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Our Cornell Contemporary China Initative Lecture Series, launched in the spring 2015, is the cornerstone  of the CCCI. It features interdisciplinary talks by scholars and researchers on contemporary issues in China. The lectures are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Each lecture is recorded and made accessible to the entire Cornell community and public. The full-length lecture videos are archived on this website under the corresponding semester. 

To browse our playlist for lectures videos and highlights, please visit our Vimeo channel:, part of the East Asia Program video resources at

To browse videos on our Cornell Cast playlist (CCCI Contemporary China Lectures):



SPRING 2017 Lecture Series

FEBRUARY 13: Mary Lovely (Syracuse University)

FEBRUARY 27: Yiyun Li (UC Davis)

MARCH 6: Tami Blumenfield (Furman University)

MARCH 13: Roselyn Hsueh (Temple University)

MARCH 20: Jessica Chen Weiss (Cornell University)

MARCH 27: Mary Ann O'Donnell (Shenzhen-based artist & enthnographer)

APRIL 10: Wendy Su (UC Riverside)

APRIL 17: Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)

FALL 2016 Lecture Series

SEPTEMBER 19: Matthew Erie (University of Oxford)

SEPTEMBER 26: Darrin Magee (Hobart & William Smith Colleges)

OCTOBER 3: Angela Zito (New York University)

OCTOBER 17: Robert Weller (Boston University)

OCTOBER 24: Liu Zhi (Peking University)

OCTOBER 31: Ruixue Jia (UCSD)

NOVEMBER 7: Wenguang Wu & The Memory Project filmmakers (Caochangdi Workstation in Beijing)

NOVEMBER 14: Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell University)

NOVEMBER 21:Shanjun Li (Cornell University)

SPRING 2016 Lecture Series

FEBRUARY 8: Yongheng Deng (National University of Singapore)

FEBRUARY 22: Zachary Howlett (Cornell University)

FEBRUARY 29: Bai Gao (Duke University)

MARCH 7: Leta Hong Fincher (Chinese University of Hong Kong; Columbia University)

MARCH 14: Timothy Oakes (University of Colorado at Boulder)

MARCH 21: Alex Wang (UCLA)

APRIL 4: Yujie Zhu (Australian National University)

APRIL 11: Wu Man (Pipa player and composer)

APRIL 19: Suzanne Scoggins (Stanford University)

APRIL 25: Philip Tinari (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing)

FALL 2015 Lecture Series

SEPTEMBER 14: Sida Liu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

SEPTEMBER 21: Yu Zhou (Vassar College)

SEPTEMBER 28: Sebastian Veg (School of Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Paris)

OCTOBER 5: Maria Repnikova (University of Pennsylvania)

OCTOBER 19: Annetta Fotopoulos (Cornell University)

OCTOBER 26: Michael Meyer (University of Pittsburgh)

NOVEMBER 2: Nick Admussen (Cornell University)

NOVEMBER 9: Aminda Smith (Michigan State University)

NOVEMBER 16: Basile Zimmermann (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

SPRING 2015 Lecture Series

FEBRUARY 23: Tiantian Zheng (SUNY Cortland)

MARCH 2: Carlos Rojas (Duke University)

MARCH 9: Oliver Gao (Cornell University)

MARCH 16: John Yasuda (Univerity of Pennsylvania)

MARCH 23: Karl Gerth (UCSD)

APRIL 6: Christian Sorace (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

APRIL 13: Anne Marie Brady (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

APRIL 20: Paola Iovene (University of Chicago)

APRIL 27: Victor Nee (Cornell University)