University to present programs on Taiwan

Shippensburg University will present a series of three programs beginning Sept. 2 called “Passport to Taiwan.”

The programs, sponsored by the university's Office of Social Equity and the Commission on Human Understanding, are free and open to the public.

The first program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in Old Main Chapel features a talk by Dr. Cheng-Few Lee, Distinguished Professor of Finance at Rutgers University. His topic is “Economic Development and Prospective in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan: The Impact on the U.S. Economy.” Facilitating the presentation will Dr. John Kooti, dean of the John L. Grove College of Business.

Lee is a leading financial economics scholar in the world. He has published more than 170 articles and is reported to be the world’s most prolific author in finance literature between 1959 and 2008. He is director of the Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting and the Conference on Pacific Basin Business, Economics and Finance. In addition, he is editor of the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting and the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies.

The second program is 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Grove Hall 202 featuring John J. Tkacik, Jr., a former member of the U.S. the State Department and a former Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. His topic is “The history and current developments of Taiwan.” Facilitating the program will be Professor Janet Ruby of the art department.

The third program is at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Grove Hall 101 and features a panel discussion with a welcome from Shippensburg President Bill Ruud. Panelists include Coen Blaauw of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Dr. Catherine Dibello, professor of English at Shippensburg who will also facilitate the presentation, and Dr. Gerrit van der Wees, editor of Taiwan Communiqué at the Formosan Association for Public Affairs. The title of the presentation is “Where is Taiwan coming from?  Understanding Taiwan’s culture, education and career opportunities.”

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Chiou, associate professor of finance and supply chain management, at 477-1139 or via e-mail at