How far is China willing to go  to implement political reform?

How far is China willing to go  to implement political reform?
September 2, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ The American view of politics in China remains heavily influenced by the protest at Tiananmen Square in 1989 – the ruthless ruling Communist regime suppressing pro-democratic and pro-Western intellectuals.

Global StudiesHowever, the shape of politics in China have changed dramatically since then, according to Joseph Fewsmith, Ph.D., professor of International Relations and Political Science and Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia. Fewsmith argues that while the issue of state ownership vs. free market still exists, there is also debate how reforms would affect China’s regional inequality and its autonomy in an increasingly globalized world.

Fewsmith will present “The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room.

Fewsmith’s visit is facilitated in part by a Title VI grant awarded to Benedictine University to develop a China Studies concentration in the Global Studies major. The Global Studies major provides students with an understanding of the forces that are shaping the world and prepares them to act as responsible citizens in the 21st century.

For more information about the lecture, contact Tonia Rucker at (630) 829-6250.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.