DSU presents lecture by top Chinese criminologist

ST. GEORGE – Dr. Jing Zhang, one of China’s top criminologists, will speak on “The Span of Cultural Conflict and Crime” at noon, Aug. 28, in the Zion room located on the fifth floor of Holland Centennial Commons, Dixie State University campus.

Chinese Criminologist, Dr. Jing Zhang, lecturer at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, photo undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Chinese Criminologist, Dr. Jing Zhang, lecturer at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, photo undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Zhang’s presentation is a joint kick-off of two DSU series for the 2014-15 school year, specifically the Barnum Honors Lectures and the weekly Dixie Forum: A Window on the World.

Admission is free to all, and those attending are invited to bring their own lunches.

Zhang has been dedicated to the study of criminology, particularly immigrant crimes caused by cultural differences, for 30 years. He worked at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a think tank affiliated with the State Council of China, for 10 years before moving to Japan.

In Japan, Zhang specialized in the study of crimes committed by Chinese immigrants in Japan, from a global perspective, and explored new ways of dealing with the cultural conflicts between the two nations.

Zhang’s research led to him writing the book “Crime of Foreigners in Japan,” which won the Sixth Kikuta Criminology Award. After returning to China in 2004, he gained extensive experience dealing with cultural conflicts by participating in and initiating many national research projects that provided the government with theories and solutions of practical significance.

Dixie Forum is a lecture series designed to introduce the DSU and St. George communities to diverse ideas and personalities and to widen their world views.

Dixie State students can earn one college credit by signing up for HUM 1000, attending lectures regularly, carefully considering the ideas expressed and writing about the presentations.

Resources

Dixie Forum: A Window on the World – Forum coordinator John Burns | Telephone 435-879-4712 | Email burns@dixie.edu |  DSU Humanities Web page on the Dixie Forum

Barnum Honors Lecture series – Lecture coordinator and DSU Associate Professor Dr. Melanie Hinton | Telephone 435-879-4351 | Email melanie.hinton@dixie.edu.

Event recap

  • What: Chinese criminologist, Dr. Jing Zhang, lecture – joint series event for Dixie Forum: A Window on the World and Barnum Honors Lectures
  • When: Aug. 28, noon
  • Where: Holland Centennial Commons, 5th Floor, Zion Room; Dixie State University campus,  225 S. University Ave. St George | Telephone 435-652-7500
  • Cost: No charge, bring your own lunch

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