LECTURES, FEATURED AUTHOR

AND OTHER EVENTS/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 

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“Race, Gender, Empire, and the Cultural Afterlives of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.” School of Foreign Languages and Literature,   Shaanxi Normal University. May 26, 2014. 

“Race, Gender, Empire, and the Cultural Afterlives of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.” School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Shaanxi University of Science & Technology. May 26, 2014. 

“Returning to the Basics? Reflections on College Writing Instruction.” School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Zhejiang Ocean University. May 19, 2014. 

“Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation: A Journey from Concept to Book,” “Literary Translation: Tapping Your Creative Potential to Re-Create an Imagined World,” and “Writing Instruction for English Majors: Students, Textbooks, Courses, and Pedagogies in the Context of American Colleges and Universities.” Series of lectures given at South China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, and Nanjing Agricultural University respectively, March 19-April 2, 2013.  

 

“Writing Instruction for English Majors in American Colleges and Universities: An Overview.” A (90-minute) talk given to English professors of Kunming University, Kunming Normal University, and other colleges/universities in the Kunming area. June 2, 2012.

 

“Bridging the Pacific: My Cross-Cultural Journey as an English Professor in the US.” A (90-minute) talk given to the students of the School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Kuming Agricultural University. June 3, 2012.

 

“What do English Majors in American Colleges and Universities
Write about and How (Well)” A (90-minute) talk given to the students of the School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Nanjing Normal University. May 31, 2012.

 

Feature Stories. World of Overseas Chinese. CCTV-9 (Chinese Central Television Channel 9, worldwide broadcast). Two 25-minute episodes. August 17, 18, 2011. 

 

Lecture Series on Literary Translation, Creative Writing, Research/Scholarship. College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Eastern China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, May 22-25, 2011. 

 

“Flash Fiction.” The Asian American Writer Workshop. New York, NY. July 23, 2009.

 

Lecture Series on Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking and Argumentative Writing. China FLT Textbooks and Methodology Research Center, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, June 1-3, 2009.

 

“History and the Novel: The Role of Literature in Understanding the Dynamics of Power.” Honors Program Lecture. Harrisburg Area Community College, PA. March 26-27, 2008.

 

“Translating from Novel to Screenplay: Challenges and Pitfalls Merging Three Cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Western).” Seminar Lecture (Ellen Muir). National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences New York. 6:00PM-8:00PM, March 19, 2008.

 

“China Complex: Its Scarred History and Rising to Superpowerdom in Earthly Contexts.” Southington Rotary Club, CT. March 19, 2008.

 

Honors Program Lecture. “History and the Novel: The Role of Literature in Understanding the Dynamics of Power.” Harrisburg Area Community College, PA, March 27, 2008.

 

Featured Author/Speaker. Kennedy Middle School Writing Contest. Southington, CT. Feb. 8, 2007.

 

Featured Speaker. “Impac[t]ing the World with Your Words”. 2006 IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers Trust. Western Connecticut State University. April 27, 2006.

 

Featured Speaker. “Bridging the Pacific: A Personal Journey from a Different Shore.” Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Norwalk Community College, CT. April 27, 2006.

 

Featured Author. Connecticut Center for the Book's World of Words Program. Sponsored by Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT. April 5, 2006.

 

Featured Author. Wildwood Writers Conference. Harrisburg Area Community College. Harrisburg, PA. March 31, 2006.

 

“Geopolitical Environment for Sustainable Development in China: Sino-Japan Relations, the Rape of Nanking, and Cause for Peace and Humanity.” Paper presentation and panel organizer. The 11th International Conference, American Chinese Professors of Social Sciences.  October 28-30, 2005 at California State University-Fullerton, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Featured Author. When the Purple Mountain Burns. Sponsored by Central Pennsylvania Chinese Association. Hershey, PA. November 19, 2005.

Featured Author. When the Purple Mountain Burns. "China Crosstalk," KTSF Channel 26, San Francisco, CA. October 28, 2005. 30 minutes.

 

Presenter/Workshop Leader. “Fact to Fiction: Challenges of Writing Fiction about Historical/Past Events” The Connecticut Writers’ Conference At Norwalk Community College. Norwalk, CT. October 20, 2005.

 

Featured Author. When the Purple Mountain Burns. Sponsored by Milford Senior Center Fall 2005 Lecture Series. Milford, CT. October 19, 2005.

 

Featured Author. When The Purple Mountain Burns. Sponsored by the MFA of the English Department and the University Library. Westside Campus, Western Connecticut State University, August 3, 2005. 

 

Featured Author. Presenting copies of When the Purple Mountain Burns in all three editions (English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese). Sponsored by the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre. Nanjing, China. June 14, 2005. Event covered by local and national media (both newspapers and television stations).  

 

Featured Author. The release of the Chinese edition of When the Purple Mountain Burns.  Shanghai, China. June 9, 2005. (interviewed by Shanghai media; one hour).

 

“Personal Essay and Memoir Writing Workshop/Process of Writing Panel/Writing the Journey Panel.” 2005 Connecticut State University Writing Conference at Central Connecticut State University, CT. April 29, 2005.

 

Public Reading. When The Purple Mountain Burns (work-in-progress). The Silo, New Milford, CT. May 16, 2004. 

 

Public Reading. Sample chapters from When The Purple Mountain Burns. 2004 CSU Faculty Research Conference. Southern Connecticut Sate University SCSU, April 24, 2004.

 

Lecture. “Strategies for Teaching Effective Revision Effectively.” Summer Institute for College English Instructors, Shanghai, China. August 2-5, 2003.

 

Literary Reading. Personal Essays. The Silo, New Milford, CT. Sept. 8, 2002.

 

Featured Speaker. “Bridging the Pacific for a Mature and Stable Relationship.” Air Force Asian Science & Technology Forum (Session XII). Georgetown, Washington, DC. April 24, 2002.

Personal Essay Workshop. 2002 Connecticut State University Writing Conference. Eastern Connecticut State University, April 12, 2002.

 

Featured Writer. Wildwood Writers’ Conference. Harrisburg Area Community College, PA (reading and workshop), April 12, 2001.

 

Featured speaker. Bridging the Pacific. The Jewish Community Center’s Senior Adult Club. Harrisburg, PA. November 30, 2000.

 

 “The In-laws Are Coming" and Other Writings, and Panelist on Writing and Technologies. 20th Wildwood Writers' Conference. Harrisburg, PA. March 25-26, 1999.

 

“Transient in the East" and Other Short Stories and Essays. 19th Wildwood Writers' Conference. Harrisburg, PA. March 24-25, 1998.

 

Guest Interpreting. Intro to Creative Processes (Jeanne Lakatos) international poet/artist team: Huang Xiang/William Rock (via Skype). Western Connecticut State University. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, and Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010.  

 

Guest Teaching.  “The Evidence” (a short story of mine). Eng 106 Intro to Fiction (Jeanne Lakatos). Western Connecticut State University. March 05, 2008.

 

Guest Teaching. “The Evidence” (a short story of mine). Eng 106 Intro to Fiction (Jeanne Lakatos). Western Connecticut State University. March 05, 2008.

 

Guest Teaching. The Megasection (Maureen Maguire). Western Connecticut State University. Spring, 2008.

 

Guest Teaching. “Textual Analysis” (as one of the four modes of inquiry; the other three being: scientific and mathematical analysis; artistic creation and analysis; historical, cultural and social analysis).  Western Connecticut Sate University Honors Program (Dr. Steven Ward). October 31, 2007.

 

Guest Teaching. “The Evidence” (a short story of mine). Eng 106 Intro to Fiction (Karen Jambeck). Western Connecticut State University. Spring 2006.

 

Guest Teaching. “Propaganda in China during The Mao Years.” CTA 263: Persuasion & Propaganda (Prof. Jeanne Christie), Western Connecticut Sate University. October 20, 2004.

 

Discussant. “Honors Seminar on the Last Effects of Colonialism on Contemporary Global Issues,” Western Connecticut Sate University Honors Program (Dr. Steven Ward), September 28, 2004.

 

Presentation/Discussion. “The Rape of Nanjing: Why don’t Americans know about this topic? What’s behind the crusade to forget in Japan? What’s the danger of collective amnesia?” Banned Books Week Series. Western Connecticut Sate University, September 27, 2004.