Arizona State University is hosting the 2013 American Centers for Cultural Exchange Meeting (ACCEX) to be held in Shanghai on June 17-19, 2013, at the Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai hotel. This is the second gathering of Chinese and American directors of the cultural centers created by 19 institutional partnerships.
The purpose of this meeting is to improve Sino-American cultural exchange. While each university partnership has its own characteristics, the cultural centers have features which we all share in common—a history of collaboration and a desire to engage students and professors in academic and experiential learning opportunities focused on American themes. In practical terms, all of the partnerships face similar logistical issues of managing space, arranging for speakers, choosing books and other materials, and assuring a strong financial base for the centers. We can learn a lot from one another, and we will all be stronger as a result. To strengthen collaboration among these nineteen centers, we are organizing this meeting in Shanghai to allow face-to-face discussion of common issues. Several organizations have come together to sponsor this meeting so invitees may attend this event with little to no costs. By attending this meeting, participants will have the the opportunity to network, strategize, discuss challenges and opportunities, and attend a cultural event.
We have invited two participants from each university involved in these partnerships, with the potential for almost 90 attendees at the meeting. In most cases the participants will be the Chinese and American center directors plus representatives from the international affairs offices. In some cases, other individuals will represent their universities. Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend, please add their names as guests in your online registration. If you are sending someone else within your organization, please forward the event website and ask them to register online to attend this meeting.
If you are staying at the hotel, please register for this meeting by Friday, May 24, 2013, 5 pm for hotel room and event guarantee. Participants staying at the hotel will need to book their flights before registering for this meeting and provide passport information when they register.