Fairfield University Danke Li received $4,000 from Li Educational Foundation

Danke Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Fairfield, has received $4,000 from the Li Educational Foundation (no relation), in support of "China: Its People and Culture," a year-long series of programs. The funding will support lectures, four film screenings, and performances by Chinese musicians, Dr. Li said. Matching support from the University will provide the resources for the creation of a web site for the Asian Studies program that will feature this project along with various other important achievements of the program's students and faculty.

Recently, an article in the New York Times Magazine has declared that the 21st century is the Chinese Century," Dr. Li said. "The substantial role that China plays in today's global affairs requires us to provide quality education on China to our students. The events sponsored by the Li Educational Foundation will promote the awareness of the 'Chinese Century' at Fairfield."

Dr. Peter Kwong, Urban Affairs professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York and an expert on Chinese American immigrant and labor issues, will present the first lecture in the series on December 1. Another speaker will be scheduled for next semester. For more information about the China lectures and events, contact Dr. Li at 203-254-4000 x 2353.

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit university that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. In the 2005 U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" Fairfield ranks third among universities with master's programs in the North and The Princeton Review named Fairfield one of the nation's 77 "best value" undergraduate institutions in "America's Best Value Colleges."

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