Arizona State University is hosting the 2014 American Centers for Cultural Exchange Conference (ACCEX) to be held in Shenzhen on June 16-19, 2014, at the Langham, Shenzhen hotel. This is the third annual gathering of American Cultural Centers (ACCs) created by 19+ institutional partnerships.
The purpose of this conference is to improve Sino-American cultural exchange. While each university partnership has its own characteristics, the American 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 centers, we are organizing this conference in Shenzhen to allow face-to-face discussion of common issues. Several organizations have come together to sponsor this event so invitees may attend this event with little to no costs. By attending this conference, delegates will have the opportunity to network, strategize, discuss challenges and opportunities, and attend a cultural event.
We have invited four delegates from each university involved in these partnerships, with the potential for more than 200 attendees at this event. In most cases the delegates will be the ACC Directors, staff, senior university administrators in international affairs, ACC student workers or volunteers, cultural exchange organizations, and government agencies which support the work that the ACCs do. 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 conference.
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