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Past Events

  • Center for Ancient Studies lecture by Guolong Lai "Preservation and Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Modern China"

    Penn Museum Widener Hall

    In this talk, Dr. Lai explores the dialectical relationship between iconoclasm and the destruction and preservation of cultural heritage over the course of China’s turbulent twentieth century. Modern ideas about heritage conservation were introduced into China from the West, taking the form of modernizing projects carried out by the governments and the social elites. In fact, the very notion of a national heritage emerged with modernity, and modernity compelled changes in how cultural heritage was conceived and conserved.

  • ICEA Colloquium: Prasenjit Duara - "Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia"

    CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

    The crisis of global modernity has been produced by human overreach that was founded upon a paradigm of national modernization. Today, three global changes: the rise of non-western powers, the crisis of environmental sustainability and the loss of authoritative sources of transcendence – the ideals, principles and ethics once found in religions -- define our condition.  The physical salvation of the world is becoming the transcendent goal of our times, transcending national sovereignty. The foundations of sovereignty can no longer be sought in tunnelled histories of nations; we are recognizing that histories have always been circulatory and the planet is a collective responsibility.

  • Japanese Monster Movies Series: The Great Yokai War

    Williams Hall Room 220

    Film screening of Miike Takeshi's 2005 film --Ancient monsters respond to a resurrected overlord...

  • Penn Wharton China Center Student Engagement Conference

    Huntsman Hall G06

    In response to interest and requests from various student groups, we will be holding the first-ever PWCC Student Engagement Conference on campus in Philadelphia for Chinese students, as well as U.S. and international students with connections or interests in China.

    The purpose of the event is to share experience and information with Penn and Wharton students, build community and connections, encourage collaboration, and enhance awareness of our resources on campus and at PWCC in China.

  • CSCC Speaker Series: Ling Chen, “Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China”

    Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, Rm 100, 133 S. 36th St.

    Although China is a global manufacturing titan, the "made in China" model has begun to wane. Starting in the 2000s, China shifted from attracting foreign investment to promoting domestic firms. This shift led city bureaucrats to compete for funding and tax breaks to benefit their business clients. While bureaucrats in some cities successfully motivated local businesses to upgrade, others deprived businesses of their developmental space. With 18 months of in-depth interviews, original surveys, and quantitative data, Chen argues that this regional variation is rooted in how foreign firms strengthened or weakened vested interest coalitions and the historical patterns of local capitalism.

  • Japanese Monster Movies Series: Gamera, Guardian of the Universe

    Williams Hall Room 220

    Film screening of Kaneko Shusuke's 1995 film -- a giant turtle saves the world from huge flesh-eating bats

  • (CANCELLED) CSCC Speaker Series: Yao Lu, “Migration, Social Institutions, and Popular Resistance in Rural China”

    CSCC Conference Room (Perelman 418 - 133 S. 36th St)

    How does migration shape collective resistance in migrant-sending communities (rural China)? This study integrates perspectives from social movements and migration to develop a framework in which migration simultaneously influences the cognitive and social foundation of collective action. The study draws on several data sources: a longitudinal rural survey, in-depth interviews, and a case study. Results show that migrants act as a vehicle of political diffusion and spur collective resistance in rural China, but the role of migration differs by the form and scale of collective action and is conditioned by local social institutions.

  • Japanese Monster Movies Series: Nausica of the Valley of the Winds

    Williams Hall 220

    Film screening of Hayao Miyazaki's 1985 animated film depicting giant insects and poisonous mold that threatens a village

  • Japanese Monster Movies Series: Return of Godzilla

    Williams Hall 220

    Film screening of Hashimoto Koji's 1984 film with Godzilla attaching a power plant, submarines, and Tokyo.

  • 2018 China Town Hall: "US-China Relations: Can We Avoid Calamity?"

    Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, 133 36th St

    The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State and Former National Security Advisor; Douglas Spelman, Senior Advisor, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    Join communities across the United States in a national conversation on China. Featuring an interactive national webcast at 6pm with former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, followed by a talk & discussion with Douglas Spelmanon “U.S.-China Relations: Can We Avoid Calamity?”