Global Spotlight Series to get underway Feb. 2

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs begins again this semester with a Monday, Feb. 2, panel featuring four presentations involving the South China Sea.

Niall Michelsen, associate professor of political science, will discuss “China’s Territorial Disputes and World Politics.”

Jeff Neff, professor emeritus of geography, will explain “Choke Points, Seapower and Revenge of Geography.”

“Xia Hai: China Steps into the Sea” is the title of the presentation by Gael Graham, head of the Department of History.

Presbyterian College’s Zihua David Liu, associate professor of political science, will address “Think Outside the Box: The American Pivot to Asia and the Proxy Conflicts in China’s Backyard.”

Upcoming discussions in the series will focus on climate change, Monday, March 2, and the status of Israel-Palestine, Monday, April 13.

The Feb. 2 event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Michelsen at 828-227-3336.