All events held by the Fairbank Center have been cancelled for the semester.

Read the latest updates from Harvard University about the administration’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).


Update: March 10, 2020

Dear Fairbank Center Community,

Harvard University is paying close attention to the public health concerns related to  opens in a new windowCOVID-19 (Coronavirus). President Bacow has  opens in a new windowannounced a range of steps that Harvard is taking in response to the situation.

The Fairbank Center has been  opens in a new windowmonitoring this situation for the past few months (see below), and our priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

In response to President Bacow’s announcement, all future public events at the Fairbank Center after March 11, 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

Our nine public event series are a core part of the Fairbank Center’s mission to advance scholarship in all fields of China Studies at Harvard. We hope that we will be able to resume our public events in due course.

The whole staff of the Fairbank Center join us in wishing all the members of our community the best at this challenging time. Please stay healthy, look after one another, and keep an eye out for anyone who may need your support.

Michael A. Szonyi, Director
Dan Murphy, Executive Director


Update: February 28, 2020

The Fairbank Center is closely monitoring the developing situation in Mainland China concerning the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), as well as how this situation might affect Harvard students, staff, faculty, and affiliates.

We are paying close attention to travel advisories from Harvard University, the U.S. Department of State, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding travel to Mainland China. We are doing our best to share accurate information about the COVID-19 outbreak with our community. Based on our current understanding of the situation, we would like to present the following statements.

First, we trust that everyone at Harvard recognizes that no individual is at fault for this public health emergency, and that any racist comments or actions against Chinese citizens or those of Chinese heritage have no place on our campus.

Second, even though exposure to the virus has been limited here in Massachusetts, many people here at Harvard are connected to people who have been affected. Harvard has resources in place for any members of the community who feel anxiety or distress about the situation.

Third, we are keeping track of changing policies from both Harvard University and the U.S. government. In light of the U.S. government’s new rules about foreign nationals traveling to Mainland China being barred from re-entry to the U.S., we urge everyone to be fully aware of these policies.

More information about Harvard’s travel guidance, which currently prohibits travel to China until further notice, can be found through Harvard Global Support Services; health information and resources can be accessed through Harvard University Health Services.

We are in touch with students who have received funding from the Fairbank Center and are currently in Mainland China. At present, we are still considering summer funding requests for travel to Mainland China, although final funding decisions will be contingent on Harvard University’s travel recommendations. Some summer programs, such as Harvard Beijing Academy, have been canceled. If you planned to take part in a summer program, please be sure to stay up to date on the program’s status in the coming weeks.

Please note that Harvard has prohibited all University-related international and domestic travel as well as all University-related non-essential air travel, and is urging extreme caution and judgement for personal travel through at least April 30. Please visit Harvard’s new coronavirus website for more specific guidance.

In the meantime, we are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation, and we will update our recommendations based on advice from Harvard University and the U.S. Department of State.


Watch and listen to our panel discussion on the local and global impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

Read and download a transcript of this event here.opens PDF file

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies