Paul Sereno, Professor in Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago, spoke on the campus of Shandong University in Jinan, China. After his lecture entitled “Paleontology as Art and History”, Sereno took questions before an audience of 250.
He discussed his recent work researching dinosaur fossils at the Shangdong Tianyu Museum of Nature, his early education as an artist, his long ties with China and the on again-off again land bridge between North American and Asia.
The public event was the third in a series by the American Culture Exchange Center, a joint project between the University of Chicago and Shandong University. This series was funded, in part, by the American Center for Educational Exchange. Shandong University’s coverage of the event is here.
Shandong University and the University of Chicago signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement, in hopes of furthering research in paleontology, as well as in political science, religion, medicine, and other fields: “芝加哥大学古生物学家保罗•赛伊诺（Paul Sereno）教授一行访问山东大学。山东大学校长徐显明在中心校区会见了赛伊诺教授一行，并就两校开展考古合作研究等工作进行了交流。山东大学与美国芝加哥大学于2011年签署了全面合作协议，双方在考古学、政治学、宗教学、医学等领域已经开展了卓有成效的合作” (Read the rest of the article here). Shandong University also posted details of the program schedule.