On June 4, 2019, the 85th session of On Tao Forum was held in Room 634-A, School of Public Administration. Taking the theme of “International Norms of Humanities and Social Sciences Research and Academic Exchanges between China and West”, Li Huaiyin, Professor of History Department and director of East Asia Research Center from the University of Texas at Austin, was invited as the lecturer. Zhao Hui, the dean of the School of Public Administration, presided over the lecture and several professors attended the lecture.
At first, Professor Li introduced the basic information of the University of Texas and the postgraduate training programs and processes. Professor Li started from the perspective of history, especially combining the modern and contemporary Chinese history, combing the history of humanities and social sciences from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 21st century, enumerating the academic research paradigms in various time periods as well as related scholars’ works and research directions. The topic concluded the range from the nature of the revolution of Communist Party of China and Chinese communism to China’s modernization and modern economic development, and to the new cultural history, new social history, global history and transnational research. For practitioners, combing academic history is conducive to consolidating their theoretical basis and enriching their research methods. Secondly, Professor Li talked about the writing and publishing of English academic papers. The writing of academic papers in the United States should be carried out under the background of the academic history with the awareness of questions and dialogue. However, in the United Kingdom, most research is standardized and empirical. Finally, Professor Li briefly talked about international academic exchanges. He believed that it could be achieved by writing in English, publishing works and periodicals, joint cultivation of postgraduates, exchange of visits between scholars, cooperation of academic research and international academic organizations and conferences.
During the Q&A session, Professor Li answered the questions patiently and carefully. Through this lecture, students can understand the current situation and development trend of Humanities and Social Sciences at home and abroad. Students’ relevant professional knowledge and research methods are also expanded. At last, the lecture ended with warm applause.