Schortgen to Discuss the Rise of China

September 12, 2011

Dr. Francis SchortgenDr. Francis Schortgen, assistant professor of political science and international studies at the University of Mount Union, will present The Rise of China: Perception vs. Reality on Tuesday, September 27 at the LINC luncheon. The luncheon will be held in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, located on the University’s campus.
Schortgen’s presentation will focus on debunking prevailing myths and misperceptions in the ongoing China discourse, specifically with regard to China’s rising economic and financial power, the aggressive internationalization of business enterprises and the commitment to extensive military modernization as well as a nascent geopolitical and geostrategic assertiveness. The talk will elaborate on whether the nature, speed and scope of China’s rising prominence in the international political and economic realms constitute a threat to guard against or a challenge to adjust to. During his presentation he also will comment on the costs and benefits associated with reacting to China’s rise with suspicion and enmity as opposed to a willingness for understanding and engagement.
A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2008, Schortgen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Miami University, a Master of Arts degree in Asia-Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from Miami University. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union, he taught courses within Miami University’s Department of Political Science. From December 2001 to July 2004, he also worked as a business consultant in Seoul, South Korea.
His research interests include an array of topics such as emerging market dynamics, United States-China relations, globalization of Chinese enterprises and Chinese political economy. Schortgen’s work has been published in China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and China and the Global Economy in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2011) as well as academic journals including International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Asia Pacific Perspectives and Politics & Policy, among others. He regularly presents at high-level national and international conferences including Harvard University (2008-2011), Busan National University (2010) and Singapore Management University (2011). He also is a member of the Academy of International Business, the Association of Chinese Political Studies, and the China Business Network.
The community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exists in Alliance, in light of the University’s exceptional academic reputation. This is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge on current topics from local experts and a chance to interact with members of the University and greater Alliance community.
The sessions are open to the public and will run from noon until 1 p.m. during the third Tuesday of the months of September, October, November, January, February and March. The cost of each lunch is $10, but a discounted season ticket is available for $50. Payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited.
Additional sessions will be held on October 25 featuring Dr. Jennifer Hall, associate professor of foreign languages and cultures, faculty director of the Center for Global Education and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures. She will present Does France Really Matter? On November 22, Dr. Ronald Mendel, associate professor of human performance and sport business and director of the Exercise Science Program at Mount Union, will discuss Fit or Fat?
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Chris Pontius at Mount Union at (330) 823-3296.
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