2015 OUCI Seminar Series

A Two-Part Lunch Talk: Introduction to Modern China

RSVP Here; Lunch is Provided

 This two-part seminar will provide participants with both the historical background and contemporary analyses needed to understand today’s China. The seminar will begin with an overview of China’s geography, people, history and culture which will then serve as a foundation for analyzing and interpreting China’s reemergence on the world stage as a major economic and military power, from both Chinese and Western perspectives. Participants will learn to think about China from a variety of perspectives and to be able to use what they have learned to make their own analyses of the current and future situations in China.

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 9, 2015

Place: Ellison Hall, Room 132, 633 Elm Ave. (Location may change depending on the number of registered attendees)

Instructor: Paul Bell, Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences

Paul B. Bell, Jr.


Dr. Paul Bell is Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences; Regents’ Professor; and Chairman of the OU Confucius Institute Board of Directors at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received his undergraduate degree cum laude in Biology (1968) from Washington University, St. Louis, MO; and his Ph.D. in Biology (1975) from Yale University. After research and teaching appointments at Uppsala University in Sweden, California Institute of Technology, and UCLA he joined the faculty of OU in 1979. From 1997-2013 he served as dean of OU’s largest college. His awards include: Individual Performance Excellence Award from Confucius Institute Headquarters; Outstanding Civic Leader Award from the Asia Society of Oklahoma; and an honorary Doctorate from Linköping University, Sweden. Dean Bell led the effort to establish the OUCI to promote Chinese language instruction in grades K-12. He has also helped found the joint OU-Beijing Normal University Overseas Chinese Literature Dissemination project. He currently teaches about contemporary China to students in the US military as part of the master’s degree program in International Relations offered through OU’s College of Continuing Education.