Sept. 3, 2013
Greg Guelcher, professor of history at Morningside College, recently gave invited lectures while teaching at Fujian Hwa Nan Women's College in Fuzhou, China.
Guelcher’s first lecture, titled “Pursuing Asia: Recent Growth in Asian-Pacific Studies in the United States,” explored the growth in popularity of Asian studies in the United States in recent decades, and speculated on the likely course of the U.S.-China relations in the near future. The second, “Manshukoku or Manzhouguo: Whose Manchuria?” discussed the competition between Japan and China for control of Manchuria in the 1930s, especially as seen through picture postcards from the period.
Guelcher spent the spring semester on sabbatical leave from his position at Morningside in order to teach English at Fujian Hwa Nan Women’s College. Hwa Nan was founded by Morningside College graduate Lydia Trimble more than 100 years ago. Both colleges have exchanged students, staff, and faculty in the past and look forward to doing so in the future. There have been thirteen Hwa Nan graduates who have completed bachelor’s degrees at Morningside College since 2009.
A member of the Morningside College faculty since 1996, Guelcher is currently serving his third term as executive secretary of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.