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Queens College to Spring Ahead With a Full Season of Events Continuing Its Year of China Celebration

-- Free Lecture February 1 on “China in Transition” Will Kick Off Spring Series; Later Events Include Shanghai Circus, Beijing Ballet and a Contemporary Dance Premiere --

FLUSHING, NY, JANUARY 21, 2011—The calendar may tell a different story, but at Queens College, spring will start early as the second half of its celebration of the Year of China gets underway next month. Included in the vernal events will be lectures by top scholars; themed musical, dance and acrobatic performances by internationally acclaimed artists; and art exhibitions at the college’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Art Center, and Flushing Town Hall.

The seasonal activities will kick off on Tuesday, February 1, from 7 – 8:30 pm at QC’s Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (ground floor) with a free lecture by Elizabeth C. Economy on “China in Transition: Issues for the Coming Decade.” Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Economy has published widely on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

Her most recent book, The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; Second Edition, 2010), was named one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books in 2008 by the University of Cambridge; won the 2005 International Convention on Asia Scholars Award for the best social sciences book published on Asia; and was listed as one of the best business books of 2010 by Booz Allen Hamilton’s strategy+business magazine.

A frequent guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs, Economy has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and regularly consults for U.S. government agencies and companies. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China and serves on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. Economy has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

Free Lectures By Leading Experts on China

The YOC free lecture series will cover in-depth topics that are important to China and the world today. Besides the February 1 lecture by Elizabeth Economy, other upcoming lectures include: 

March 3: “Human Development in China” by Carl Riskin, QC Distinguished Professor of Economics;

April 7: “Chinese in the United States” by Peter Kwong
, Hunter College Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning.

A Full Season of Chinese-Accented Performing and Visual Arts

There will be a performance of the New Shanghai Circus in Colden Auditorium on March 6, and at LeFrak Hall, a concert by pianist Joel Fan and friends on May 1. On May 6 and 7, the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet will perform its U.S. premiere of a ballet choreographed by contemporary performance artist and QC professor Yin Mei. 

The visual arts lineup includes an exhibition of Chinese-influenced ceramic art by American contemporary artists at Flushing Town Hall from February 3 – March 31; and at the college’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum an exhibition of more than 70 works by China-born artist Mansheng Wang will be on view from February 15 – May 27. At the college’s Art Center, a selection of candid photos of everyday pedestrians and bicyclists in Beijing by native New Yorker and performance artist Tommy Mintz will be presented from January 28 – May 27. 

More details on each of these events will be forthcoming in separate releases. You can also visit the Year of China website for additional information on current and future events: For directions to the campus, go to:

The Year of China is part of the college’s Asian Initiatives program. Its purpose 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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