Penn-in-Beijing Summer Abroad Program awarded funding

Eight successful proposals from around the University have been selected for this Summer's (2007) awards for Innovation in International Offerings, including one for the development of Annenberg's Penn-in-Beijing Summer Abroad Program.

Funding awarded to Dr. Carolyn Marvin, Frances Yates Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication; Monroe Price, director of the Annenberg Center for Global Communication Studies; and Dr. Bingchun Meng, lecturer in the Annenberg School for Communication, will support two five week immersion courses for up to 15 undergraduates on global communication in an Asian context, as seen through the lens of China’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Coursework will be interdisciplinary and will utilize the Olympic theme as a case study platform from which to examine media institutions and other entities involved in China’s entrance into the global spotlight. The cohort of Penn students will learn together on site at Peking University with an equal number of Chinese students.