The department of Broadcasting and Journalism at WIU is a great place for international visiting scholars to teach and study media related subjects.
Last semester the department hosted two visiting scholars. One was Dr. Cristian Ivanes, a Fulbright scholar and veteran journalist of regional brach of Radio Romania. He taught comparative broadcasting systems and had a presentation on the history of Berlin Wall from an insider’s perspective.
Another was Professor Ningfeng Sun, a scholar from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Sun is the head of department of business journalism in College of General Education and Humanities at this prestigious university based in Chengdu, Sichuan. In his lecture at WIU, Sun shared with my students two video documentaries featuring lifestyle of porters in Bashan Mountain and traditional way of haircutting in the countryside. Sun was faculty adviser for both award-winning documentaries.
Visiting scholars bring more diversity to our programs and cultivate professional relationships. We look forward to hosting more visiting scholars from China and elsewhere.