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Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

About Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative is a forum that brings together scholars, researchers and students with sustained research interests in contemporary China. In response to widely expressed needs related to contemporary China across 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 75 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 speakers 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.


Prof. Jessica Weiss CCCI lecture spring 2017

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 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

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.

Linked coursesUndergraduate credit-bearing courses serve to complement the lecture series by making the CCCI lectures an integral part of their syllabus.  The lecture series expands on course topics through the deep expertise of invited guest speakers. 

Student Symposium: CCCI has hosted a 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 has hosted several conferences in 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.

Undergraduate Courses on Contemporary China: The Initiative assesses students' needs and interests related to China and has assisted faculty in developing new courses on contemporary China. Over the past several years, EAP has encouraged its faculty through a course development fund and collaborative programming to develop a dozen more courses that address a broad range of topics relevant to contemporary China.