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Kean to Host Issues 08 Speaker Series during Presidential Race

UNION – Kean University will host the third lecture in its Issues ’08 series on Thursday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wilkins Theatre. Orville Schell, an internationally recognized expert on China and United States relations and a distinguished author and journalist, will address How Should We Look at China? Issues ’08 examines key topics central to the presidential election and features experts in fields such as national security, the economy, United States-China relations and immigration, among others.

Schell currently serves as the Arthus Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York and was the dean of the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell has served on the board of Human Rights Watch, Current TV and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His written work includes some fifteen books, ten of them about China, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven and Discos and Democracy, as well as the five-volume China Reader. He is currently working on issues of continuing political and economic reform in China.

He has contributed articles to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the cover story, China’s Agony of Defeat in the August 8 edition of Newsweek, and other publications such as Wired, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times and The Atlantic.

Schell has also worked as a correspondent and consultant for several PBS Frontline documentaries, as well as an Emmy award-winning program on China for CBS’ 60 Minutes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship and the Columbia/Freedom Forum Fellowship.

The series is free and open to the public. Individuals wishing to attend the lecture may contact Kean University’s Office of Media & Publications at 908-737-0580. For more information, visit