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Changes in China discussed at next 'Learning OutLoud'

Oct. 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- China's political, economic and cultural changes will be the topic of Tuesday, Oct. 28, discussion for the community featuring a Western Michigan University expert on the country.

"China: An Ancient Civilization in an Era of Turbulent Change," will feature Dr. Thomas Kostrzewa, part-time instructor in political science at WMU. The free session will begin at 7 p.m. in the Portage Senior Center at the Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane, Portage, Mich. It is part of the "Learning OutLoud Discussion Series: Understanding Diverse Cultures through Literature, Art and Music." The series is sponsored by the Arts Outreach Fund of Kalamazoo County, and the Portage District Library.

"The discussion will address a number of experiences associated with the rapid transition of China's development over the last 20 years," says Kostrzewa. "We'll be looking at things like the migration of distant, rural peoples to the cities, and the modern, urban middle-class movement taking place in the country."

Dr. Nicholas Adreadis, WMU associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, serves as moderator and coordinator of the series. Sessions are formatted with a series of questions posed by Andreadis before discussion is opened up to the audience. A list of relevant books will be provided at the end of the evening for those wanting additional information.

For more information, contact the Portage District Library at (269) 329-4542 ext. 600, or visit the Web at <www.portagelibrary.info>. Andreadis can be reached at (269) 387-3504.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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