The first lecture in the DCA academic series, on “Inside the Asian Cauldron” with Katharine Moon has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the same time (10:00 am).

The lecture series will now begin on Thursday, January 11, 10:00 am, with guest speaker Shelley Rigger, “Taiwan: Hanging Tough in Tough Times.”

Rigger is a Brown professor of East Asian politics and assistant dean for educational policy in the political science department of Davidson College. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a PhD from Harvard University, Rigger was also a visiting research scholar in the Institute for International Relations, National Chengchi University in Taiwan in 2005 and a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of International Relations and Public Administration in Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2006.

She is an expert in East Asian politics, Chinese politics, Islamic minorities in China, Taiwanese politics and the study of democratization.  Her books include, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse; as well as, two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics; Politics In Taiwan: Voting for Democracy and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party.

Rigger is active in public service projects for the United States government, training military officers, participating in conferences and testifying in the United States Congress.

Registration is available online at dariendca.org or through the DCA office. Prepaid tickets will be available at the door prior to the first lecture. No tickets will be mailed in advance. Single tickets for the Thursday morning series and the evening lecture will be sold for $30 at the door on a space-available basis. Prepaid tickets will be available at the door prior to the first lecture. No tickets will be mailed in advance.

For more information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10.  The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.

Shelley Rigger