Hendrix and ACS Honored for Creative Collaboration with China

Jay McDaniel Award

CONWAY, Ark. (May 13, 2013) – Hendrix College and its academic consortium the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) were recognized recently for fostering healthy, creative collaborations in higher education between the United States and China.

Hendrix religious studies professor Dr. Jay McDaniel accepted the honor on behalf of Hendrix and ACS at the 7th Annual Ecological Civilization Conference this spring in Claremont, Calif. The conference, in its seventh year, is sponsored by the China Project of the Center for Process Studies and the Central Bureau of Translation of the Chinese government.

“Ecological civilization” is a term used by the Chinese Communist Party and a goal of the party’s constitution. Ecological Civilization International (ECI) is a collaborative effort between institutions in the U.S. and China. It provides a context in which to discuss ecological economics, ecological agriculture, ecological urbanization, ecological spirituality, etc.

ECI’s American headquarters is located at Hendrix and directed by Dr. McDaniel on behalf of the ACS and Claremont Lincoln University. The Chinese headquarters of ECI is Beijing International Culture Studies University and directed by Fubin Yang in cooperation with Sheri Liao of Global Village Beijing.

McDaniel sees this creative collaboration with China in a large historical context

“The future of liberal arts education is globally networked learning with help from digital technologies,” he said. “The need, both in the United States and in China, is to build communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying with no one left behind. The aim of ECI is to help Chinese and Americans work together to build these kinds of communities.

“We are grateful to our partners in Beijing and to the Associated Colleges of the South for providing a context for this kind of work,” he added. “Perhaps, in our way, we can help people on both sides of the ocean to realize their hopes for a just and sustainable future.”

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.