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April 6, 2004

Sidel To Deliver Keynote At Montana Conference On China

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel will deliver one of two keynote addresses to a conference that will examine China and globalization at the University of Montana later this month.

"Plunging into the Sea: The Complex Face of Globalization in China" is the University of Montana's 20th annual Mike Mansfield Conference and will be held April 18-20 at the university's Mansfield Center. Sidel will deliver his keynote lecture, "Civil Society, Globalization and the State: China in Comparative Perspective," on April 19.

Sidel works on civil society and law in comparative perspective, focusing on Asia. He served with the Ford Foundation in China, Vietnam and India, and currently heads a Ford-supported research project on philanthropy and the law in South Asia.

The Mansfield Conference will examine the impact in China, both positive and negative, from economic reform and an opening to global economic markets. Scholars on China, globalization, law and economics will participate in panels on topics that include economic development and trade, civil society and human rights, the environment, and popular culture.

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