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2019 Penn China Research Symposium
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12:30 PM  Registration and Lunch

12:50 PM  Introduction

Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global and Penn China Initiatives

1:00 PM  Remarks from the Provost

Wendell Pritchett, University Provost

1:15 PM  Research Blitz: New China Research from Penn Faculty

Moderated by Scott Moore, China Program Director, Penn Global

This panel will highlight new and innovative China-related research conducted by Penn faculty. It will take the form of a “research blitz” where each presenter will deliver a short, 5-minute summary of research findings and implications, followed by a moderated Q&A.

2:00 PM  Theme Panel I: China and the Global Order

Moderated by Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global and Penn China Initiatives; featuring Avery Goldstein, David Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations and Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China; Jacques DeLisle, Stephen Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for East Asian Studies; Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics; Yue Hou, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Neysun Mahboubi, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China

There is a growing need to consider China’s vision for a new world order and the how those plans fit, compete and clash with other states’ visions, particularly that of the United States. To improve understanding of China’s regional and global objectives as well as how competition occurs in the global order, Penn will convene a range of scholars to discuss China’s long-term ambitions for the global order and what it is doing to shape and reshape security, economic, legal and cultural regimes. At a moment when some nations are pulling back from the international system, the panel will explore China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the emergence of possible alternatives to the western-led, post-war international system. In addition, the panelists will discuss reactions to China’s rise, particularly in the United States, and how it is influencing politics and trade.

Questions the panel may consider include:

  • Does China intend to fundamentally alter the post-1945 world order?
  • Is the western liberal order sustainable?
  • Will US-China trade tensions ebb in the near term, or grow worse?
  • Are the U.S. and Chinese economies headed for de-coupling?

3:00 PM  Theme Panel II: China and the Future of the Built Environment

Moderated by Eugenie Birch, Lawrence Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, featuring Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Professor of Architecture and Design; Chao Guo, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management; Mark Alan Hughes, Professor of Practice of Architecture and Founding Faculty Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy; and Zhongjie Lin, Associate Professor of Design

With over 300 million Chinese citizens expected to move from rural to urban areas by 2030, China is at the forefront of the global trend toward urbanization. Perhaps even more important, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which involves a series of infrastructure projects around the globe, will effectively export many of China’s urban development and infrastructure practices abroad. These linkages between China and the built environment have enormous implications for design, governance, and sustainability. To understand these implications, Penn will convene researchers from across schools and disciplines to highlight key issues and propose solutions that promote sustainable urban development both in China and the world at large.

Questions the panel may consider include:

  • What have been the successes and failures of China’s approach to urbanization?
  • What are the implications of the growth of the non-state sector for China’s cities, especially in terms of service delivery?
  • How can we make China’s urbanization sustainable, and ensure that China’s involvement in urban development abroad follows best practices in sustainable design?

4:00 PM  Theme Panel III: China, Technology, and Society

Moderated by Guobin Yang, Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology, featuring James Gee, Associate Professor of Radiologic Science; Michael Horowitz, Professor of Political Science; and Chris Yoo, John Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition

Chinese technologists are driving rapid advances in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.  With the Made in 2025 policy push, capital allocation, and huge investments in education, the Chinese technology ecosystem is emerging as a dynamic center for research and innovation, drawing attention from around the world.  To understand these implications for the United States, China, and the world at large, Penn will convene researchers from several disciplines to talk about the forces driving innovation in China and the impact of technological change on society.

Questions the panel may consider include:

  • Who is winning the artificial intelligence race?
  • Will current geopolitical tensions doom attempts to collaborate on advanced technology research in the U.S. and China?
  • What safeguards are needed to protect humanity from transformational technological advances, and does U.S. – China cooperation play a role?

5:00 PM   Next Steps for the China Research and Engagement Fund

Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

5:15 PM  Closing              

Scott Moore, China Program Director