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AIT Holds American Studies Symposium and Mock U.S. Presidential Debate

PR0828E | Date: 2008-05-13

The American Institute in Taiwan, in cooperation with Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of American Studies, will hold an American Studies Symposium on Friday, May 16, 2008 from 1:00 - 5:30 at Tamkang University (downtown campus) located at the Alumni Conference Room, 5th Floor, 5, Lane 199, Kinghua Street, Taipei. 

Kerry Dumbaugh, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress, will speak on "U.S.-Taiwan Relations in Changing Political Times."  Dr. Stephen H. Sumida, Professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington will speak on "American Studies Trends in Asia." 

From 4:00-5:30 p.m., students from three local universities will compete for a NT$10,000 prize in an exciting Mock U.S. Presidential Debate at the same venue.  The mock debate features students from Tamkang University as Team Obama, National Chengchi University as Team Clinton, and National Tsinghua University as Team McCain.

Admission to the symposium is free. Please register with Cynthia Yao at or contact her at Tel: 02-2621-5656 ext. 2716.  A light lunch will be served at noon to those who have pre-registered.  For more information, please visit AIT website at

Members of the media interested in covering the symposium please contact Cynthia Yao, Tamkang University Graduate Institute of American Studies, Tel: 02-2621-5656 ext. 2716 or AIT Public Affairs Section at Tel: 02-2162-2037.