November 21, 2012 8:30am to December 8, 2012 8:30pm
USCET has a robust list of programs scheduled for November and December 2012. We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming program events in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Changchun. Full schedule and list of speakers is below.
Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop/USCET Journalist-in-Residence
HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, HONG KONG; NOVEMBER 19 - 24
Featuring Bill Adair and James Grimaldi
The 5th Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop (PPWW) will be held on November 19-24, 2012 at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Outstanding Pulitzer Prize Winners from 2003 to the present will host a series of lectures, moderate a forum and teach classes. USCET's 10th and 11th JIRs, James Grimaldi and Bill Adair, will participate in two events each during the workshop. Founded in 2006 by the Department of Journalism at HKBU, the workshop aims to advance journalistic education and practice in the Greater China region, and also offers a platform for cultural exchange among local, Greater China and top US journalists.
Three on the Bund Sunday Salon
THREE ON THE BUND, SHANGHAI; NOVEMBER 25
Featuring Gish Jen, conducted by Asia Media
Set in the elegant and historic Three on the Bund, Gish Jen will read from one of her novels, and share with the audience her unique connection to the Shanghai area and the life experiences that have shaped her stories about American immigration and the search for cultural identity.
5th Annual Media Education Consortium (MEC) Conference
“Political reporting in the US and the 2012 elections”
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL STUDIES UNIVERSITY, SHANGHAI; NOVEMBER 25 - 27
Featuring Bill Adair, James Grimaldi,and Bill Schneider
USCET decided to harness the intense media focus of the presidential election year to steer both media and American Studies programming to focus on American democracy in action. The 5th Annual MEC Conference will focus on political reporting in the US and the 2012 elections. USCET is organizing this conference in tandem with its 9th Annual American Studies Network (ASN) Conference, which this year will take on the theme – America: The 2012 Elections and Beyond. The MEC conference will turn attention to the role a free and open media played in the 2012 election and its continuing role in the US democratic system going forward. Topics will include the important role of the media in holding candidates accountable during the campaign, e.g., “fact checking;” balance and integrity in political reporting; and the broader theme of the value of a free press as a check on government abuses and corruption. USCET's three JIRs, Bill Adair, James Grimaldi, and Bill Schneider, will all participate as keynotes and moderators.
America Week at InfoUSA @ BFSU
BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY, BEIJING; NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 2
USCET’s first American cultural center in China at Beijing Foreign Studies University, called InfoUSA@BFSU, will hold its second America Week featuring American-themed speaking and instructional programs. Author Gish Jen will kick off USCET’s Asian American Author Series by speaking to audiences about how her writing examines ethnic identity, as well as cultural diversity in the exploration of the American immigrant experience.
Wall Street Journal senior writer James Grimaldi, USCET’s 10th Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist in Residence (JIR), will lead workshops with graduate students and speak at an open lecture. Grimaldi will talk about his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece on the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, as well as his rich history in investigative work covering areas like politics, campaigns, and lobbying.
9th Annual American Studies Network (ASN) Conference:
“America: 2012 Elections and Beyond”
BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY, BEIJING; NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2
Featuring Robert Jones, Bill Schneider, and James Thurber
The 9th Annual ASN Conference will continue USCET’s election-related programming with a focus on the 2012 elections. The content will aim to increase appreciation of the American political process and the vibrancy of our democracy. A “call for papers” was issued and included topics about the Obama administration, the campaigning process, and the evolving importance of socio-cultural issues and religion. Paper submissions will be organized into panel discussions and three prominent US experts will deliver keynotes and participate on panels. By focusing on this important theme, the conference will reinforce the value of democratic processes for China’s current and rising America specialists and through them, policymaking circles and the Chinese media.
University Forums on American Society and Culture
“US Society and Culture: 2012 US Elections”
SICHUAN UNIVERSITY AND SICHUAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY, CHENGDU; DECEMBER 4 – 5
Featuring Robert Jones and James Thurber
Two one-day forums for faculty and graduate students in Sichuan Province will continue with USCET’s programming theme by uncovering a significant element of American society and culture: the effect that religion has on political life in the US. Students and teachers from all disciplines can take advantage of the opportunity to hear from US experts on the evolving importance of socio-cultural issues and religion in US elections and political life in general. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the results of the 2012 US elections and the affect that Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion played in the election.
Annual FY Chang Lecture
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, BEIJING; DECEMBER 6
This year’s distinguished FY Chang lecturer will be Elsie Leung (梁爱诗), GBM, JP: the first Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong (1997-2005).
Opening of InfoUSA @ NENU
NORTHEAST NORMAL UNIVERSITY, CHANGCHUN; December 7
USCET’s second American cultural center in China at Northeast Normal University, called InfoUSA@NENU, will unveil its new reading room at an Opening Ceremony with dignitaries and launch the joint effort to provide resources and vibrant programming on the US.
FUDAN UNIVERSITY, SHANGHAI; DECEMBER 7
James A. Thurber, Founder/Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, Washington, D.C., will be featured at Fudan University in Shanghai.