Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mulan is much more than a Disney cartoon!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of higher education is being surrounded every day by scholars and teachers, each of whom has their own interesting area of expertise.   

One of those outstanding teacher-scholars at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is Professor Lan Dong, Associate Professor of English, who was named the 2012 University Scholar a few days ago.  This is the highest honor given to a faculty member at the University of Illinois.  An expert in Asian American literature, Dr. Dong is the world authority on the legend and legacy of Mulan,  a mythical woman warrior who has been depicted for centuries in art, literature and, more recently, in a very popular Disney animated film.  
Professor Dong also received the University's highest honor this past year for outstanding teaching.  Our students benefit so greatly from the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty like Lan Dong.  Congratulations, Professor Dong!