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October 18 WorldCanvass explores the rise of Chinese public opinion

October 3rd, 2013

Public opinion is inevitably linked with political action and political change in 21st century America.   But the connection between public opinion and mass political action—or even institutional change—is not limited to the U.S. or Western democracies.  On the contrary, it is an increasingly important and influential factor globally.  WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel of guests will discuss the rise of public opinion in China on the next WorldCanvass.  The live event takes place on Friday, October 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum.  No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend. 

WorldCanvass will be held in conjunction with The Iowa Conference on the Rise of Public Opinion in China, an international conference taking place at the at the UI on October 18 and 19 (sponsored by International Programs, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Political Science).  Leading scholars from the field of Chinese public opinion research will discuss the influence of public opinion on political reform, political trust, and foreign policy.  There will also be discussion of the impact of various forms of media on public opinion, particularly the impact of social media within China’s youth culture. 

The discussion, which is held before a live audience and taped for later television, radio, and internet distribution, will be broken into four segments:

Public opinion and political reform—guests: Dali Yang, Yu Keping, LI Qiang

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Public opinion and political trust—guests: Wenfang Tang, Bruce Dickson, Melanie Manion

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Public opinion and foreign policy—guests: Peter Gries, Brian Lai, Ning Zhang

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Public opinion and social media—guests: Judy Polumbaum, Lu Shen, Xianwei Wu

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WorldCanvass brings together faculty, scholars, students, and community experts to engage in rich, intimate, interdisciplinary conversations on a variety of subjects. The program is produced by International Programs in partnership with the Pentacrest Museums, UITV, and KRUI radio.

UITV distributes the televised series. WorldCanvass is also be available on KRUI radio and online at the Public Radio Exchange, the International Programs website (, and as an iTunes podcast.

For more information, visit the WorldCanvass Web page.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this eve, contact Kjaer in advance at or at 319-335-2026.