Past Events: 2019

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

Begins
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

Begins
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

Aug.
27

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

Aug.
16

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


Begins
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

Jul.
31

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

Begins
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

Begins
Jul. 17

第九届中国政治社会学讲习班


On June 30, as part of EdTalks Global Elite Universities Alumni Education Forum series on the pre-school education industry, “Little Kids, Big Future” was held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. The forum, which targeted key issues in pre-school education, invited 3 speakers and 5 other roundtable discussants to share their views, and brought together about 40 people to the Beijing Center.


Demystifying Film Sound and Music

2:00–5:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jun.
29

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Beijing Alumni Club organized a successful public event on June 29, 2019 at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. The tiered Lecture Hall crowded in 90 people on this Saturday afternoon for the event entitled Demystifying Film Sound and Music.


“Cultures of Labor, Inequality, and Eviction” Interdisciplinary Workshop

All day
Through June 23, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 22

“Cultures of Labor, Inequality, and Eviction: Migrant Workers’ Literature and Media Practices in Contemporary China,” an interdisciplinary workshop was held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, June 22-23, 2019.


Asia As Action: Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday

All day
Through June 22, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 21

On June 21-22, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted a graduate student-run conference on “Asia as Action: Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday.” The conference, which targeted key issues in history and anthropology, brought together 38 social science and humanities scholars from around the world, to share their research related to South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, and the multi-scalar interrelationships within and between these world areas.


Begins
Jun. 18

About 180 participants joined the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation for this informative webinar to learn more about each organization's global work.


Language Diversity, Contact and Change

All day
Through June 16, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 14

The linguistic landscape in China is highly diverse. The living languages currently spoken in China are estimated to be around 300 (Ethnologue). The socio-economic changes in China in the last four decades have had profound implications for language variation and change. Rapid urbanization of rural areas and increased mobility of workers created many communities with intensive language contact. Traditional research on language diversity has focused more on grammar description and documentation of minority languages. But the complexity of the issues calls for theoretical and methodological innovations, and the traditional boundaries between different disciplines that are concerned with language variation and change must be renegotiated. To this end, the current workshop is an attempt to initiate exchange between researchers from a wide range of specializations, including language typology, language documentation, social-cultural studies of language policy and language attitude/identity, language evolution, and experimental/computational investigations about language diversity and change. 


2nd Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum on Law

All day
Through June 14, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 13

The Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum On Law and Social Science selected twelve scholars to present work-in-progress papers written in English. The purpose of the Forum is to allow for open conversation with free flow of ideas and wide participation, in the Chicago “round table” style workshop. To facilitate this format, there will be no prepared comments by the discussants. All papers will be distributed and read by all participants in advance, to enable rigorous and broad discussion.


Science of Science

All day
Through June 11, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 10

Science has emerged as a dominant engine of innovation for modern society. Moreover, its rich published traces allow us to understand, predict and guide its advance and utility like never before. This international conference on the "Science of Science" will involve presentations by scientists, technologists and scholars studying science from a wide range of perspectives, along with panelists of science policy makers and publishers, followed by a coding sprint and competition to develop new tools for massive-scale name disambiguation, field identification, and concept extraction that could propel the field forward.


Judith Farquhar and Qicheng Zhang’s Book Launch Event

5:30–7:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
30

Faculty Director Judith Farquhar’s 2012 book Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing, has just been published in Chinese. This anthropological study of wellness practices and everyday life in Beijing was co-authored by Qicheng Zhang, a Beijing philosopher, medical school professor, and popular on-line lecturer, who conducted field research with Farquhar in the early 2000s. The Beijing Center and Sanlian Bookstore Press, the publisher, hosted a convivial book launch on Thursday May 30.


Alumni Event: Fountain of Youth

2:00–4:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
25

Fushih Pan, PhD’86, MD’89 Presented his work in using Physical Chemistry to decode the Fountain of Youth

On May 25, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing welcomed the return of Dr. Fushih Pan, the First Place Winner in the Global Launchpad: Beijing in July 14, 2012.


This meeting invited many leading Chinese scientists and hematologist/oncologists in the field of cellular therapy and cancer treatment to share academic ideas and promote international collaboration between the Chinese investigators and the faculties at UCMC.


UChicago Medicine China Forum 2019 - Innovations in Cancer Treatment

3:00–6:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
17

We cordially invite you to UChicago Medicine China Forum 2019 on May 17th. Throughout the forum, we are going to introduce recent updates and clinical innovation from UChicago Medicine.
我们诚挚地邀请您参加将于5月17日在芝加哥大学北京中心举办的芝加哥大学医学中心2019年中国论坛。活动中,我们将分享芝大医学中心的近况和临床创新成果。


ACT Art/Chinese Medicine/Technics

All day
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
12

ACT, or “Art, Chinese Medicine, Technics,” is a multi-disciplinary conference at the Beijing Center that gathered on Sunday, May 12. Proposed by an artist who is also an acupuncturist (Michelle Lewis-King), an anthropologist who is also a philosopher (Lili Lai), and a biologist who is also an art curator (Jo Wei), this workshop conjoined fields that are seldom considered together. A keynote speech by philosopher Yuk Hui sought to pluralize the notion of technology, seeking to identify differences in technical practice that might arise from closer attention to Asian theories both ancient and modern. Other philosophers added their thoughtful critiques of technological and metaphysical universalism (Wang Min’an, Li Tong, Chen Huaiyuan). Chinese medicine practitioners and scholars discussed the philosophical roots of technical medical practice (Liang Rong, Zhang Qicheng, Colin Garon). And artists presented experiments that worked through technology to change our perceptions of space, time, bodies, and nature (Michelle Lewis-King, Jo Wei, Guo Chunning). The lively conversations that took place on May 12 are only a beginning. We are only just inventing the art of reconsidering how Chinese medicine and philosophy can contribute to “the era of deep technologization” (Li Tong’s phrase). And we expect conversations across disparate fields, begun during the ACT workshop, will continue.


Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

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

May
2

May 2, 2019.  University of Chicago College Admissions Information Session.


The First Chinese Annual Women and Children’s Radiology Congress

All day
Through April 28, 2019
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

Begins
Apr. 26

The First Chinese Annual Women and Children’s Radiology Congress and the Sixth Shanghai Pediatric Imaging Summit took place on April 25-28th, 2019 in Shanghai, China. This meeting was attended by over 300 radiologists, with representation from three international countries. Dr. Dengbin Wang and his colleagues were the gracious hosts and organizers for this event. Dr. Deepa Sheth, a breast radiologist, and Dr. Gini Fleming, a medical oncologist, were invited from University of Chicago Medicine to attend and participate in the meeting.


Kingship and Compassion: The Paradox of Jayavarman VII, Emperor of Angkor by Professor Alan Kolata
王权与慈悲:芝加哥大学教授Alan Kolata讲述带领吴哥王朝走向鼎盛的国王阇耶跋摩七世


Wen Fang Exhibition Opening and Roundtable

3:30–6:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Apr.
21

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing proudly presents the Exhibition of Wen Fang on April 21, 2019. 


The Department of Art History at the University of Chicago is seeking applications from doctoral candidates in Chinese art history from the United States, Europe, and Asia for the third University of Chicago/Getty Dissertation Workshop in Chinese Art History, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its “Connecting Art Histories” initiative.


International Symposium on Safety of Vulnerable Road Users

All day
Through March 26, 2019
Empark Grand Hotel

Begins
Mar. 25

The Independent Council for Road Safety International (ICoRSI) meeting in China marks the third year in Changsha.


Harris School Reception for Admitted Students

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

Mar.
22

Harris School held a reception at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing to welcome recently admitted students in the Beijing area.


Paulson Institute: Business Opportunities for Climate Action

All day
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Mar.
15

The Paulson Institute and China Center for International Economic Exchange hosted a half-day knowledge-sharing workshop on the Business Opportunities for Climate Action at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.


Begins
Mar. 9

The University of Chicago Center for the Art of East Asia, Zhejiang University Center for Buddhist Art, and  the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University will jointly organize this conference to further look at the Ming Dynasty Zhihua Temple's position in the broader picture of the Ming-Qing Buddhist Monastic art and culture.


Mar.
7

With the future of public health insurance subsidies in the United States and many countries in flux, gauging the effects of public insurance on health care spending, financial security, and physical and mental health is crucial. Such effects are notoriously hard to assess, however, because there are many differences between uninsured and insured populations that may affect health.
 
Dean Baicker and colleagues used a rare opportunity to conduct a randomized, controlled evaluation of the effects of the US Medicaid program on a wide range of outcomes. Dean Baicker will present recent findings from this and other studies to shed light on the likely effects of changes in health policy.


Climate Activists with Global Vision Series Talk Ⅲ

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

Jan.
21

A New Era of Climate Negotiation: The Process Driven by Diverse Participants
气候谈判新时代——多元化参与者推动谈判进


University of Chicago Center in Beijing Open House

2:00–4:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jan.
19

Join us for an open house at the Center in Beijing on Saturday, January 19, 2019. 


The Practice and Vision of Alternative Education in Contemporary China

9:00 am–12:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jan.
12

Audience gathers to hear presentations on a range of topics, given by practitioners of alternative or non-mainstream education in China.


Measuring Progress in China’s “War on Pollution”蓝天保卫战:进展和未来

2:30 pm–4:45 am
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Jan.
10

A Special Event to Introduce the Air Quality Life Index and a New Research Partnership Between The University of Chicago and The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
分享“空气质量寿命指数”研究成果,见证芝加哥大学与中国科学院大学未来科研合作


From Xi’an to Dunhuang: Following Buddhist Traces in Medieval China
Summer 2019