Memorial Lecture Brings World Issues to Baylor

March 27, 2012

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The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) will host the 18th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues featuring David M. Lampton, Ph.D., the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and director of the China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Lampton, who also is the dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins, will speak about "The United States and China in the Era of the 'Pivot' to Asia." He specializes in the areas of East Asia, China and Taiwan, and is a former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and former director of China Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the Nixon Center. Among other honors, Lampton has earned the inaugural Scalapino Prize for contributions to American understanding of Asia.

The Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues was created to honor Laura Blanche Jackson, Baylor class of '85, who was involved in campus activities, including Student Foundation and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Baylor-sponsored trips abroad furthered Jacksons' interest in world issues, and following graduation she became the director of marketing for the World Affairs Council in San Antonio before dying from cancer in 1992. The memorial lectureships are dedicated to showing students how individual issues contribute to and create today's world affairs.

Previous speakers have included scholars such as Dr. Michael Mandelbaum, Dr. George Weigel, Mr. Charles Hill, Dr. Robert J. Lieber and Dr. Andrew C. Kutchins.

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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