On Thursday, April 24 a number of history department students and faculty participated in the Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia hosted by Asian Studies. The day’s events, organized by history professor and Coordinator of Asian Studies Jinhee Lee, included an award ceremony, two student research panels, a roundtable discussion, and a guest speaker session entitled “Territorial Disputes in Contemporary Asia” featuring Dr. Rustin Gates of Bradley University and Dr. Jongnam Choi of Western Illinois University.
At the award ceremony, history major Taylor Coffman was awarded the Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarship, which she will use this summer while attending Ajou University, one of the EIU’s sister universities in South Korea. History major Quentin Spannagel presented his paper, “The Carter Administration and the Taiwan Relations Act,” during the first panel session, on which history professor Edmund Wehrle served as a discussant. History professors Brian Mann, Bailey Young, Lee Patterson, Edmund Wehrle as well as a number of history students participated in the discussion following the two student presentation panels as well as in the lunchtime roundtable discussion “What to Teach about Asia in American Universities?” During the final panel of the day, history professors Jinhee Lee and Jon Coit served as discussants.
The EIU Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia was sponsored by the EIU Foundation’s Redden Grants and Faculty Development Collaboration Grants. Asian Studies would like to thank the College of Arts and Humanities, the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity, the Minority Affairs Office, the History Department, and all faculty and student members who made this meaningful interdisciplinary program possible, especially the members of the Asian Studies Executive, Awards, Publicity, and Colloquium Committees, and Ms. Connie Clarkson and Ms. Donna Nichols for their administrative support.