Past Events

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


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.


Beijing Harper Lecture:  Big Calculation and Algorithmic Intelligence

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


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.


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

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

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


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


"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


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. 

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