Professor, students travel to China

Professor, students travel to China University of South Dakota Political Science Professor Carol Traut is spending spring break in China.

Five USD students accompanied her. The group will be in Beijing until Sunday, March 11.

While in Beijing, the students visited tourist sites and attended a briefing on U.S.-China relations at the American embassy. The group is traveling with financial support from the W.O. Farber Fund, a fund for criminal justice and political science student travel. W.O. "Doc" Farber, a professor emeritus and continued supporter of both the departments and the university, established the fund.

"I have traveled many times to China for meetings and tours and this is the second time I have taken students to China," said Traut. "I am always amazed at the culture, the long history (over 4,000 years) and the complexity of a country that was centuries ago one of the greatest countries in the world and is emerging again as a world power in the 21st century."

The following students accompanied Dr. Traut: Teresa Anderson of Sioux Falls, Shannon Kelly of Sioux Falls, David Mitchell of Redfield, Vincent Swenson of Sioux Falls and Elizabeth Swenson of Sioux Falls.

"It is a great privilege to be able to introduce USD students to a part of the world that has become so important politically and economically yet that is not very well known, particularly to people in the Midwest," said Traut. "This is a great and unusual travel experience that certainly expands USD's international presence."

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