Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2008

Whitworth Great Decisions Series to Feature April 24 Lecture on China's Economic Rise

Walter Hutchens, J.D., an expert on commercial law and business in China and associate professor of economics and business at Whitworth, will present the final lecture of the 51st annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lecture free of charge.

Hutchens will present "China's Economic Rise: Global Challenge and Opportunity" on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

As an undergraduate, Hutchens was part of a university exchange that put him in China in 1989, during the violent end to the Tiananmen Square protests. Hutchens completed an M.A. in East Asian studies during law school, and, after a time in New York City, was transferred to the Beijing offices of the prestigious law firm Paul, Weiss. In 2002 he left corporate law practice to teach in the business school of the University of Maryland, eventually helping to administer and teach in the university’s China-based EMBA programs in Beijing.

Great Decisions 2008 is co-sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department and the university's School of Global Commerce & Management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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