宣讲人：昆山杜克大学本科项目副院长 Dr. Andrew Field
演讲题目： On the Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Liberal arts is often misunderstood to mean arts and humanities education. While it includes those areas, it also includes social sciences and sciences. The idea of a liberal arts education is a student-focused and holistic educational experience, with great attention paid to individual student needs by professors and instructors. This talk will discuss the liberal arts experience and will reference Dr. Field's own undergraduate educational experience at Dartmouth College as an example. He will also discuss how Duke Kunshan is attempting to reinvent the liberal arts experience for the 21st century and create a liberal arts learning environment in China.
Dr. Andrew Field
Dr. Field is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Duke Kunshan University, and he also offers courses and lectures related to Chinese history and culture. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University (2001). He has taught courses in Chinese, East Asian, and World History for many institutions including the University of Puget Sound, the University of New South Wales, Dartmouth College, New York University, Yonsei University, and Boston University.Besides, Dr. Field is the author of three books: Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954 (Chinese University Press, 2010), Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (Hong Kong University Press, 2014), and co-author of Shanghai Nightscapes: The Nocturnal Biography of a Global Metropolis (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He is currently working on a fourth book, Making Noise in the PRC: Indie Rock in China, slated for publication by Reaktion Books in 2016. Andrew also filmed, co-produced and directed an independent documentary film, Down: Indie Rock in the PRC. He is a firm believer in the value of cross-cultural communications and has devoted much of his career to supporting the study abroad experience in China as an important pathway to gaining knowledge of the world and a respect for the great diversity of its peoples.