Scott Kennedy, a leading mind on China’s economic policies, stood before a Tuesday assembly of UND students, faculty and community members who were hungry for conversation on industry and trade – and started talking hoops.
“When you watched the NCAA Finals on Monday night, you weren’t keeping count of how many fouls Michigan or Villanova got. You were looking at the scoreboard,” Kennedy pointed out to the Gorecki Alumni Center crowd. “I’m interested in following the score in terms of where China is going with technology and innovation – not just whether they’re playing fair or not.”
This principle is what guides Kennedy’s work as the deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He was invited to UND by President Mark and First Lady Debbie Kennedy as a featured speaker of the Eye of the Hawk Lecture Series, hosted by the College of Engineering & Mines and sponsored by Great River Energy.
“A part of what we’re trying to do with this series is expose students to different ideas, different parts of the world and different concepts,” President Kennedy said. “These types of events can truly transform the way they think about the world.”
Read more about Kennedy’s lecture here.