Robeson Community College

UNC’s Santacaterina to speak at RCC October 21 in talk on China’s rise as a world superpower

The Global Distinction program at Robeson Community College will host a talk by Donald Santacaterina titled Understanding China in the 21st Century: A Historical Perspective.

Santacaterina is a Ph.D. Candidate, Professor, Propaganda Analyst, and Historian of Global Media Systems at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has written numerous publications on topics involving China. His interests revolve around propaganda, media systems, and newspaper culture in recent Chinese history.

“Having a World Class Scholar on campus is a real treat,” said Dr. Gaylyn E. Eddy, director of the associate of arts program and religion and philosophy instructor at RCC. “This event will be very valuable for students since it will provide background regarding China, one of our biggest partners and competitors in the global market.”

The lecture will be presented from a focal point of “How do every day Chinese citizens understand their own culture and place on the world stage?” and will hone in on China’s rise to a world superpower. Recent Chinese history will be discussed with an emphasis on how the Chinese Communist party uses historical narratives to explain and expand their political goals.

By focusing on the way many Chinese citizens understand their own history, this lecture aims to cultivate mutual understanding and common ground for discussion over the many antagonisms which plague China-U.S. relations, such as human rights violations in Xinjiang, China-Hong Kong relations, and the expansion of Chinese technology corporations overseas.

This event will take place on October 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium on RCC’s main campus in Lumberton. Admissions is free and the general public is invited to attend. RCC students who are present will receive credits towards their global distinction designation.


About the Global Distinction Program at Robeson Community College

The global distinction program at RCC is an academic enrichment program that seeks to globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student engagement in global activities, raise awareness, and encourage dialogue. The program is a partnership between many North Carolina Community Colleges and the World View programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As part of the program, students develop global competencies and skills needed for the world that we live in today. By analyzing global issues and participating in intercultural activities, students develop skills that are highly attractive to both employers and universities.

Students who complete the program earn the title of Scholar of Global Distinction, which will appear on their transcripts and can be included on their resumes and college applications.

For more information on the global distinction program or the upcoming lecture, please contact Dr. Gaylyn E. Eddy at or (910) 272-3664.


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