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"Tour the World at Home This Summer" with Free Noon Lectures from Internationally Renowned Professors at PS
Author: Office of University Communications, 503-725-3711
Posted: July 2, 2008

Portland State University will host its award-winning summer lecture series showcasing visiting professors.

A PSU tradition for more than 25 years, the "Tour the World at Home this Summer" series highlights visiting scholars from countries such as China, Germany and Italy (listed below). The brown-bag lectures are held every Wednesday, July 16-August 6, from noon-1 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center, room 228 (1825 SW Broadway). All lectures are free and open to the public.

The lectures provide distinctive perspectives and international points of view from faculty whose specialties range from Australian and Canadian poetry to the history of landscape conservation. This year the lecture series is showcasing four visiting professors. For more information, contact Anne George, Office of International Affairs (503-725-8593). Additional information is also available at

Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, July 16, "The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing: Challenge and Opportunity for China," Tianxiang Zhan (China)
Tianxiang Zhan teaches in the department of History at Zhejiang University. He travels and lectures widely at American universities and at international conferences, including the Friends World Program, Wharton International Forum and the Symposium on International Education. Zhan was a visiting professor at PSU in 1996-97 and has returned every summer since then to teach in the Summer Session.

Wednesday, July 23, "Can We Win the War on Drugs?" Renato Carletti (Italy)
Renato Carletti came to PSU in 1997 as an international graduate student, earning both his master's and doctoral degrees in Sociology. His studies emphasized medical sociology, stratification theories and statistical methods for data analysis. Today Carletti lectures at the University of Milano-Bicocca and engages in research for public and private research institutes in Italy.

Wednesday, July 30, "Preserving the Italian Cultural Landscape: Man vs. Nature," Mauro Agnoletti (Italy)
A professor in the department of Forestry and Environmental Science at the University of Florence, Agnoletti is well known in Europe and the United States for his work on the history of landscape conservation, with a particular focus on forest management. He participated in the International Visiting Professor Program during the 2003 and 2005 Summer Sessions.

Wednesday, August 6, "Urban Violence and Other Social Problems: European and American Responses," Laurent Roesch (France)
Laurent Roesch is a professor in the department of English at the University of Avignon, France. Roesch's research interests include the political, economic and cultural history of the United States, with emphasis on social policy and the myths of the "dangerous city" and "dangerous classes."

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