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Taiwan Lecture Series

As part of its critical-language grant funded by the United States Department of Defense, Project GO at The Citadel administers the interdisciplinary Taiwan Lecture Series, which brings various scholars to The Citadel to speak on the history, politics and culture of the Republic of China and its relationship with the world.

The lecture series is open to the public

Previous lecturers include:

The Search for Cultural Identity in Taiwan, the 'Orphan of Asia'

October 12, 2017

Dr. Krista Van Fleit, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, The University of South Carolina

Krista Van Fleit is Associate Professor of Chinese studies at the University of South Carolina.  She also directs the Chinese program and serves as the director of the Centers for Asian Studies and Islamic World Studies.  Dr. Van Fleit has lived many years in China, where she was affiliated with Beijing University and also worked as a journalist at the now defunct English language magazine City Weekend, and she also spent one summer studying Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center in Taiwan.  Her articles have been published in journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Asian Cinema, and her first book, Literature the People Love, was published in 2013.  Currently, Dr. Van Fleit is turning her attention to India and the cultural connections between the two largest Asian nations as we enter the so-called Asian Century.  She recently spent six months on a Fulbright in New Delhi conducting research for the new project, and hopes to have a manuscript completed by the end of this school year.

A Gateway to China: the Tumultuous History of Taiwan

January 30, 2017

Dr. Keith Knapp, Professor of History, The Citadel

Keith Knapp is the History Department's specialist on East Asia. He regularly teaches courses on the history of pre-modern China, modern China, Japan, and the Silk Road. He has also offered special topic courses on East Asian religions, Chinese philosophy and religion, and East Asian historical conceptions of leadership. He is the author of Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China, as well as a numerous book chapters and articles. He is co-editor of Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. He is the President of the Early Medieval China Group and the Chair of the Southeast Early China Roundtable.

The Politics of Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

February 6, 2017

Dr. Guoli Liu, Professor of Political Science, College of Charleston

Guoli Liu’s main teaching and research emphasis is comparative politics and international relations with a focus on East Asia. He is the author of States and Markets: Comparing Japan and Russia (Westview Press), Politics and Government in China (ABC-CLIO),editor of Chinese Foreign Policy in Transition (Aldine Transaction), (with Lowell Dittmer) China’s Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition (Rowman and Littlefield), and (with Quansheng Zhao) Managing the China Challenge (Routledge). His current research focuses on the relationship between socioeconomic development and political democratization, and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy change. 

For questions about the Taiwan Lecture Series, please contact Noah Koubenec, Assistant Director for Fellowships.


Project GO is a nationally-competitive scholarship program that funds domestic and abroad critical-language study for students enrolled in Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC at any accredited US institution of higher education. At The Citadel, Project GO scholarships are offered for summer and semester Chinese-language study in the United States and abroad.

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