Get Involved

There are numerous ways to get involved with the Fairbank Center’s activities, programs, and events. Whether you are a Harvard student, a member of the China Studies community, a journalist looking for an expert, or simply have a passing interest in China—our world-class research provides something for everyone.

Attend an event

Our public lectures and events are open to all and many are available to watch online. Our twelve lecture series cover the full range of our research, from our Critical Issues Confronting China series on contemporary politics, to our China Humanities seminar on topics ranging from China’s earliest dynasties to today. Our events connect guest speakers from around the world with members of our community and public audiences.

Our Public Lecture Series

Be the first to know about our upcoming lectures and events by subscribing to our weekly events email.

For inquiries regarding public events sponsored by the Fairbank Center, including republication of materials from our public events, please contact Mark Grady, Events Coordinator.

Connect with an expert

Our experts cover a wide range of research topics on China across the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art history, digital methods, economics and business, the environment, gender studies, government, health, history, international relations, journalism and communication, language and linguistics, law, literature and culture, religion, science and technology, sociology, and Taiwan Studies.

Connect with our experts directly, or email us if you need help identifying an expert on a breaking news topic.

Apply to our programs and grants

We offer programs for Harvard and non-Harvard affiliates alike, through in-resident affiliations for graduate student associates, visiting scholars, or pre- and post-doctoral fellows, or nonresident associate positions for scholars in our wider community.

Explore our research

The Fairbank Center is home to world-class researchers and leading voices in our field. Explore the latest research from our scholars and affiliates, as well as our sponsored research initiatives.

Visit the Center and the Fung Library

In non-Covid times, the Fairbank Center is open Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5pm. Following current university health guidelines, the Center will be open but staff will be working both from the Center and remotely. Please email in advance if you wish to meet with a staff member.

H.C. Fung Library

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Collection at the H.C. Fung Library is open to Harvard ID holders. The Library also offers stacks access to external students and researchers who present an official form of ID. Other Harvard libraries and archives are open to current Harvard students, faculty, staff, and library card holders with active borrowing and access cards. The Fung Library is usually open 9am – 8pm Monday through Thursday, 9am – 5pm on Fridays, and 12pm – 5pm on Sundays. The Fung Library is closed on Sundays. Check Harvard Libraries for up-to-date opening times.

Media Access to Harvard

Photographers and videographers must request a permit from Harvard Public Affairs and Communications to film or photograph the campus.

Support our activities

Donating to the Fairbank Center helps to ensure that the next generation of China Studies experts are well-informed, sensitive to nuance, and rigorous in their scholarship. Gifts of all amounts help us to further our mission to advance understandings of China.

Contact us

Get in touch with us via phone or email from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.