The Wang Center opened in 2002 thanks to the vision of donors Drs. Peter '60 and Grace Wang. With their generous philanthropy, the Wangs have emphasized the role education can play in building a more peaceful world.
In concert with the PLU mission of empowering students for "lives of thoughtful enquiry, leadership, service and care - for other people, for their communities and for the earth," the Wang Center is dedicated to preparing global citizens and advocates for peace.
The first Wang Center International Symposium was held in April 2003, "China: Bridges for a New Century." Since then the symposiums have become a modern tradition designed to stimulate serious thinking about current issues, and to provide a forum in which the Greater Puget Sound community, and PLU community of students, faculty, administrator and staff can be stimulated to engage international, national and local stature - from scholars and authors to business people and hands-on practitioners in thinking seriously about contemporary issues.
In planning for each symposium the challenge is to include appropriate breadth and depth in order to stimulate the interests of a diverse audience and facilitate maximum participation in the symposium.