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Lecture series to explore China’s rapid modernization

BY CLARA MOSKOWITZ

Take a look at your clothes, your coffee cup, even the chair you're sitting on. Chances are they were made in China. The explosive industrialization sweeping the People's Republic of China is a clear sign of the country's rising prominence on the world scene.

"Made in China," a four-part lecture series sponsored by School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, will explore the consequences of rapid modernization and burgeoning population growth in China. The series is free and open to the public.

Author Ted Fishman will present the first lecture, "How China Is Changing, and How China Is Changing the World," at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in Memorial Auditorium. Author of the bestselling book China Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, Fishman will discuss the global impact of China's booming economy. The talk will follow a screening of 10,000 Shovels, a video by Karen Seto, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford. The film uses satellite images to illustrate the environmental changes that have occurred in China's Pearl River Delta over the last 30 years.

Three additional lectures in the "Made in China" series will be held next year in Kresge Auditorium:

  • Jan. 23, "Energy and Resource Needs"
  • Feb. 13, "Urbanization and Land Use"
  • March 6, "Food Production and the Scarcity of Water"
  • All three lectures are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Cindy Gori: gori@stanford.edu or 725-4395.

    Clara Moskowitz is a science-writing intern with Stanford News Service.