Established in fall 2010, the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at Western Michigan University who have expertise in some field of Sinology and their continuing pedagogical and research interests in China.
The university-wide scope of the Center aids faculty in fulfilling their intellectual and curricular potential beyond the departmental level and in coming together to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research for the benefit of the University’s students and the entire field of China studies at WMU and beyond.
The center encourages and actively seeks partnerships within WMU, regionally, and globally, to increase opportunities for China studies collaboration involving research and curriculum development, as well as art exhibits, and cultural performances.
Community outreach activities and events designed to advance the general public’s knowledge about China, including film screenings and guest lecturers, are hosted annually by the center.
Funding for the center and its activities were provided through a generous endowment by the family of Dr. Timothy Light, former WMU provost and a professor of comparative religion.