Wesleyan College - Guangzhou University
Center for American Culture
The Wesleyan College/Guangzhou University American Cultural Center was established in June 2013 as a natural extension of the partnership that began with the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College with Guangzhou University as its partner. The Center includes a resource room stocked with books, magazines, and videos supplied by the US Consulate (Guangzhou) and Wesleyan College. AC staff and student ambassadors sponsor monthly film discussions, lectures by visiting scholars, and student discussions related to American Culture.
Since the establishment of the ACC and with support from the US Department of State, Wesleyan College has provided annually a series of lectures by Wesleyan faculty; to date more than twenty Wesleyan faculty have visited the ACC and provided stimulating lectures to hundreds of Guangzhou University students. In 2015, the Wesleyan College/Guangzhou University ACC hosted an American Cultural Knowledge competition, and the current project includes developing for publication an American Cultural Knowledge handbook.
美国卫斯理安学院与中国广州大学联合建立的美国文化中心（Wesleyan College American Cultural Center at Guangzhou University，简称为ACC）旨在加强中美两国间的相互交流。美国文化中心为广州大学的学生和社团提供了一个加强了解美国历史，哲学，国际关系，传媒，艺术，文学、乃至美国生活的平台。美国文化中心着力促进中美两国不同文化间的相互交流，推动两校之间的国际化办学进程，帮助中美学生更好的相互了解。美国文化中心的建立，架起了卫斯理安学院和广州大学的沟通桥梁和交流平台。
2015-2016 Programming Highlights
May 24-June 3 2015
Seven faculty from Wesleyan College spent more than one week at Guangzhou University and Henan Normal University. At Guangzhou University they presented seven lectures to students from the School of Foreign Studies and Wesleyan College of Guangzhou University. At Henan Normal University, each lecture was presented to faculty and students at related schools. These lectures were received very well.
- May 28 – American Culture Symposium at Guangzhou University
- May 30-31 – American Cultural Knowledge Competition at Guangzhou University
- June 1 – American Culture Symposium at Henan Normal University
- June 3 – Dr. Fowler met with Michael Marble, US Consulate
September 12-13, 2015
Lectures for students interested in studying abroad: “Studying in the US at a Liberal Arts College for Women" (60 attendees)
- Dr. Matt Martin, Wesleyan College Professor of English
- Dr. Shelly Martin, Wesleyan College Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Vivia Fowler, Wesleyan College Provost
- Mr. Steve Farr, Wesleyan College Vice President
September 14, 2015
Movie Night (40 students from GZU)
September 14, 2015
- Dr. Matt Martin, Wesleyan College Professor of English: “The Confederate Flag Controversy in the Context of American Civil Rights”
- Dr. Shelly Martin, Wesleyan College Professor of Psychology: “Parenting in America”
This event was well attended with approximately 100 students from Guangzhou University in the two combined lectures.
September 28, 2015
- Dr. Patrick King, Fulbright Scholar from George Mason University: “College Sports in the US”
- Mr. Timothy Guo, US Consulate Guangzhou: “How to Use American Electronic Resources Effectively”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Vivia Fowler is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA (USA) – the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. She has been a professor of religious studies and college administrator for thirty years at two US women’s colleges, winning college, state, and national awards for teaching and leadership. Dr. Fowler earned the BA from Columbia College (SC), the MA from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. As provost, Dr. Fowler’s duties include overseeing all areas of the college related to academics and enrollment, including the faculty, academic programs and curricula, library, registrar, academic center, Centers of Excellence, and enrollment services.
Dr. Fowler has produced numerous papers and presentations on a variety of subjects: biblical and religious studies, women’s studies, student retention, women’s higher education, and liberal arts education. She has recently studied and presented lectures on the history of the Soong sisters, Wesleyan alumnae who were among the first Chinese women to study in the US and who were among the best known women in the world in the 20th century.
In 2013, Dr. Fowler led the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College and the American Cultural Center at Guangzhou University. She travels frequently to China, presenting lectures for the ACC and facilitating the development of academic programs with partners in China