Past Events: 2018

The “21 University Students” Celebration of Global Chinese Language Writers

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Dec.
5

Professor Lianke YAN and his students in creative writing award the most celebrated contemporary writers writing in Chinese language. 


Book Launch Event for the Chinese Translation of the University Of Chicago: A History

5:00–9:10 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing | 芝加哥大学北京中心

Dec.
3

A special book launch for the Chinese version of The University of Chicago: A History by John W. Boyer. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on-site. 


Nov.
30

Parents, Alumni, and Friends Witness The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong Opening


Nov.
28

Starting in 2016, the University of Chicago Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies has partnered with Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) for a two-quarter, credit-bearing “Dual Certificate Program in Financial Management and the Business of Innovation”, held annually at the University of Chicago campus in Chicago. At the end of November 2018, CUEB and the Graham School collaborated to host a series of informational events about the program, with a mock lecture at CUEB’s Fengtai campus on November 22, and an information session at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing on November 28.


2nd International Symposium of Innovation-Driven Development

All day
Through November 17, 2018
Sun Yat-sen University

Begins
Nov. 15

Organized by 

Research Institute for Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta,
School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University
Volkswagen Endowed Chair Industrial Relations and Social Development


2nd Annual International Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery Conference

All day
Through November 10, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Nov. 9

On November 9-10, 2018, University of Chicago Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Peking University Institute of Sports Medicine jointly organized the 2nd Annual International Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery Conference at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. This conference continued the success of the first effort last year, drawing 120 doctors of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine from hospitals across the country.


U.S. & CHINA: A Symposium on Communities, Cultural Participation, and Policy

All day
Through October 24, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Oct. 23

In addition to being a driver of economic development, the arts are recognized as playing an important role in social development in China and the U.S.: how, when, where, and why are arts/culture being used as community-building resources? How effective are participatory public arts programs in promoting meaningful community connections and interactions?


Panlongcheng and Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Oct.
17

Panlongcheng and Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations

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Commencement Ceremony of the Panlongcheng Joint Archaeological Collaboration Project

盘龙城与古代文明比较研究座谈会 暨

盘龙城联合考古项目启动仪式


Oct.
10

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the University of Chicago and Cornell University held a joint undergraduate admissions information session at the Center in Beijing. The session, part of both schools' extensive tour of China, provided prospective students and families with the opportunity to learn more about each school and ask questions to the admissions officers. The event was well-attended, with over 60 participants.
After the session at the Center in Beijing, which followed sessions at assorted high schools throughout the city, the admissions officers will move on to Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, and other locations throughout China. Some of these sessions can be found on the admissions website.


       文化没有高下之分,世界一直丰富多维。在单一文化、单一价值日益受到挑战的今天,如何欣赏不同的文化、价值观乃至不同的生活世界,并进一步在不同世界的相遇、交织、摩擦中体悟新知,拓展局限,也绝不是单向度的行为。“事苗知新”圆桌讨论会以“民族民间文化的主体性”为焦点,接续“事苗”艺术展力图通过融合创新以活化传统文化的尝试,邀请民族音乐、民族服饰、民族医药、当代艺术批评、城市规划等相关领域的学者,与艺术家共同开展一场跨学科的对话,讨论民族民间艺术的发掘传承实践,深化民族民间文化及遗产在当代社会发挥更大作用的认识论和方法论思考。


Beijing Harper Lecture:  Big Calculation and Algorithmic Intelligence

6:30–9:00 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Sep.
27

In many cultures and epochs, the three pillars of scribal cultures have been reading, writing, and calculation. Our online lives are dominated by reading and writing to an extent probably unprecedented in world history; these culture techniques have weathered and indeed flourished under successive media revolutions, from printing to digitization. But calculation, the third pillar of the scribal triumvirate, has almost ceased to count as an intellectual activity. How did this happen? In this lecture, Lorraine Daston takes you back to the century between 1870 and 1970, when calculation was demoted from an intellectual to a mechanical activity and when the histories of Big Calculation and the division of labor converged.


Sep.
26

In this free event hosted by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, you will hear from Ted C. Fishman—author of China, Inc. and Shock of Gray—about how global demographic change will shape the future of Asian nations, including China. He also will explore how families, firms, and leaders can respond to accelerated population aging, both in their own countries and abroad.


A Graduate Course: Psychiatric Genomics and Imaging Genetics

All day
Through November 21, 2018
Peking University

Begins
Sep. 19

As a continuation of the successful “2017 UChicago Beijing Center Workshop on Clinical and Basic Research of Psychiatry”, three UChicago professors from the Department of Psychiatry (Drs. Jubao Duan, Alan Sanders, and Pablo Gejman) furthered the collaboration between the University of Chicago and Peking University Sixth Hospital by offering lectures as part of an autumn 2018 graduate course at Peking University.


The 6th Joint Conference on Surgery and Academic Skills

All day
Through September 15, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Sep. 14

Precise Treatment for Tumors: Medication and Surgery

第六届外科与学术论文写作研讨会 — 肿瘤精准医疗:药物治疗与外科手术


On September 8, 2018, the CPSC-University of Chicago Symposium was jointly held in Xi’an by University of Chicago Center in Beijing, Wuhan University Center for Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics, and Committee for Pancreatic Surgery, Society of Surgery, Chinese Medical Association during the 16th Chinese Pancreatic Surgery Congress. 


University of Chicago Graduate Admissions Information Session

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

Sep.
7

Ranjan Daniels (AM '94), Senior Director of the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago and Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at the Harris School of Public Policy, will provide an overview of the graduate admissions process and opportunities to study at the University of Chicago.  


Documenting the Public: Contemporary Photography and Urban Space

6:30–9:30 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Sep.
6

"Documenting the Public: Contemporary Photography and Urban Space" attracted audiences to join in a conversation on how documentary photography has transformed our interactions in and with public space. Each of the three distinguished speakers—critic and curator Bao Kun, photographer Chen Zhixian, and historian of photography Antonello Frongia— talked about one image that they find especially compelling. The forum concluded with an open discussion led by Zhiyan Yang and Paola Iovene aimed at finding points of comparison between China, Italy, and the United States.


Booth Alumni Club Event

3:00–5:00 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jul.
28

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 28th, the Booth School of Business Beijing Alumni Club brought Dr. Ling Zhang, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York, and Dasheng Zheng, Chinese film director to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing for an interesting dialogue on China’s independent film industry. 


Dialogue with Distinguished Alum

3:00–5:00 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jul.
21

On Saturday, July 28, the third event in a series called “Dialogue with Distinguished Alum” organized by the University of Chicago Beijing Alumni Club presented an interesting dialogue between alum Dave Chen, MBA’00 and Peng Xue, Founder and CEO of Shansong Delivery Service. 


The Eighth Chinese Political Sociology Workshop

All day
Through July 20, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jul. 18

From July 18 through 20, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted the Eighth Chinese Political Sociology Workshop. Professor Dingxin Zhao of the University of Chicago Department of Sociology and Professor Shizheng Feng of Renmin University Department of Sociology organized the workshop, with additional assistance from Zhejiang University. Within the three-day span, over 130 outstanding graduate students and young faculty selected from over 500 applicants had the opportunity to listen to lectures and participate in discussions with 17 faculty members from around the world.


Opening Reception for Unexpected Histories: A New Exhibition of Works by Guan Wei

6:00–7:30 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jul.
12

"Unexpected Histories," a new art exhibit of works by Guan Wei, has opened in the Steve Sun Gallery of the University of Chicago Beijing Center.


2018 HCEO-PEKING Student Training Summer Seminar

All day
Through July 9, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jul. 7

The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is hosting its first Student Training Summer Seminar in collaboration with the School of Economics at Peking University and the University of Chicago Beijing Center. The three-day intensive program is designed to equip students with the tools to formulate research questions, and proceed to investigate those questions empirically and theoretically using data. Students will hear lectures from leading faculty, participate in hands-on data analysis projects, and present and receive feedback on their findings. There is no fee to attend. The program is open to Ph.D. students studying within China.


Infectious Disease Law and Policy Forum

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jun.
26

On June 26th, 2018, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing along with the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Health Governance Initiative (HGI) , a Beijing-Based think tank focuses on health law and policy, hosted the “Infectious Disease Law and Policy Forum.” The forum, which brought together 19 experts from different universities; national and international health organizations; NGOs; and media corporations, sought to answer the question of how we can utilize law and policy regarding infectious disease to promote social justice.  Jonathan Lio, an organizer of the conference and professor at the University of Chicago, built on this further by saying that he wants to create “[A society] where everyone has equal access to education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Where our most vulnerable are protected and respected while we move towards eradicating infectious disease.”


Workshop on “Abundance, Consumption and Happiness”

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jun.
8

“新时代的幸福学与决策心理学”学术研讨会


Rediscovering Medical Antiquity in China

All day
Through June 8, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 7

In recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)'s remaining un-probed potential as a source of medical revelation, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine co-organized a conference from June 7-8, 2018, entitled "Rediscovering Medical Antiquity in China." At the conference, 20 experts gathered to share and present their research with the goal of discussing ancient medical texts and their various interpretations, while drawing upon "the expertise of participants in their various fields, ranging from ancient historical study to anthropological fieldwork."


Workshop on Child and Youth Development in China

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jun.
1

In a timely academic salute to Children's Day, a large group of researchers and childhood development experts convened at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing on June 1, 2018 for the Workshop on Child and Youth Development in China. The workshop followed the development of children in China across a series of significant age groups, starting with early childhood development and continuing through collegiate success.


Chicago-Tsinghua Junior Faculty Forum

All day
Through June 1, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing & Tsinghua University

Begins
May 31

The Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum was a first of its kind collaboration between leading American and Chinese law schools. The organizers selected twelve scholars working in the area of law-and-social-science to present works-in-progress. The purpose of the Forum was to allow for rigorous and critical discussion in the Chicago “roundtable”-style workshop, to set the standards for successful publications, and to increase the sense of community among American and Chinese legal scholars generally, particularly among those working in the area of law and social science. Four members from the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, all of whom have rich experience in conducting inter-disciplinary study of law and social science, also joined the Forum as discussants. Together with a few top Chinese legal scholars, they raised questions and comments to the presenters. 


UChicago College Information Session

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

May
4

Mary Hetlage, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago, offered a glimpse at life on UChicago's campus and advice on the application process. 


Beyond Self and Other: Contemporary Ethnography in and Beyond China

All day
Through April 22, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Apr. 21

走过自我与他者:中国内外的当代民族志探讨


The 3rd Sino-American Symposium on IBD Pathology

All day
Through April 21, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Apr. 20

2018年4月21日,在芝加哥大学北京中心举办的“第三届中美炎症性肠病病理论坛暨北京医奖会IBD专委会2018第三期IBD专题讨论会: IBD临床-病理对话”在热烈的氛围中圆满结束。120名中国临床和病理同行从全国各地集聚芝加哥大学北京中心,再次享受了一场难得的IBD学术盛宴。


Begins
Apr. 18

A joint symposium on “Fostering International Collaboration on Antimicrobial Resistance” between the University of Chicago and China-Japan Friendship Hospital.


Chen Leiji and friends—Gu Qin Concert

3:30–5:30 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Apr.
15

On the afternoon of 15 April, more than 145 people came to the Center in Beijing to enjoy a concert that featured China's most venerable stringed instrument—Gu Qin (古琴). This concert came into being as an idea from the Faculty Director of the Center in Beijing, Professor Judith Farquhar, who has an interest in Gu Qin and the capacity of Gu Qin music to connect people. Facilitated by Yao Chen, a composer and UChicago alumni, the concert was led by Gu Qin musician Chen Leiji and joined by his friends who specialize in various Chinese music instruments such as erhu, zhongruan, and xiao. In addition to playing Gu Qin, Chen Leiji also shared his thoughts on what makes the Chinese music performance different from that in the West, making the concert not merely a musical feast but also a conversation among music lovers.


Harris Beijing Chapter Kickoff Mix

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

Mar.
31

Harristas, Let's light up Harris Beijing Chapter!


Transplant Ethics: Looking Forward

All day
Through March 22, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Mar. 21

医学中的移植不断将伦理学领域推向对临床和生命伦理学中原则更深入和更细致的理解。在本次会议中,我们不再讨论那些曾经玷污中国移植界的伦理学问题,而是着手应对那些目前仍旧困扰着中美两国的重要伦理学挑战。


Social Impact Leadership Series: James Chen, AB ‘82, Founder of Clearly

6:30–8:30 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Mar.
20

On March 20, 2018, the “Social Impact Leadership Series – Beijing Station” event was successfully held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.  Named “Setting My Sights”, co-organized by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and Clearly, James Chen, UChicago AB ’82, a Hong Kong–based venture philanthropist gave a wonderful speech that attracted more than 40 audiences.


Department of Computer Science PhD Admitted Students Session

All day
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Mar.
9

On March 9, 2018, the first ever PhD admitted students’ session for Chinese students admitted into the Computer Science PhD program at University of Chicago was held at the Beijing Center. The session consisted of quick presentations about the University of Chicago school and its vision and dedication to learning, the Computer Science department, and the surrounding Chicagoland area.


CACM Workshop “Distinctive Regional Characteristics of Computing in China”

All day
Through March 9, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Mar. 8

The CACM workshop held at the Beijing Center was launched to nucleate the computing community in China. It invited collaborators with practitioners and academics in various disciplines and technologies. Together, they examined the use of technology in China and how it differs from other regions of the world, identifying leading novel topics that may be included in the CACM region-centric report. The report will focus on major differences that affects technology with respect to relations, time, space and lifestyle. This conference also marks China as the pioneer of this new section in CACM, and will set the new precedent of this rotating regional spotlight.


International Symposium on Child Welfare and Protection

2:35–2:35 pm
Haikou City, Hainan Province

Jan.
10

With the generous support of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing and UNICEF Beijing Office, the International Symposium on Child Welfare and Protection was successfully held in Haikou City, Hainan Province on December the 5th and 6th, 2017. The symposium was organized by Chapin Hall Center at the University of Chicago in cooperation with the China Philanthropy Institute at Beijing Normal University. Located on the University of Chicago campus, Chapin Hall is a leading policy research center in the US with a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.