US-China Forum 2017

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Event Description: 

This was the third US-China Forum hosted by the University of Chicago and co-sponsored by the China-US Exchange Foundation. For this year's forum, we invited scholars, policymakers, and private-sector innovators to examine the way in which innovations in "rural" and "urban" settings are shaping our political, cultural, and economic dialogues. While scholars point to global urbanization as a leading force for social, environmental, and economic change in the coming century, less is known about how rural areas are experiencing similar disruption. Through a series of panel discussions among scholars and practitioners, the conference illuminated how innovations in technology, communication, commerce, and entrepreneurship are dissolving the boundaries between the urban and the rural. We ended by exploring how this dissolution, as well as the disproportionate powers of urban and rural actors, affect industry, civil society, and inevitably, international relations.


Event Highlights:


Watch the first panel about Bilateral Relations in the Trump/XI Era:


Event Details

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Times: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637



9:00am     Refreshments

9:30am   Opening Welcome

Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

9:35am   Remarks

Provost Daniel Diermeier, University of Chicago
Consul General Hong Lei, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago

9:45am   Session 1 | Bilateral Relations in the Trump/XI Era

Steve Edwards, Vice President and Chief Content Officer, WBEZ
Professor Cui Liru, Senior Advisor and Former President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICR)
David Rank, Former Chargé d'Affaires (Acting Ambassador), US Embassy in Beijing

11:20am  Break

11:30am  Session 2 | Entrepreneurship and the Urban/Rural Continuum

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor and Academic Director for University-wide Entrepreneurship Content,
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Charlie Catlett, Director, UChicago Urban Center for Computation and Data, University of Chicago
Senior Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Vince Chan, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Creta Ventures
Founder, Kaliber School
Stonly Baptiste, Co-Founder and Partner, Urban US

12:30pm  Lunch

1:45pm    Session 3 | Built Environment and the Urban/Rural Continuum

Anne Dodge, Executive Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago
Professor Annette Kim, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab, University of Southern California
Professor Phil Enquist, Fellow, American Institute of Architects
Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Chris Webster, Dean Faculty of Architecture; Chair Professor in Urban Planning and Development Economics, University of Hong Kong

3:00pm    Break

3:15pm    Session 4 | Opportunity and Social Standing on the Urban/Rural Continuum

Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago
Dali Yang, William Claude Reavis Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
John Eason, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University
Chang-Tai Hsieh, Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

4:45pm    Closing Remarks

Balaji Srinivasan, Vice President, Global Initiatives and Strategy; Senior Associate Provost, University of Chicago

5:00pm    Reception