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Maumee Valley Country Day School will continue its Global Education Program with a lecture by author and University of Notre Dame professor Lionel Jensen.
Jensen wrote “Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization” and will speak to the presence of China in the 21st century.
The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Millennium Theatre on the campus of Maumee Valley, 1715 S. Reynolds Road. The event is free and open to the public.
This is the third year for the Global Education Program, which is themed around China and its role in the 21st century for the 2008-09 school year, according to Jarin Jaffee, Maumee Valley, co-director of Global Education Program
“We basically pick a theme for the year and in terms of inviting speakers, we try to find a diverse group of people,” Jaffee said.
The first of the Global Program speakers in this round was Judith Shapiro, director of Global Environmental Politics Program at American University and author of “Mao’s War Against Nature.” The third and final speaker in the series will be Da Chen, a former Chinese dissident turned novelist, memoirist and children’s book author and speaker. Chen will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 20.
Jaffee said the budget for bringing in speakers is $7,500 annually. None of the money comes from tuition or from the school’s operating budget. It is purely through donations and private support, in particular Joan Bayer’s.
“Certainly, the attendance has been good at all of them, 80 to 100, over 150 people at some of them,” he said.
Jaffee expects Jensen to attract a crowd because of his knowledge of Chinese society, religion, nationalism and culture. He has traveled throughout East Asia and has lived in Taiwan, Japan and China.
Jaffee said students and their parents often attend the presentations because Maumee Valley enables students to get a global scholar certificate and part of the requirement is attending lectures.
A book-signing and dessert reception will follow Jensen’s public lecture.