Weatherhead Forum in Beijing

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

This forum is a collaborative effort with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) at Columbia University, aiming to promote Columbia faculty's influence in the local academic community and facilitate dialogue with Chinese scholars and students.

In October 2011, the WEAI, our Center, and Renmin University the first time co-hosted WEAI faculty in Beijing for a three-part lecture series titled "China and Its Neighbors: From Pyongyang to Kabul". The lectures were presented by three experts on international studies from Columbia University:  Professors Charles Armstrong, Morris Rossabi, and Elizabeth Wishnick. Each lecture attracted more than 70 professors, research fellows, students, reporters, and senior business executives in Beijing.

Over the summer of 2012, the Center continued to organize the Weatheadhead Forum in Beijing in partnership with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI). On June 21, 2012, the Center hosted a public lecture featuring Dr. Edwin Winckler's “American Democracy: Transformative Processes.” The event attracted scores of students and scholars from local universities and institutes. On June 26, the Center also co-hosted a panel discussion titled "Environment and Urbanization in China," featuring Columbia Professor Guobin Yang and four renowned speakers. These four experts shared their opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics including public health, environment pollution, the duty of government and public monitoring, new media empowerment, and the rapid demise of China's bodies of water.

The Center will continue to co-organize the Weatherhead Forum in Beijing to connect with Columbia alumni and friends in China and to forge closer ties in the region.

Speakers from 2011 to 2013

  • Charles K. Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research; The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, Columbia University.
  • Jennifer Holdaway, Program Director, China Environment and Health Initiative, Social Science Research Council
  • Bo Li, Board of Director - Program Advisor to Friends of Nature
  • Morris Rossabi, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York; Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Mongolian History, Columbia University
  • Zengzhi Shi, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Executive Director of Center for Civil Society Studies, Peking University
  • Yongchen Wang, Senior Environment Reporter, China National Radio; Founder, Green Earth Volunteers
  • Edwin A. Winckler, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. View Dr. Winckler's blog on American Politics
  • Elizabeth Wishnick, Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Law, Montclair State University.
  • Xiaodan Zhang, Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Associate Professor, York College, CUNY
  • Xiaobo Lü, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College; Founding Director, Columbia Global Centers | East Asia

Forums in 2013

Forums in 2012

Forums in 2011

  • China and North Korea: Anatomy of a Relationship
  • Sino-Mongol Relations
  • China's Afghanistan Policy and Implications for U.S.-China-Afghanistan Relations