Lectures and Symposia

Looking for a better grasp on the political, cultural, and economic changes that are occurring in China today? Throughout the year, Pace CI holds talks and discussions on Chinese culture.  Past lectures have focused on such topics as The Impact of 9/11 on Manhattan's Chinatown, Confucius and Confucianism in the Modern World, Approaches to Child-rearing, the Challenges of Asian-American Business Professionals, Chinese Artists in New York, and Growing up Chinese in America.


April 19, 2018
“Ancient Chinese Wisdom for a Successful Modern Life”
Prof. Li Bo, Nanjing Normal University
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Schwartz Theatre, SUNY College of Optometry, 33 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Free for Renwen Society members and Pace affiliates; $5 for the general public

What is troubling you? What is holding you back? What is standing between you and the very success you desire and deserve? What are the nagging snags that lie on your path to fulfillment? What do you need to build loving, rewarding relationships with your dearest and nearest and with your friends and colleagues? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in the time-honored Chinese cultural and philosophical heritage. It is a gold mine of sublime wisdom, a treasure-trove of what gives Chinese civilization its inimitable charm. This lecture by Prof. Li Bo of Nanjing Normal University and a popular TV personality, invites you to a journey of exploration, and a journey back home. This event is held jointly with the Renwen Society of the China Institute.

This Lecture will be conducted in Chinese, with no interpretation.

Speaker: 郦波





Registration at https://www.chinainstitute.org/event/lecture-ancient-chinese-wisdom-succ...

April 20, 2018
"Contemporary Women Artists in China"
Michelle Vosper
12:10pm - 1:10pm
CI Conference Room

Vosper is a writer who has devoted her professional career to bringing together artists from opposite sides of the world. For 30 years she lived in Hong Kong where she directed the regional office of the Asian Cultural Council, an American foundation which supports Asian specialists in the visual and performing arts for research and study in the United States.

She is the editor of “Creating Across Cultures,” a collection of stories about sixteen of the most accomplished women working in the arts in Greater China today. Spanning three generations, they hail from a region of rich cultural, historical and linguistic diversity where they had to defy social expectations in order to heed their artistic drive. Unique voices in the literary, visual and performing arts, these extraordinary artists can serve as inspiring role models for young women struggling to survive in careers in the arts.

“Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of the arts, politics and female empowerment in the Chinese-speaking world.”

--- David Henry Hwang, Award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly and Chinglish

May 4, 2018
"Cross-Cultural Communication"
Prof. Zhang Shengzhen, Nanjing Normal University
12:10pm - 1:10pm
CI Conference Room

May 11, 2018
“Harbin, Manchuria (Heilangjiang) - The Russian City in China, 1900-1950”
Liliane Willens, Ph.D.
10:30am - 11:50am
Lecture Hall W613, 1 Pace Plaza

Liliane Willens was born of Russian Jewish parents in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French lycée. Her parents, she and her siblings – all stateless – experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, the bombing by American planes and the return of the Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek) government and subsequent Chinese civil war. Because of difficulties to obtain a US immigration visa, Liliane lived two years under the newly established People’s Republic of China.