Past Events

Previous University of Chicago Center in Beijing Conferences and Events are listed below. Click on an event for more information.

A galaxy of internationally-renowned scholars and researchers gathered in Beijing on June 3, 2017 at the International Symposium on Rethinking the Economic Role of the State, co-organized by the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University and Man and the Economy, with the collaboration of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.

2017 Oriental Inflammatory Bowel Disease Forum

All day
Through May 28, 2017
Pullman Shanghai South Hotel

May 26

Attended by 250 top Chinese experts in IBD, the forum was a collaborative effort between University of Chicago Center in Beijing, Beijing Medical Award Foundation, Department of Gastroenterology of Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Diseases, and Shanghai Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Center.

On May 24, the Center sponsored a one-day workshop,  “Writing the Real in China: Conversations with Writers.”  Organized with the help of a journalist who writes as Dan Bao for the on-line magazine Noon Story, the conference brought five of China’s most prominent realist fiction writers to the Center to share their work.  Cao Naiqian (from Shanxi), Zhang Yueran (Beijing), Shuang Xuetao (Liaoning), Ren Xiaowen (Shanghai), and Liu Liduo (Beijing) read from their writing and talked about dilemmas that arise for writers in today’s China.  Scholars from the University of Chicago, Peking University, Renmin University, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences joined the writers in a roundtable that explored the aesthetics, ethics, and social value of diverse approaches to depicting contemporary life.  A thoroughly engaged audience numbering more than 150 added their questions to those raised by the writers and scholars: how does fiction writing seek a deeper, truer level of realism? Is simple description more ethical than narrative fabulation?  How should language be twisted to deliver surprises to readers?  Should realist writing be enjoyable or difficult?  The day was so rewarding that we are beginning to plan a series of smaller and more focused writing workshops to begin in the Fall at the Center.  

For aspiring collectors in early modern China, the meaning, the authenticity, and the very existence of whole categories of material artifacts was contingent on a skein of relationships between textual and material realities. Through a case study of the bronze censers attributed to the early-Ming court of Xuande (1425–36), as they were perceived by collectors from the mid-sixteenth century onward, this paper examines the co-creation of object and text. It finds that the changing historical imagination and the technical complexities of industrial production interact in explaining and obscuring novelty, in bridging the marketable and the ineffable, and in making present a desirable past.

Ethical vocabularies objectify self-awareness, social interaction, and people’s effects on one another.  Terms take on meaning within larger constellations of ethical and psychological concepts, practices, and institutions.  Objectifications facilitate reflexivity, which in turn gives ethical life a public history.  Explicit concepts are more subject to criticism than tacit intuitions and habits, so they enter into the domain of politics and its history.  Tracing the emergence of such concepts, this talk examines some ethical reform movements to develop the idea of first, second, and third person stance.

On April 23, 2017, approximately 60 alumni, students and academics, and other friends assembled at the  St. Regis Hotel for a talk by Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor Emerita in Anthropology and Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.

From April 5-6, Dr. Mohan S. Gundeti, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology and Director of  Pediatric Urology at the University of Chicago Medicine visited Beijing and the Beijing Children's Hospital set up by the Beijing Center. 


Venture capital fund, Anlong Medical Fund, founded by Dr. Chunlin Adam Zhao, MBA'01 met again with CEOs from companies he invested at the Beijing Center.


Please join us for a conversation with Harris alumnus Andrew Means, MPP'11 on the application of data science and m! achine learning to social programs in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Mr. Means is the head of beyond.uptake, the philanthropic and civic innovation arm of Uptake, and co-founder at The Impact Lab.

The focus will be on the doctor-patient relationship and how it differs between specialties, surgery, medicine and pediatrics and between the US and China.
This broad topic allows us to look at how doctors and patients make decision for both medical and surgical treatments. We would explore questions such as whether the concept of “shared decision making” has relevance outside of the Anglo-American medical contexts.
We will look at how surrogate decisions are made in different settings such as for neonates as well as for elderly patients.   A Western principle of the Doctor-patient relationship is respecting the autonomous choices of patients this may differ in different cultures and different settings. Similarly, exploration of ‘presumed consent” for medical emergencies such as CPR or emergency surgery can be addresses. (e.g. in trauma in different cultural settings.
Using an interactive case based format, in collaboration with our surgical, medical, and bioethics colleagues in Beijing , the specific topics emphasize different approaches to these issues across Western and Chinese cultures.

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