Past Events

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

Tasting Strings 品弦

3:00–5:30 pm


The University of Chicago Center in Beijing exists to promote cultural exchange, or wenhua jiaoliu.  “Wenhua” 文化reminds us that the patterns of our shared lives are always changing, and “jiaoliu” 交流seems to speak of the unconstrained flow of precious things across time and space, linking people together.  Perhaps music is a more perfect expression of cultural exchange than all of our scholarship put together.  Curating this concert, “Tasting Strings,” composer Yao Chen has worked with the flowing together of similarities (plucked and bowed stringed instruments) and the contrasts of differences (Chinese and European instruments, traditional and contemporary compositions).  Listening to these stellar performers explore such rich musical worlds, we are led to relive our own travels through time and space and appreciate anew the deeply meaningful encounters we have experienced.  The Center is grateful to Chen Yao for bringing this musical experience to the Center.  And the University of Chicago is proud to be the Professor Yao’s alma mater.  His brilliant international career has brought credit to the Music Department and Composition program at the University, and his friendship to the Center here in Beijing has been precious.  We hope to sponsor a number of concerts in coming months and years, with the help of Chen Yao and his many exceptional musician friends.

There was a global explosion of interest in human rights in the 1970s.  Americans at the time believed that they were leaders in this initiative.  But Americans did not get there first.  In fact, one might argue they got there last.  Focusing on the rise of new transnational forces that transformed the international order in the late twentieth century, Bradley explains why America lagged behind the rest of the world in the “imagination of human rights.”

UChicago Division of the Social Sciences Information Session

7:00–9:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing


An information session on the MA and PhD programs in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Precision medicine has the potential to transform the future medical practice. For most mental disorders, currently there has been no precise biological tests or effective treatments. Success of precision medicine in psychiatry depends on our understanding of individual genetic makeup, symptoms, cognitive assessment, and environmental exposures. Recent breakthroughs in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and large-scale sequencing projects in psychiatry yield hundreds of genetic risk loci, bringing forth enormous opportunities but also posting challenges for translating genetic findings into accurate disease biology and clinical interventions. A likely paradigm change of psychiatric genetic architecture from polygenic to omnigenic model as well as pleiotropy nature further amplify such challenges. A multidiscipline approach that can integrate data at multiple levels (e.g., genomics, molecular, cellular, physiological, brain imaging and other phenotypes) is highly needed. Moreover, it is also instrumental to embrace novel technologies for data collection (e.g., using mobile platform). This workshop covers a variety of topics related to psychiatry, ranging from smartphone-based omics profiling and phenotype collection in mental disorders, schizophrenia genetics, braining imaging, functional genomics and patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) disease modeling. The main goals of the workshop are: to inform Chinese basic and clinical researchers in mental health about the forefront research approaches and progress on psychiatric genetics, genomics, disease modeling and phenotyping in the context of psychiatric precision medicine; to promote research collaboration and resource sharing between US and Chinese researchers in mental health.

Knee and shoulder injuries are more common in elite athletes than the general population, and a safe and early return to play places greater demands on the management of such injuries.  This conference will discuss the latest concepts and techniques in knee and shoulder surgery and rehabilitation for the elite athlete.  Both the University of Chicago and Peking University have both been leaders in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine and the treatment of elite athletes.  The co-directors of this conference, Professors Ho and Ao have collaborated to bring the very best and latest of sports medicine to Beijing.  As team physician for the China Women's National Volleyball team, Dr. Ho will use specific examples from experiences treating injured members of the 2016 Olympic gold medal team in Rio de Janeiro.  Head Coach Lang Ping will speak at the conference and offer her insights into the role that sports medicine played in her success over the course of her coaching career.  Dr. Ao is the well-known leader of sports medicine at the prestigious Peking University, will bring his experience with the many elite and Olympic athletes he has treated.  Dr. Shi, originally from Beijing and trained at Harvard University, is now Director of the Research and Shoulder and Elbow consultant for University of Chicago's sports medicine service and teams.  He consults and lectures in China and United States on a regular basis as an expert in shoulder surgery and research.

4th Annual 21st Century Anthropology Forum

All day
Through October 15, 2017

Oct. 14

October 14 and 15 the Center in Beijing welcomed the 4th Annual 21st Century Anthropology Forum.  The Forum was organized by the Renmin University of China Institute for Anthropological Research and the Renmin University National Development and Strategy Research Institute.  

The University of Chicago Division of the Humanities cordially invites you to an information session about the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) presented by our newly appointed Dean, Anne Walters Robertson. Dean Robertson will be joined via Skype by Dr. Hilary Strang, MAPH's Deputy Director, to present an overview of the program and the admission process.

The Liver, Microbiome, and Academic Skills Workshop

All day
Through September 9, 2017

Sep. 8

"The Liver, Microbiome, and Academic Skills Workshop" was successfully held on September 8th-9th 2017, at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.  More than 50 audiences including doctors, students and researchers attended this conference and had heated discussions with speakers.  This conference was co-organized by Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition (HBSN), AME Publishing Company, University of Chicago Global Surgery, University of Chicago Department of Surgery and University of Chicago Center in Beijing.  It is the seventh in a sequence of workshops held every autumn.  The workshop assembled the world’s experts in the microbiome, who focus their effort on various liver disease.  Active clinical researchers presented on the new paradigms for treating both hepatocellular and cholangio carcinomas.  Finally, with the academic writing session, they provided a better understanding of the manuscript process, with a focus on the impact of unethical behavior.


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