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November 2017

Film Screening of “Plastic China” and Q&A with Director Wang Jiuliang

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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After the screening, Director Wang Jiuliang will attend via Skype for a Q&A with the audience moderated by Professor Zhang Ling of Boston College and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. The discussion will be interpreted by Canaan Morse, a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Literature at Harvard.  About the Film: As the world’s biggest plastic waste importer, China receives ten million tons per year from most of the developed countries around the world. With high external costs impacting the local environment and…

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Mark Gillette – Security Implications of a More Assertive China

November 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Mark Gillette, Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command; formerly Defense Attaché-China, Defense Intelligence Agency

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December 2017

Lex Berman – A Practical Approach to GIS and Spatial Thinking for China Research

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northwest Building, Room B129, 52 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Lex Berman, GIS Specialist & Web Services Manager, Center for Geographic Analysis Spatial Humanities is a synthesis between traditional historical and textual research methods and the use of geographic information systems to find spatial relationships.  Exploring the spatial aspects of data, and examining how those change over time, we can develop interesting visualizations, and also discover new questions to pursue in our research. In this Workshop we will introduce general concepts of spatial thinking and querying of spatial data, browse Chinese datasets…

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Jing Tsu – Key Strokes: What Made the Chinese Script Revolution

December 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Jing Tsu, Yale University It is tempting to understand the Chinese script revolution of the modern era as part of a familiar narrative of vengeance.  The Chinese language was idealized then disparaged by the Europeans, on this view, banished then revived only to play a mere prop in different fantasies about the Orient.  That Chinese was simplified and romanized into pinyin in the twentieth century--both claimed as Mao's achievements--merged readily with the narrative of China's rise in the twentieth and…

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Meg Rithmire – State-Business Relations Under Xi Jinping: The End of an Era?

December 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Meg Rithmire

Professor Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration, Harvard Business School

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Mediating Religion: Text and Object in Chinese Religion

December 8 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
CGIS South Room S354, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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9:30 AM     Workshop Opens 9:45-10:45     Playing with Corpses: Assembling Bodies for the Dead in Southwest China Speaker: Erik Mueggler, University of Michigan This paper describes the ritualization of death in a “minority” community in Yunnan Province, China, called Júzò in the local Tibeto-Burman language. Here, people are heir to an extraordinary range of resources for working on the dead, including abundant poetic language. Work on the dead takes the form of making them material and immaterial. Social personhood, involving…

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Yasheng Huang – China’s Venture Capital Industry: Examining Its Role in Funding Start-ups

December 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Yasheng Huang, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Kevin O’Brien – China’s Disaffected Insiders

December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Professor Kevin O’Brien, Walter and Elise Haas Professor of Asian Studies; Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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January 2018

China Humanities Seminar – Paul Kroll

January 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Paul Kroll, University of Colorado Check back soon for more information!

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February 2018

Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Deborah Davis

February 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Deborah Davis, Yale University Deborah S. Davis' primary teaching interests are inequality and stratification, contemporary Chinese society, and methods of fieldwork. In addition to teaching at Yale, she runs a summer fieldwork seminar where Yale students work collaboratively with students from Hong Kong and China. Davis is currently a Trustee of the Yale China Association and serves as Associate Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies, and on the editorial board of The China Quarterly and The China Review. In 2004 she helped launch the Yale…

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Buddhist Studies Forum – Bryan Lowe

February 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Bryan Lowe, Vanderbilt University Bryan Lowe specializes in East Asian religions with a focus on Buddhism in ancient Japan (seventh through ninth centuries). In the most general terms, his research challenges elite-centered narratives that have dominated scholarship on Japanese Buddhism and religious studies more broadly. In contrast, he studies Buddhism as it was lived and practiced by individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds. His research and teaching are interdisciplinary; he engages scholarship in history, art history, literature, political science, and book…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Lyle Goldstein

February 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Lyle Goldstein, Naval War College Dr. Goldstein is an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He was director of the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute from 2006-2011, which was established to improve mutual understanding and maritime cooperation with China. Proficient in Chinese and Russian, Professor Goldstein has conducted extensive field research in…

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China Humanities Seminar – Evelyn (Chiung-yin) Liu

February 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Evelyn (Chiung-yin) Liu,  Academia Sinica, HYI Visiting Scholar Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. She earned her B.A. from National Taiwan University, M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research interests include literature of the fantastic, mediations on historical memory, and the intersection of knowledge production, cultural imagination and psychological responses to the foreign in late imperial China. She is completing a book manuscript,…

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Buddhist Studies Forum – Dan Arnold

February 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Dan Arnold, University of Chicago Dan Arnold is a scholar of Indian Buddhist philosophy, which he engages in a constructive and comparative way. Considering Indian Buddhist philosophy as integral to the broader tradition of Indian philosophy, he has particularly focused on topics at issue among Buddhist schools of thought (chiefly, those centering on the works of Nāgārjuna and of Dharmakīrti), often considering these in conversation with critics from the orthodox Brahmanical school of Pūrva Mīmāṃsā. His first book – Buddhists, Brahmins, and…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – David Dollar

February 28, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: David Dollar, Brookings Institution David Dollar is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. From 2009 to 2013, Dollar was the U.S. Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, based in Beijing, facilitating the macroeconomic and financial policy dialogue between the United States and China. Prior to joining Treasury, Dollar worked 20 years for the World Bank, serving as country director for China and Mongolia, based in Beijing (2004-2009). His other World…

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March 2018

Buddhist Studies Forum – Eric Greene

March 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Eric Greene, Yale University Eric Greene is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He received his B.A. in Mathematics from Berkeley in 1998, followed by his M.A. (Asian Studies) and Ph.D. (Buddhist Studies) in 2012. He specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism, particularly the emergence of Chinese forms of Buddhism from the interaction between Indian Buddhism and indigenous Chinese culture. Much of his recent research has focused on Buddhist meditation practices, including the history of the transmission on Indian meditation…

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Those Waters Giving Way

March 7, 2018
CGIS South, Room S030, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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An overview of Michael Cherney’s artistic process and recent works. The art combines photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials and formats traditionally associated with classical Chinese painting, which allows for viewing the present day environment and landscape in China through the lens of art history. In addition to the presentation, the artist will guide the audience through viewing several handscrolls, albums and other works "One would be hard-pressed to find a 'more Chinese' artist than Qiu Mai (Michael Cherney).…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Bilahari Kausikan

March 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Karl Eikenberry

March 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Karl Eikenberry, Stanford University Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative and faculty member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He is a Stanford University Professor of Practice, and an affiliate at the FSI Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Center for International Security Cooperation and The Europe Center. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Thomas Gold

March 28, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Thomas B. Gold, University of California at Berkeley Thomas B. Gold is Professor of Sociology at the University of California. Since 2000 he has also served as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), a consortium of 14 American universities which administers an advanced Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. (http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup]. At Berkeley he has also served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies, Founding Director of the Berkeley China Initiative, and Chair…

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April 2018

Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Alice Miller

April 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Alice Miller, Stanford University Alice Lyman Miller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and lecturer in East Asian studies at Stanford. Miller first joined the Hoover Institution in 1999 as a visiting fellow. She also served as a senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, 1999-2014. Before coming to Stanford, Miller taught at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington,…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Diana Fu: Mobilizing Without the Masses

April 11, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Diana Fu, University of Toronto Diana Fu is assistant professor of Asian politics. Her research examines the relationship between popular contention, state power, and civil society in contemporary China.  She is the author of  “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China,” (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series and Columbia University’s Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute).  Articles that are part of this broader project have appeared in Governance (2017), Comparative Political Studies (2017), The China Journal (2018), among others. She graduated for Oxford University…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Edward A. Cunningham

April 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Edward A. Cunningham, Harvard Kennedy School Edward Cunningham is Director of Ash Center China Programs and of the Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy, focusing on energy markets and governance, international economics and competitiveness, the political economy of development, and China’s integration into the world. Most recently he has engaged in work on the rise of Chinese private wealth and philanthropy. He serves as an advisor to private and publicly listed companies…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Dwight Perkins

April 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Prof. Dwight Perkins, Harvard University Dwight H. Perkins is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Previous positions at Harvard include Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, Associate Director of the Fairbank Center, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development. Perkins has authored, coauthored, or edited 20 books and numerous articles on economic history and economic development, with special references to the…

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Buddhist Studies Forum – Paul Harrison

April 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S354, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University Paul Harrison is the George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies. Educated in his native New Zealand and in Australia, he specializes in Buddhist literature and history, especially that of the Mahāyāna, and in the study of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan. He is the author of The Samādhi of Direct Encounter with the Buddhas of the Present, and of numerous journal articles on Buddhist sacred texts and their interpretation.…

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May 2018

Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Power Shift? America and China in Southeast Asia

May 2, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: David Shambaugh, George Washington University Professor Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia, with a strong interest in the European Union and transatlantic issues. Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he held the positions of Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and Editor of The China Quarterly. He also previously served as an analyst on the staff of the National…

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China Humanities Seminar – Amelia Ying Qin

May 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Amelia Ying Qin,  University of Houston Amelia Ying Qin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Ph.D. in Chinese literature (2013) from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature and an M.A. (2010) from the School of Library and Information Studies. Prior to her study in Madison, she also completed degrees at the University of Rhode Island and Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Her current research interest is in the relationship and dynamics between cultural memory and historiography in…

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