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China scholar and journalist will deliver Kenan lecture

Orville Schell

Orville Schell, director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations and a distinguished China scholar and journalist, will deliver the Kenan lecture on Wednesday, October 15, at 7: 30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

Schell’s address is titled “The U.S. and China: The Most Important Bilateral Relationship in the World.” The following day, Schell will meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss the topic “The U.S. and China’s Most Daunting Challenge: Climate Change.”

Schell is the author of 14 books, with 10 being on China. His undergraduate degree in Far Eastern history is from Harvard University, and he did graduate work in Chinese history at the University of California-Berkeley. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, and covered the war in Indochina as a journalist for such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic.

Schell has also been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Review of Books, Time, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, and Harper’s Magazine. Prior to his 2007 appointment with Asia Society, he was dean of the graduate school of journalism at the UC-Berkeley. Among his many honors is the Harvard/Stanford Shorenstein Award for Asian Journalism.

Asia Society, based in New York with offices in nine additional U.S. and foreign cities, is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States.

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