Annual Liberal Arts + Forum Highlight of Recent Trip to Asia

At the second annual Liberal Arts + forum in Beijing on Oct. 19, from left, Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, spoke on a panel moderated by Julia Zhu '91 about Wesleyan's unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching economics and environmental studies.

At the second annual Liberal Arts + forum in Beijing on Oct. 19, Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, left, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, center, spoke on a panel moderated by Julia Zhu ’91, right, about Wesleyan’s unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching economics and environmental studies.

In October, President Michael Roth and other Wesleyan faculty and staff traveled to Asia to meet with alumni, parents, prospective families, and others. The trip included visits to Seoul, Beijing, and Taipei.

A highlight of the trip was Wesleyan’s second annual Liberal Arts + Sustainable Economic Development Forum, which took place in Beijing on Oct. 19. Last year, Wesleyan held the inaugural Liberal Arts + Forum in Shanghai, which highlighted film education and US-China collaborations. (Read the story here.)

Over 100 people attended this year’s forum, including prospective students and families, current parents, counselors, and alumni. The day started with an “admission 101” workshop by Associate Dean of Admission James Huerta that provided invaluable insights for prospective families preparing for the college admission process.

Attendees regrouped in the afternoon for Roth’s opening remarks, which highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary learning and how a liberal arts education equips students with a lifetime of important skills. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Julia Zhu ’91, entrepreneur and CEO of Phoenix TV Culture and Live Entertainment Company, Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies. The speakers discussed Wesleyan’s unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching economics and environmental studies. Later, Tian Ai ’06 and Yinghai Xie ’97, alumni working in the financial services industry, shared their insights into the value of a liberal arts education in personal growth and careers in the second panel, moderated by Ted Plafker ’86, P’17, ’18.

Forum attendee and volunteer Tianhua Shao P’21 commented, “It’s such a privilege to serve as a parent volunteer. Although the forum took a day, I had the valuable opportunity to talk with President Roth, professors, and alumni, and enhance my understanding of liberal arts education and Wesleyan. As a transfer, my daughter is taking full advantage of Wesleyan’s open curriculum and thrives at Wesleyan each and every day!”

Photos from the trip follow (Photos by Fengcun Zhu P’23 and Hui Ji):

President Michael Roth delivered opening remarks at the forum in which he highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary learning and how a liberal arts education equips students with a lifetime of important skills.

President Michael Roth delivered opening remarks at the forum, during which he highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary learning and how a liberal arts education equips students with a lifetime of important skills.

Tian Ai ’06 and Yinghai Xie ’97, alumni working in the financial services industry, shared their insights into the value of a liberal arts education in personal growth and careers in the second panel, moderated by Ted Plafker ’86.

In the second panel, Tian Ai ’06, left, and Yinghai Xie ’97, center, alumni working in the financial services industry, shared their insights into the value of a liberal arts education in personal growth and careers. The panel was moderated by Ted Plafker ’86, P’17, ’18, right.

Over 100 people attended this year's forum.

Over 100 people attended this year’s forum.

Parent volunteers at the forum with President Michael Roth, center.

Parent volunteers at the forum with President Michael Roth, center.

From left, Program Manager for Global Initiatives Zijia Guo, Chernoff, Zhu, Roth, Adelstein, Xie, Ai, Plafker, Vice President for Advancement Frantz Williams at the forum.

From left, Program Manager for Global Initiatives Zijia Guo, Chernoff, Zhu, Roth, Adelstein, Xie, Ai, Plafker, and Vice President for Advancement Frantz Williams at the forum.

President Roth and others visited Elite Scholars of China, founded by Tomer Rothschild '94 (front center, to the left of Roth).

President Roth and others visited Elite Scholars of China, founded by Tomer Rothschild ’94 (front center, to the left of Roth).

Rothschild, left, and Roth, right, speak to prospective students at Elite Scholars of China.

Rothschild, left, and Roth, right, speak to prospective students at Elite Scholars of China.