JIS Symposium 2022: The American Century & Its Challenges: U.S., Russia, China (Zoom)

July 30, 2022
Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

Pasadena 91101
United States

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  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Christian Studies Association
  • Hosted by Omega Graduate School

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JIS Symposium 2022: "The American Century & Its Challenges:  U.S., Russia, China," Pasadena, California, 30 July 2022 (Zoom)

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It is by now legendary that the 20th century was “the American Century.”  But, did the West celebrate prematurely the implosion of the Soviet empire? Apart from “Havana Syndrome” (microwave attacks on U.S. diplomats), Putin’s Russia, and its war to reclaim Ukraine, remains a major geopolitical rival, with its hackers holding U.S. companies hostage for ransom.  Of the remaining communist one-party states--People’s Republic of China, N. Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cuba--“China” poses the greatest challenge.  China’s hackers excel at stealing U.S. civilian and military tech secrets, while its trade and investment policies aim to create dependent “vassal” states. Thus, U.S. companies are constrained by lack of parts that are manufactured abroad, including strategic high tech and medicines.  The question arises:  Can the U.S. heal its unprecedented internal social divisions of identity politics, and find the courage to withstand China’s “smoke-and-mirrors” gambit for world domination? According to David P. Goldman’s You Will Be Assimilated: China’s Plan to Sino-Form the World, “China” has  thrown down the gauntlet globally, whose success would signify the ultimate triumph of its “Made in China” strategy.  Can democracies compete with dictatorships in the 21st century without becoming like their adversaries?  If so, how can the American experiment in popular self-government meet the challenges of an uncharted future? 


Main Conference Program via Zoom:  Saturday, 30 July 2022.

Format:  Multidisciplinary panels and papers.

Keynote:  Charles McDaniel (Baylor University): “Reinhold Niebuhr’s Vision: Christian Realism in an Emergent World Order.”

Leitmotif:  In search of truth without prejudice (tao).

Sponsors:  Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, International Christian Studies Association.

Hosted By:  Omega Graduate School.  Cindy Schmitt, Zoom Tech Director.

Registration:  Donation (tax-deductible).  Online Option via PayPal:  Use PayPal Donate Button on JIS Symposium 2022 web:  https://www.jis3.org/symposium2022.

     JIS Symposium 2022 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference which takes both scholarship and faith seriously. The American Century & Its Challenges is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses--the world-famous Tournament of Roses.  Conference participants must pre-register.  Abstracts (250 words) due: 1 June 2022: c/o Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: [email protected]. Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, institution, address, telephone & e-mail.  Fully-developed papers considered for publication in the refereed Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXV 2023.  Website: https://www.jis3.org/symposium2022.

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