AMERICUS (Dec. 9, 2013)--Assistant Professor of political science, D. Jason Berggren, Ph.D., recently returned from a 12-day trip to China (Nov. 13-24). He presented three one-hour lectures on President Jimmy Carter at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Before students and faculty, Berggren discussed the political rise and election of Carter in 1976 (Nov. 15), Carter’s foreign policy (Nov. 18), and Carter’s relationship with China during his presidency and post-presidency (Nov. 21). Each lecture was followed by a question-and-answer session.
The lecture program was held to commemorate the 35-year anniversary of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. In an address to the country, Carter announced on December 15, 1978 that relations with the People’s Republic would formally begin on January 1, 1979.
Berggren was invited by Dr. Lin Bohai, the dean of the school of political science. Dr. Lin was a visiting scholar at Georgia Southwestern in the Fall 2010.
During his stay, Berggren was able to visit several points of interest in Sichuan Province, including Guang’an, the hometown of Deng Xiaoping, the leader of China who worked with Carter in normalizing relations between the two countries.
Caption--Assistant Professor of political science, D. Jason Berggren, Ph.D., recently gave three lectures on President Carter to the students and faculty of Southwest Jiaotong University in China.
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