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Recognition: Professor Link


By Elizabeth Romero Student Intern CHASS College Computing
June 9, 2009

A faculty awards reception was held on May 14th at the Chancellor's resident to recognize faculty that have received significant Academic Senate or national awards for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Perry Link, a professor in Comparative Literature, was recognized at the May 14th reception as he won the "Endowed Chairs" award for his position as the Chancellorial Chair for Innovation in Teaching across Disciplines. Link was also named to the "Academy of Distinguish Teachers." Nominees for the fifteen award categories were reviewed by the Chancellor, through which Link was compared to other endowed chairs and professors to win the two previously mentioned awards.

Perry Link was a highly acclaimed professor at Princeton who was recruited to UCR to teach Comparative Literature.  Link is also a noted Chinese scholar. As Link was preparing to apply to graduate school, he was awarded a traveling fellowship from Harvard in which he would spend a year abroad wherever he pleased; he chose Hong Kong. He is known as one of the West's best experts on China .While teaching at Princeton, he edited the "Tiananmen Papers," a collection of documents leaked by a high-level Chinese official that helped chronicle the events that led up to and followed the pro-reform student protests in June 1989.

With his role as Chancellorial Chair, Professor Link wants to create his own class that incorporates different disciplines. His planned interdisciplinary course on contemporary China will use history, language, literature, art, economics, politics, and sociology to understand the many components of China. He wants to work with other colleagues to set up seminars that ask questions that can be answered through the perspectives of different subject matter, such as "What is it to be human?," a question that can be approached through philosophy, linguistics, religion, brain science, and many other fields.


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