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Visiting professor from China to give lecture on Internet censorship

August 26, 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Peiquin Zhou, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Drake University, will give a talk on Chinese Internet censorship on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at noon at the Greater Des Moines Partnership office at 700 Locust Street.

The lecture, "The Challenged Internet Censorship System in China: A Case Study of the Green Dam Youth Escort," will focus on pornography-filtering software that is required to be installed on every computer sold in China. Zhou will speak about attempts in China to resist filtering software on computers.

Zhou is an associate professor and deputy chair in the sociology department in the School of Social and Behavioral Study at Nanjing University in China, 150 miles west of Shanghai.

She is spending the 2009-10 academic year at Drake as part of the Fulbright Scholarship program, which awards grants to allow scholars from overseas to teach in the United States and for scholars in the United States to teach in other countries. The goal of the Fulbright program is to improve mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.

While at Drake, Zhou is co-teaching courses and conducting research with faculty members.

She received her doctorate in mass communication from The University of Alabama. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism and bachelor’s degree in Chinese linguistics and literature from Nanjing University. Her research specialties are mass media and society.

Zhou has been published in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Communication, China Media Research and Film Art.

The Sept. 1 lecture is sponsored by the Drake University Center on Global Citizenship, Pioneer Hi-Bred and the Iowa Council for International Understanding.

For more information on this lecture and other upcoming events, visit the Drake Center on Global Citizenship's Web site at http://www.drake.edu/international/cgc/or call 515-271-2117.