Online chat to discuss URI Honors Colloquium

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on growing role of China, Sept. 13

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 6, 2007 – University of Rhode Island faculty members Yan Ma and Timothy George will answer questions about the increasing importance of China in world affairs and the upcoming URI Honors Colloquium on that topic during an online chat on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

The “China Rising” Honors Colloquium will explore China’s dramatic transformation over the past three decades, one that has returned it to the leading role it has played throughout most of world history. Speakers in the series will discuss issues ranging from labor, government, business, security, environment, dissidents, education, and the arts.

Ma and George are the co-coordinators of the Colloquium lecture series, which will also include art exhibits and musical performances. A professor of library and information studies, Ma is interested in the critical and cultural analysis of technologies in education and information systems. George, associate professor of history, teaches such classes as “East Asian Culture and History” and “The History of Modern China.”

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question-and-answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the website.