra Vogel during his China Speaker Series talk at Emory in February 2012.

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Halle Institute inaugurates China Speaker Series

The Halle Institute for Global Learning organized a new China Speaker Series this spring in collaboration with the China Research Center and The Carter Center China Program. The series was established to explore China’s political history in the midst of its extraordinary rise as a world power in the 21st century. Speakers included Yu Keping, the Chinese public intellectual who penned Democracy Is a Good Thing; Ezra Vogel, the renowned scholar of modern China and Japan; David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and a fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Elizabeth Perry, who directs the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

New PhD program explores global impact of Islam

Emory has approved a new doctoral program in Islamic Civilizations Studies, which will offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global impact of Islam. Emory already is home to top scholars in the fields of Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, South Asian studies, political science, law, and anthropology. Though the university currently offers an Islamic track in the Graduate Division of Religion, the new program is designed for study of Islamic civilizations beyond the topic of religion. The program will begin accepting applications in fall 2012 for the first class of students entering in fall 2013.

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