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February 2018

Lyle Goldstein – Meeting China Halfway: The Future of the Korean Peninsula and Beyond

February 21 @ 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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Lyle Goldstein CICC Poster

Speaker: Dr. Lyle Goldstein, Naval War College Dr. Goldstein is a professor in the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 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 both China and Russia. His research on Chinese defense policies, especially concerning naval development, has been…

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Dan Arnold – Personalism and the Mādhyamika Recuperation of Conventional Truth: Some Heretical Thoughts

February 26 @ 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 Over the years, I have advanced an interpretation of Madhyamaka that frames Nāgārjuna’s arguments in terms suggested by some contemporary debates in philosophy of mind. Nāgārjuna can thus be understood to reject the reductionist elaboration of anātmavāda that was epitomized for him by Ābhidharmika philosophy, and as doing so for the reason that the Ābhidharmika’s own project depends for its intelligibility on the “conventionally real” (saṃvṛtisat) world. This talk will suggest that that point…

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David Dollar – Challenges to China’s Economy: At Home and Abroad

February 28 @ 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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David Dollar CICC Poster Spring 2018

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

Stalemate Across the Taiwan Strait: A Trip Report

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Taiwan Studies Workshop Poster

Speakers:  Michael Szonyi, Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

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Eric Greene – Repentance in the Formation of Chinese Buddhism

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Eric Greene CHS Poster Print

Speaker: Eric Greene, Yale University The ritual activity that in China was known as chanhui 懺悔 – often understood to mean “confession” or “repentance” – was without doubt one the central forms of Buddhist practice in medieval China. Despite this, scholars have often disagreed concerning, firstly, what “repentance” even means in the Chinese or Buddhist contexts, as well as the best way of understanding the relationship between Chinese Buddhist chanhui and its Indian Buddhist antecedents on the one hand, and pre-Buddhist Chinese…

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Bilahari Kausikan: US-China Competition for Influence in Southeast Asia

March 7 @ 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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Bilahari Kausikan CICC Poster Online

Speaker: Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

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Those Waters Giving Way

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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Joseph Esherick: Bandits and Bolsheviks: the Shaanxi-Gansu Base Area before Mao

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS South Room S354, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Joseph Esherick Poster

Speaker: Joseph W. Esherick, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego In the fall of 1935, Mao read a newspaper article about a Communist base in Northern Shaanxi. He redirected the Long March to that base, which would become the Yan’an-centered “revolutionary holy land” from which the Chinese Communist Party would rise to power during the War of Resistance against Japan and the following Civil War. Yan’an during the war provided Mao and his colleagues an unprecedented degree of security,…

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Evelyn (Chiung-yun) Liu – When Fantastic Narrative Encounters Empirical Knowledge: Imagining the World in “The Eunuch Sanbao’s Voyage to the Western Ocean”

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Chiung-yun Liu CHS Poster Print

Speaker: Evelyn (Chiung-yun) Liu,  Academia Sinica, HYI Visiting Scholar The Eunuch Sanbao's Voyage to the Western Ocean, a late-sixteenth century novel loosely based on the historical expeditions commanded by Zheng He (1371-1433), is a peculiar mixture of factual accounts of foreign lands and fantastic narrative. In this work, popular Buddhist and Daoist figures living in a mythological landscape encounter a new worldview based on firsthand geographical accounts of maritime voyages recorded as early as the fourteenth century. While the novel is…

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Kishore Mahbubani – Is the Chinese Government Legitimate?

March 21 @ 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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Kishore Mahbubani CICC Poster Online

Speaker: Kishore Mahbubani, National University of Singapore

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Jing Tsu – When Literary Relations End

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Jing Tsu CHS poster Spring 2018

Speaker: Jing Tsu, Yale University More than ten years after Sinophone studies, is it breaking up?  This talk begins with a recent skirmish over the fraught term and its export.  In the attempt to bring faraway and neglected kins into its fold, Sinophone studies is facing open resistance where writers are choosing not to belong or subscribe.  An inclusionary project that has been built on championing their causes, Sinophone Studies is approaching an awkward turning point in its network power: after "literary governance" comes the art of not being…

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Scott Kennedy – The Fat Tech Dragon: Commercial and Strategic Implications of China’s Hi-Tech Drive

March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Scott Kennedy Poster

Speaker: Scott Kennedy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) China’s high-tech drive has drawn both fierce criticism for being unfair and breathless praise for its recent successes. This presentation attempts to cut through the hyperbole on both sides to examine the evolution of China’s high-tech policies and its recent performance record. Chinese technology policy has indeed become more discriminatory, but China’s actual performance record varies across sectors, as do the implications for the United States and the global economy.…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Thomas Gold

March 28 @ 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

Dwight Perkins – How to Measure China’s Economic Reform

April 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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dwight perkins

Speaker: Dwight Perkins, Harvard University Dwight H. Perkins is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Research Professor of Political Economy of Harvard University, where he joined the faculty in 1963. Previous positions at Harvard include Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, 1963-2006; Associate Director of the Fairbank Center, 1973-1977; chairman of the Department of Economics, 1977-1980; Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), the University’s former multi-disciplinary institute for research, teaching, and technical assistance on development policy,1980-1995; and Director…

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

April 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: 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 @ 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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China Economy Lecture Series – Barry Naughton

April 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: Barry Naughton, University of California San Diego Barry Naughton is the Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at the School. He is one of the world’s most highly respected economists working on China. He is an authority on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research focuses on regional economic growth in China and its relationship to foreign trade and investment. He has addressed economic reform in…

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China Economy Lecture Series – Victor Shih

April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Victor Shih, University of California San Diego Victor Shih is an associate professor of political economy and has published widely on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies and exchange rates. He was the first analyst to identify the risk of massive local government debt, and is the author of “Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation.” Prior to joining UC San Diego, Shih was a professor of political science at Northwestern University and former principal…

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Critical Issues Confronting China Series – Wu Xinbo

April 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: Wu Xinbo, Professor & Director Center for American Studies Dean Institute of International Studies Fudan University Dr. Wu is Professor and Dean, Institute of International Studies, and Director at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University.  He teaches and researches China’s foreign and security policy, Sino-U.S. relations, and U.S. Asia-Pacific policy.  Prof. Wu is the author of Dollar Diplomacy and Major Powers in China, 1909-1913 (Fudan University Press, 1997), award-winning Turbulent Water: US Asia-Pacific Security Strategy in the post-Cold War…

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Buddhist Studies Forum – Paul Harrison

April 30 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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