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Inside China Today: Lecture and Seminar Series at Queens College Will Offer In-Depth Study of Contemporary China

-- Leading Scholars Will Discuss Important Cultural, Political, Economic and Environmental Issues Facing this New Global Superpower--

FLUSHING, NY, Sept. 17, 2010 – Napoleon once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."  When, in the second quarter of 2010, China surpassed Japan to become the world's second largest economy, the truth of Napoleon’s words were borne out:  Over the last three decades China has become an economic superpower, its future intimately woven into the tapestry of today's global economy. 

This and other issues will be explored in a monthly lecture and seminar series beginning in October at Queens College called “A Short Course on Contemporary China.” The program, which is part of the college’s yearlong celebration of China, consists of an in-depth study of six topics that are important to China and the world today. 

QC Distinguished Professor of Economics Carl Riskin will chair the entire program. Each study will begin with a free lecture given by a leading scholar in the field. 

Later in the same month, there will be a seminar-style discussion on the lecture topic led by members of the Queens College faculty.  The cost for all six seminars and preparatory reading materials is $200 ($50 per individual session).  To purchase a subscription for the full Contemporary China program, contact the Kupferberg Center Box Office at 718-793-8080.

The following lectures and corresponding seminars will be held on Thursdays from 7 – 8:30 pm in the college’s Benjamin Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (lectures) and the 5th Floor President’s Conference Room 2 (seminars). 

See the Year of China website for further details on all current and future events: For directions to the campus, go to:


October 7 and 21:

“China Today”

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society


November 4 and 11:

“Chinese Economy”

Dwight Perkins, Harold Hitchings Burbank Research Professor of Political Economy,

Harvard University

December 2 and 16:

“Sino-U.S. Relations” Roundtable

Robert Barnett, Director, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Xiaobo Lu, Director, Beijing Global Center, Columbia University

Bonnie Glaser, Senior Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Associate,
Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies

February 3 and 17, 2011:

“China’s International Relations”

Speakers to be announced

March 3 and 17:

“China and the Environment”

Speakers to be announced

April 7 and 14:

“Chinese in the United States”

Peter Kwong, Professor of Asian-American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College

The Year of China celebration was organized by QC’s Asian Initiatives.  The purpose of Asian Initiatives is to develop and expand innovative Asia-related academic programs and activities for the college, Queens and the greater New York community, and strengthen visibility for the college locally, nationally and throughout Asia.


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