In Tiananmen Square in Beijing (from left to right): Wu Ei-Bei
(daughter of Professor Wu), Kenn Gaither, Jack Smith, Chinese
Professor Wu Ailing and Susan Manring.


Gaither Teaches in China

Dr. Kenn Gaither, assistant professor in the School of Communications, spent five weeks this summer in Nanjing, China, teaching and lecturing at Southeast University as part of an Elon exchange program.

"It was a wonderful experience from start to finish," Gaither said. "I enjoyed teaching immensely and found the students attentive, receptive and congenial."

Two other Elon faculty -- Susan Manring, associate professor of business administration, and Jack Smith, assistant professor of performing arts -- also participated in the exchange program with Southeast, a top-25 university in China with seven campuses.

The exchange program, which is more than 15 years old, sends Elon faculty to Najing once a year to teach courses through that university's School of Foreign Languages. Among the subjects Gaither taught there are American culture and public relations. In turn, the Chinese university sends one faculty member to Elon each academic year to teach Chinese language and culture.

As part of the program, the trio of Elon faculty visited Beijing and the Great Wall as part of a seven-day trip that also included Xi'an, home to the terracotta warriors, considered the eighth wonder of the world. Gaither and his colleagues returned to the United States in late June.


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