Past Event

Symposium 2016 Beijing Summer Boot Camp

August 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Symposium 2016 Beijing Summer Boot Camp will be held from August 8 to August 14, which is organized by students from Columbia University, and supported by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. The Camp will provide the following sessions:

  • Discussion Session: Symposium will facilitate seminar discussions around Western classical texts in comparison with Eastern classical texts.

  • Workshop Session: The workshops will introduce a wide array of skillsets to the students, including writing, public speaking, and more.

  • Outing Events: Participants will take advantage of the rich cultural resources in Beijing and attend cultural events including plays, movies, and exhibitions that will enable them to reflect on the classical texts in a contemporary context.

Student organiser preparing the reading material


      August 8 to August 14

  • 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.: Discussion

  • 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.:  Lunch Break

  • 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.:   Workshop

  • 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.:   Outing Events


The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University (ESBNU)

No.14, Erlong Road, XiCheng District, Beijing, P.R. China

Contact Information:

Please send emails to the below for more information:

  • Symposium Wechat: symposiumchina(会饮沙龙)

  • Jiaqi Qian, Student Organizer, [email protected]

  • Helena Xiao, Program Manager, [email protected]

  • Office line: 010-82483997  

Group Photo

Symposium is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote cross-cultural reading of classical humanities texts through seminar discussions. Founded by Columbia students in 2013, Symposium organizes humanities seminars based on Literature Humanities, one of the central pillars of the Core Curriculum of Columbia University. The program aims to cultivate critical thinking skills and cultural sensitivity among participants and create a platform of intellectual exchange.

Professor Rachel Chung, Director of Columbia University Committee on Asia and Middle East (UCAME) serves as Symposium’s academic advisor. Symposium has worked closely with Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, as well as other non-profit partners in the past, including H-LAB in Japan and Peer Experience Exchange Rostrum in China.