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Emory Teams with Nanjing University for International Symposium

On March 14 & 15, 2022 we hosted the first Nanjing-Emory University International Symposium on topics in literature, culture, and language research and practice. This inaugural event provided an opportunity to share new research and pedagogical activities, showcase collaborative projects, discover new intersections between our diverse disciplines and institutions, and establish a venue for continued collaboration.

The symposium brought together fourteen scholars, who gave paper presentations on topics ranging from narrative and translation studies, textual scholarship and material culture, to linguistics and pedagogy, and a discussion of a pioneering collaborative project, the Nanjing-Emory English Language Program. The symposium began with opening remarks by Emory’s Vice Provost for the Global Strategies and Initiatives Philip Wainwright, Nanjing University’s Vice President Zhenlin Wang, and the REALC Department chair Juliette Apkarian. Zhao Wenshu, Dean of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University gave concluding remarks.

The symposium prominently showcased the exciting research of our REALC faculties Hsu-Te Cheng and Yichun Xu. Several other REALC faculties served as panel chairs and moderators, including Guangchen Chen, Hong Li, and Maria Franca Sibau, who was also one of the conference organizers.

The event was generously sponsored by the office of Global Strategies and Initiatives at Emory University, the REALC Department, and Nanjing University. GSI provided superb technical support for the Webinar, and Nanjing University offered professional simultaneous translation service during the event.

This event was a great success, with a record number of nearly 400 registrants from the US, China, and several other countries around the world.

Warmest congratulations to all participants, presenters, panel chairs, organizers, translators, and technical staff who made this event possible!