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Professor from Shanghai to speak about religion

August  28, 2012

Dr. Jianping Wang of Shanghai Normal University, China, will give a free lecture, “Religion in China Today,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Wallenberg Hall, inside the Denkmann Memorial Building. The public is welcome.

Dr. Wang is a professor of Islamic studies, chief of the religious studies program and vice dean of the philosophy faculty of Shanghai Normal University. He has spent 30 years in study and research on Islam and other religious traditions.

He was born in Shanghai in 1953, where he received his early education. His life was disrupted during the Cultural Revolution when he was assigned for re-education to work for four years as a farm laborer at Dongfeng Farm in Yunnan. He subsequently worked for five years at a power station affiliated with a fertilizer factory in Yunnan.

His formal education resumed in 1979 when he entered Yunnan University as a history student. From there, he went on to study at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and to serve as an assistant research fellow.

Dr. Wang went to Lund University in Sweden for his graduate studies at the Institute of History of Religions, where he earned a master’s and doctoral degree. Dr. Wang has served as a visiting scholar at several universities, including Harvard University, Cornell University and Lateran University in Rome, and he has been published widely both in English-language and Chinese-language journals. Dr. Wang is the author or co-author of ten books.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833