Pasquerella's Beijing Interview to Be Seen As Live Webcast

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 15:49

The June 12 interview can be seen on the U.S. State Department/Asia website.

President Lynn Pasquerella is on the road this month, making her second trip to Asia in the past 18 months. After a stop in Nanjing, China, for the June 8-10 Women’s Education Worldwide Conference, she is spending this week in China and Korea visiting with government and education officials to promote women’s education and leadership, as well as the importance of liberal arts.

After leaving Nanjing, Pasquerella will travel to Shanghai for a meeting with alumnae on Monday, June 11, then move on to Beijing on Tuesday, June 12 to meet with government officials and launch a new Mount Holyoke program for Chinese high school students.

As part of the latter visit, Pasquerella will be interviewed by broadcast journalist Mona Locke–wife of U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke–at the Beijing America Center; the interview will be webcast live by the U.S. State Department Tuesday from 11:30 pm to midnight EST. Pasquerella will also meet with a number of leaders, including Hao Ping, vice-minister, Ministry of Education; Zou Xiaoqiao, director general, All-China Women’s Federation; and Robert Wang, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

During her two-day stay in Beijing, Pasquerella will discuss the Women's Academy for International Leadership Development, a new program for high school students being launched on campus from July 23 through August 17. In the spirit of the 100,000 Strong Initiative, high-achieving high school students from China and the United States will study with Mount Holyoke College faculty members and others. Participants will also be mentored by professionals in the most promising areas for career advancement, from biotech and high tech, to patent law, event planning, human resources, the entertainment and music industries, and the nonprofit and international governmental sectors.

The president will visit Seoul, Korea, June 14-15, during which she will meet with the president of Ewha Women’s University, visit the Korean Student Aid Foundation, and meet with local MHC alumnae. She and Ewha President S. W. Kim will be interviewed by a reporter from Arirang TV on June 14.

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