Past Events

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

In 1999, Cambridge University Press published The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C., a volume which combined both traditional historical records and the most recent archaeological discoveries to produce a comprehensive history of the period beginning with China’s first written records in the Shang dynasty (c. 1200 B.C.) and extending through to the establishment of the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. In the West, this volume has been regarded as a benchmark in the study of ancient China. In China, perhaps because it has never been translated into Chinese, the volume has taken on an almost mythical status, regularly hailed as a milestone in the Western study of China. 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the book. Not only have these twenty years brought ever more archaeological discoveries, but they have also brought greater sophistication in their treatment by the most recent generation of scholars in both the West and in China. This conference will bring together these scholars to evaluate both the book and the current state of the field.

The 8th Annual Joint Conference of University of Chicago and PUMCH Liver Surgery

All day
Through September 7, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Sep. 6

Advances in Treating Solid Tumors and Academic Skills

OCAT Institute 2019 Annual Lecture Series

All day
Through September 4, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Sep. 2

Three Transnational Moments in the History of Chinese Art
Speaker:Craig Clunas

New Approaches to the Study of Manuscripts and Other Written Artefacts

7:00–8:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing


Manuscript Studies have become popular in recent years. The talk presented comparative approaches as developed at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg. In addition, new insights in traditional ways we look at manuscripts and other written artefacts were introduced.

2019 Beijing Launchpad Reception

5:30–7:30 pm
Baijia Dayuan


A warm reception for the University of Chicago greater China community in Beijing.

Aug. 15

The conference is the sixth (and the last in this series) in a sequence of conferences held biennially on the art of tombs, the longest and most deeply rooted ritual art tradition in pre-modern China. This is a vital and growing field of study both in the sense of the increasing materials available from archeological activity and in the multi-disciplinary scholarship that it has inspired.

The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies will organize an online webinar for students who are interested in its Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) program.

Beijing: the Capital of Biodiversity

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


In this lecture, British wildlife conservationist Terry Townshend explained why Beijing is one of the world’s best capital cities for wildlife, as well as how technology is allowing us to discover incredible secrets about some of this capital's best known species.

Graduate Student-at-Large Program

All day
Through August 6, 2019

Jul. 25

Graduate-Student-At-Large (GSAL) is a non-degree program that provides students who already have a B.A. degree the opportunity to enroll as full-time students at the University of Chicago. International GSAL students can take undergraduate and graduate courses at University of Chicago College; the Graduate Divisions of the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities; and the various graduate schools, such as the Divinity School, Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago Law School, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the School of Social Service Administration.

The Ninth Chinese Political Sociology Workshop

All day
Through July 19, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jul. 17


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