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PBI Lecture: "Islam in China and Beyond: Connecting Asia with the U.S. and the Middle East"

Dru Gladney, president of The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and professor of anthropology, will discuss the important role China's Muslims play as mediators between East and West, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, and global and local Islam in a lecture at Pomona College on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 4:15 p.m.

In his lecture, “Islam in China and Beyond: Connecting Asia with the U.S. and the Middle East,” Gladney will explain why greater attention must be paid to this important population of China given the rising importance of Islam in Asia and China's growing influence in the region.

An internationally respected Asia specialist, Gladney has been a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Getty Museum, SAIC,
National Academy of Sciences, European Center for Conflict Prevention, U.N. High Commission on Refugees, and UNESCO.

A two-time Fulbright Research Scholar to China and Turkey, he has focused his research on ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, specializing in the people, politics, and cultures of the Silk Road. Gladney has conducted long-term field research in Western China, Central Asia, and Turkey, for more than 20 years. His research languages include Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazakh, and Russian. The results of his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, National Public Radio, al-Jazeerah, and in Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

His most recent book is Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

This lecture will be held in the Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), Room 101. For further information, call (909) 607-8065.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center, PBI also offers books, film series and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities.