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September 2017

Digital Research: Concepts, Current State, and Debates

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northwest Building, Room B129, 52 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Part of the Digital China Initiative Workshop Series As an introductory session for a series of workshops on digital tools and methods in China studies, this first session will be an open discussion on the nature of data, existing projects and research examples, exploratory exercises of sample DH tools, and debates on the advantages and disadvantages of using digital methods in areas pertaining the research topics of the participants. 24-seat limit. Please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/gP2uJJKOSYcfVvcu2 or contact Dr. Amelia Ying Qin: ying_qin@fas.harvard.edu

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Hopkins-Nanjing Center Information Session

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Meet with a Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) admissions representative to learn more about our graduate school program offerings in China, as well as the application process, fellowship opportunities and career outcomes for HNC graduates. Feel free to contact feneh1@jhu.edu to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – The Progression of Repression: Online Censorship and Physical Repression in China Today

September 27 @ 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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Mary Gallagher CICC

Speaker: Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan Mary Gallagher is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research.  Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society.  The underlying question that drives her research in all of these areas is whether the development of markets…

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October 2017

Buddhist Studies Forum – Tantric Buddhist Communities and Seeking Patronage at Medieval Indian Courts

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Péter-Dániel Szántó, All Souls College, University of Oxford The talk will share some thoughts backed by evidence about how medieval Indian tantric communities were organized socially and economically. It will also present some passages dealing with tantric Buddhist gurus' various strategies for dealing with royal punishment and patronage.

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – China Policy Under Trump

October 4 @ 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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Dr. Jeffrey Bader, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution Jeffrey Bader is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. From 2009 until 2011, Bader was special assistant to the president of the United States for national security affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity, he was the principal advisor to President Obama on Asia. Bader served from 2005 to 2009 as the director of the China Initiative and,…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Behind the Headlines: Rebuilding Fiscal Foundations for Xi Jinping’s Governance Reform

October 11 @ 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: Professor Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Winnie Yip

October 18 @ 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. Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director of the school-wide China Health Partnership

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Neuhauser Lecture – James Steinberg

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: James Steinberg, University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law, Syracuse University Mr. Steinberg was dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University from 2011 to June 2016. He was previously principal deputy secretary of state for Hillary Clinton, dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, vice president and foreign policy studies director at Brookings Institution, President Clinton’s deputy national security advisor, director of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and…

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China’s Future Leadership: An Instant Analysis of China’s 19th Party Congress

October 23 @ 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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Mark Elliot

Join the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a panel discussion where experts weigh in with exclusive insight and opinions on China's 19th Party Congress.   Submit your anonymous question to the panel by clicking here.    Moderator: Mark Elliott, Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of…

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China Humanities Seminar – Tina Lu

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Tina Lu, Yale University At Yale she has served as EALL’s Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies and is currently Chair.  Her research and teaching focuses on the literature of the late imperial period, from around 1550 to around 1750.  Major publications include Persons, Roles and Minds (Stanford, 2001), Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism, and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2009), a book-length chapter on late Ming literary culture in The…

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The History of US-China Relations

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South Room S050, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: John Delury, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies. Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies A graduate of Yale University, Professor Delury is an accomplished historian of modern China and expert on North Korean affairs.  He is the author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century  (Random House, 2013), which has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Prior to joining the Yonsei faculty in 2010, Professor Delury taught courses in Chinese history and politics at…

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China Town Hall Featuring Susan Rice

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections Join 80+ communities across the United States in a national conversation on China. Featuring an interactive webcast with former UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and on-site discussion with Jeremy Goldkorn. Ambassador Susan E. Rice served President Barack Obama as national security advisor and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. In her role as national security advisor from July 1, 2013, to January 20, 2017, Ambassador Rice led the National Security Council staff and…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

October 25 @ 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: Richard McGregor, author of Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century and The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers;  former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times  

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November 2017

Critical Issues Confronting China Series – David Rank

November 1 @ 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 Rank, former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Beijing

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Environment in Asia Series: China’s Dairy Century – Making, Drinking and Dreaming of Milk

November 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Thomas DuBois, Modern China Historian China’s dairy industry has of late become big news. A country that few would have instinctively associated with milk has emerged as the world’s third largest producer (following India and the United States), and second largest consumer of dairy. But the significance of dairy in China is not merely one of aggregate industry size, nor is its emergence a wholly recent phenomenon. Milk was not a major theme in China’s twentieth century, but it…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Richard Madsen

November 15 @ 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: Richard Madsen, UC San Diego Check back soon for more information!

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China Humanities Seminar – David Palmer

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: David Palmer, University of Hong Kong Dr David A Palmer is an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, which he joined in 2008. A native of Toronto, he graduated from McGill University in Anthropology and East Asian Studies, then obtained his MPhil in Psychology and Ethnopsychiatry at the Georges Devereux clinic for migrant families of the University of Paris-VIII. After completing his PhD in the Anthropology of Religion at the Institute for…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Mark Gillette

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, PACOM Check back soon for more information!

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December 2017

China Humanities Seminar – Jing Tsu

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 Jing Tsu, a new Guggenheim Fellow, is a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China at Yale University. She is the first person to be tenured and become Professor of Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature at Yale, and author of four books (two co-edited). She is currently writing a new book about how China entered the IT era, The Kingdom of Characters: Language Wars and China's Rise to Global Power, a remarkable tale that uncovers what…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – The Political Logic of Globalization in Asia

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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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – 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

February 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Critical Issues Confronting China Series

February 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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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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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Lyle Goldstein

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: 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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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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March 28, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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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

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 an assistant professor of Asian Politics. Her research examines the relationship between popular contention, state power, and civil society in contemporary China. She holds a D.Phil. In Politics and an M.Phil. In Development Studies with distinction from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining the department, she was a Walter H. Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She was also a Predoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series

April 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Critical Issues Confronting China Series

April 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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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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