Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University Examines meaning of the Beijing Olympics
- Released on Oct 19, 2008
College Station, September 29, 2008 - The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University (CI-TAMU) and the Glasscock Center for the Humanities hosted a reception and Olympic seminar recently. Approximately 50 students, faculty and friends from the College Station and Bryan community attended this event. The goal of the seminar was to explore the deeper meaning of the Beijing Olympics, both from perspectives within China and internationally. The speakers addressed the role of the Olympics in China’s self perception, as well as some of the geopolitical issues that China faced in the run up to the Olympics. The speakers included academics from a variety of academic perspectives. picture Dr. Di Wang, from the Department of History, discussed the Olympics in reference to China’s long quest for global prominence. Dr. Antonio La Pastina, from the Department of Communication, examined china’s use of the media during the Olympics to shape domestic perceptions, and Dr. Andrew Scobell from the Bush School of Government and Public Service discussed the geopolitical implications of the Olympic games.