Harvard Asia Center 20th Anniversary

Date: 

Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:30am to 6:30pm

Location: 

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Harvard Asia Center 20th Anniversary; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute and other Asia-related centers

 

Harvard Asia Center 20th Anniversary logo

This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Harvard Asia Center. To celebrate, the Center will be hosting a day of talks and panels on Friday, April 13, featuring students, current and former Asia Center directors, and other distinguished speakers who have been instrumental in the work of the Asia Center. The event will be capped by a keynote address delivered by the Honorable Kevin Rudd.

The formal agenda for the event is as follows:

9:30 a.m.    Coffee

9:45 a.m.    Welcome by Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

10:00 a.m.    Introduction by Vice Provost Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University; Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History

10:15 a.m.    Remarks by Professor Rema Hanna, Chair, Asia Center Southeast Asia Committee; Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

10:30 a.m.    A Dialogue with the Asia Center’s former Directors and Acting Directors on the Changing and Enduring Issues in Asia

Ezra Vogel, Asia Center Director 1997-1999; Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University

William  Kirby, Asia Center Director 1999-2002; Chair, Harvard China Fund; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Dwight Perkins, Asia Center Director 2002-2005; Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, Harvard University

Anthony Saich, Asia Center Director 2005-2008; Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Arthur Kleinman, Asia Center Director 2008-2016; Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Michael Puett, Asia Center Acting Director Spring Term 2013; Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, Harvard University

Andrew Gordon, Asia Center Acting Director 2016-2017; Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

Moderator:  Professor Meg Rithmire,  F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration, Harvard Business School

12:00 p.m.        Lunch
                          S030, Lee Gathering Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South
 
1:00 p.m.          Remarks by Dean Claudine Gay, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University; Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies
 
1:15 p.m.          Study and Research in Asia:  The Student Perspective

Billy Brewster, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Renzo Guinto, T.H. Chan School of Public Health

H.H. Kang, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Neelam Khoja, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Veronika Kusumaryati, Department of Anthropology

Neeti Nayak, Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design

Melany Sun-Min Park, History and Theory of Architecture

Kyle Shernuk, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Justin Stern, Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning

Feng-en Tu, History and East Asian Languages

3:00 p.m.         Break
 
3:15 p.m.         Asia in the Next Two Decades: A Conversation with Current Harvard Asia-related Center Directors

Tarun Khanna, Director, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Sun Joo Kim, Director, Korea Institute; Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History, Harvard University

William Kirby, Chair, Harvard China Fund; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Susan Pharr, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics

Jay Rosengard, Acting Director, Asia Center Thai Studies Program; Asia Center Southeast Asia Committee; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Michael Szonyi, Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies; Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University

Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

4:45 p.m.      13th Annual Tsai Lecture

The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute; former Prime Minister of Australia (2007-2010, 2013) and former Foreign Minister (2010-2012)    

5:45 p.m.         Concluding Remarks/Reception