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Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

About Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

To create a forum for scholars, researchers and students with interests in any aspect of contemporary China, the East Asia Program launched the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative. In response to widely expressed needs and interests related to contemporary China across and beyond Cornell campus, CCCI invites excellent speakers to the university to give talks on an array of interdisciplinary issues about contemporary Chinese economy, politics and society. So far, CCCI has invited over 50 notable academics and public intellectuals to Cornell as part of its lecture series. With diverse professional backgrounds including professors, lawyers, journalists, authors and musicians, these speaker offer unique perspectives on the study of China today. CCCI expands EAP’s intellectual engagement with a wide range of Cornell faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, including those in the professional schools and STEM fields, in an active endeavor to reach across colleges and disciplinary boundaries and interact with a broader constituency at the university. 

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Inaugural Event: Professor Sherman Cochran (Hu Shih Professor Emeritus of Chinese History) gave a lecture, "The Greatest Cornellian: Hu Shih, Class of 1914," on November 20, 2014 at the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium in Milstein Hall. Read about it in this Cornell Chronicle article.

Contemporary China Lecture Series: The weekly lecture series is the cornerstone of CCCI. It features interdisciplinary talks by scholars and public intellectuals on contemporary issues in China. These talks are recorded and selections made available to the entire Cornell community and public on Vimeo: Cornell East Asia Program.

One-credit Course: This one-credit undergraduate course serves to complement the lecture series by requiring students to attend several foundation-setting lectures by the instructor, and then attend the weekly talks and write short assignments. The course allows students to further engage with the themes covered each week.

Student Symposium: CCCI hosts an annual student symposium as a platform for students to present their research on contemporary China to an engaged audience of faculty and fellow students.

Conference in China: CCCI will host a series of conferences in different cities across China, taking urbanization and the city as our point of departure to address issues related to rural transformation, urban planning, sustainable development, and technology and infrastructure. The goal is to create networks of potential collaborators and foster long-term research cooperation.

New Undergraduate Courses on Contemporary China: The Initiative is currently assessing students' needs and interests related to China and is systematically developing new courses on contemporary China. Over the next several years, EAP has plans to encourage its faculty through the course development fund to develop a dozen more courses that would address a broad range of topics relevant to contemporary China.

CCCI Resource Center: CCCI cultivates an online presence to archive the video recordings of the talks and selected articles and supplementary materials provided by the series speakers.