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Government Professor to Travel to China on Fulbright Scholarship

Government Professor to Travel to China on Fulbright Scholarship

Arthur Svenson, the University of Redlands David Boies Professor of Government, will be spending the spring semester teaching constitutional law and conducting research in China after being selected as a prestigious Fulbright Scholar for the 2010-11 academic year.

As part of his Fulbright appointment, Svenson will teach constitutional law to English-speaking Chinese students at Renmin University, Beijing; he will also research end-of-life policy in China.

Svenson has taught government at the University of Redlands for 30 years. His scholarly interests include politics and the arts, seismic-safety planning, the jurisprudence of original intent, and most recently, statutory and constitutional issues related to physician-assisted suicide and medical marijuana.

He has written several articles on physician-assisted suicide legislation and debate, and in 2003 he published a book, “Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue,” co-written with Susan Behuniak.

Svenson also has personal ties to China: He and his wife Nancy Svenson, the University’s Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Adult Programs, have two daughters who they adopted from the country in 2003 and 2005.

“I hope this will allow the entire Svenson family to reconnect in a meaningful way with the people, the land, and the culture of China,” he said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries, according to the Fulbright website. Fulbright Scholars currently teach and conduct research in over 155 countries worldwide.

Svenson is also a professional symphony violinist with over 40 years of experience. He currently plays with the Redlands and San Bernardino Symphonies and the Riverside County Philharmonic.

Follow the adventures of the Svensons.

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