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B-CU Professor Spends Summer Teaching in Beijing

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Associate History Professor, Dr. Jeannette Ford will Teach for a Month in Chaoyang, Beijing

Dr. Jeanette Ford will spend the month of July in Beijing and Thailand teaching 35-40 students and consulting with colleagues on a book she plans to publish. The Associate History Professor will teach a course entitled, “Persuasive Debating, Theories, Strategies and Practice" on the campus of International University of Business and Economics in the Chaoyang district of Beijing, PRC.

“One week prior to the start of teaching, I will consult with a Chinese language and history scholar acquaintance in Bangkok, Thailand to solidify themes and content for a book in progress,” Dr. Ford shared. Dr. Ford is not a stranger to teaching and researching abroad. She was introduced to the opportunity by B-CU colleague, Dr. Xiaohe Wu, a computer science and engineering professor. However, Dr. Ford studied studied language in Singapore at Nanyang University and was the first person chosen for the SUNY Stony Brook -Fudan University sister school exchange program, after an SUNY MA in History.

She has also taught English as a Foreign Language through history and other subjects for several years in China at Fudan University, Shanghai Normal University, and Shanghai University just to name some of her educational travels.

Additionally, Dr. Ford will consult with colleagues to determine themes for her next book. “The next book is about 1980-2000 returned from North America Chinese intellectuals.  The book will use surveys, oral histories and other resources to analyze experiences of individuals in the modern group, some of whom were former students and colleagues,” she added.

During her travel leisure, Dr. Ford will travel to Shanghai, meet with friends and colleagues, research and enjoy local cuisine and sights. She will return to the United States at the end of July.

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