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Lecture explores China's perspective of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

March 23, 2010
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Drake University will sponsor a lecture on the Chinese media's perception of the 2008 Olympics by Weidong Zhang, an expert on Chinese language, media and popular culture, on Thursday, March 25.

The free, public discussion will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

Zhang's talk, "Beyond the Glamour and Glory: How Does China Perceive its Rise? A Discourse Analysis of People's Daily Editorials on Beijing 2008 Olympic Games," will explore the intersection of media, culture and Chinese society.

Zhang serves as assistant professor of language, culture and Chinese society for the Global Studies Program at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.

He received his bachelor's degree from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Nanjing University in China. Zhang holds a master's degree in Asian studies and a doctorate in mass communications, both of which he received from the University of Iowa.

The lecture is sponsored by Drake University's Center for Global Citizenship (CGC).

The CGC educates students to function effectively in different cultural contexts, and to see their own culture from the perspective of others. The Center also works to ensure that global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community.

For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit the Drake Center for Global Citizenship's Spring 2010 schedule at or call 515-271-2117.