Published on November 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. by Philip Poole  
Davis Library

by Jimmy Lichtenwalter 

Samford University’s Committee on Foreign Relations will host a lunch and learn Nov. 5 featuring Chinese history expert Scott D. Colby. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harwell G. Davis Library. 

Reservations can be made via email to

Colby, a former teaching fellow at Columbia University, is an expert in Chinese history. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in oriental languages and literature, and a master’s degree in modern Chinese history. 

Colby will speak about the pro-democracy demonstrations that took place in Hong Kong in 2014. These protests erupted following the 12th National People’s Congress decision to set election limits for the 2016 Legislative Council and the 2017 Chief Executive Election, and included demonstrations, rallies and other acts of civil disobedience. These were denounced by the Chinese government, and steps were taken to quell the protests. 

He will discuss how churches, businesses and banks played a role in these political demonstrations. His expertise and experience will provide an illuminated perspective on the current state of democracy in China. 

The Foreign Relations Committee includes Samford students, employees and alumni. 

Jimmy Lichtenwalter is a journalism and mass communication major and is a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

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