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US-China Forum 2020

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Watch the videos below to experiences the forum's many panel discussions and performances


Registration Begins


Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

Bala Srinivasan, Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, and Strategy; Chief International Officer; Deputy Provost, The University of Chicago


Opening Remarks

Robert J. Zimmer, President, The University of Chicago



ZHAO Jian, Consul General, Consulate of the People's Republic of China in Chicago 


The Art Approach

YANG Dongjiang, Professor; Director, Academic Committee; Associate Dean, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University; Vice Chairman, China National Interior Decoration Association, China Industrial Design Association; Member, Board of Directors, China Artists Association




Urban Inventory: Composing Soundscapes of Modern China

Julie Y. Chu, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College; Director of Graduate Studies, The University of Chicago
Jennifer Iverson, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, The University of Chicago
WANG Lu, David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music, Brown University 


Performance of Wang Lu's Urban Inventory

Ensemble Dal Niente


Urban Inventory: Composing Soundscapes of Modern China Q&A




Mel Chin and Geof Oppenheimer: A Conversation on Social Practice

Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum of Art; Lecturer, Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago
Mel Chin, Artist; MacArthur Fellow 2019
Geof Oppenheimer, Associate Professor of Practice & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago


Miao Ying: Reality Should Not Hold You Back

Bill Brown, Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, Department of English, Visual Arts and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, The University of Chicago
Patrick Jagoda, Professor, Department of English, Cinema and Media Studies, and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (Affiliate); Co-founder, Game Changer Chicago Design Lab; Co-founder, Transmedia Story Lab, The University of Chicago; Co-editor, Critical Inquiry 
MIAO Ying, Artist, Writer




Xu Bing: Making Meaning

Rachel DeWoskin, Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts, Department of English, Centers for East Asian Studies and Jewish Studies (Affiliate), The University of Chicago
Haun Saussy, University Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago 
XU Bing, Artist


Introduction by David Levin 

David Levin, Addie Clark Harding Professor in Germanic Studies, Cinema and Media Studies; Chair, Committee on Theater and Performance Studies; Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts, The University of Chicago 


Closing Keynote Address 

WU Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and the College, The University of Chicago; Adjunct Curator, Smart Museum of Art


Networking Reception

Location: Gidwitz Lobby


Parking Information:

Street Parking
Limited street parking is available around the Midway Plaisance and on campus.

Parking Garage
The preferred visitor parking garage is located at Drexel Avenue and 61st Street. The garage opens at 9:00 am on weekdays. The parking rate is $4 per hour.

Parking Lot
The parking lot at the corner of Drexel Avenue and 60th Street is free on weekends and after 4:00 pm on weekdays.