US-China Forum 2017: Innovation on the Urban-Rural Continuum



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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; our understanding of ruralism is ripe for renewal.  Through a series of panel conversations 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 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
Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
University of Chicago
9:35am Remarks

Provost Daniel Diermeier
University of  Chicago

Consul General Hong Lei
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago

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

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

Moderator: Steve Edwards
Vice President and Chief Content Officer

11:20am Break  
11:30am Session 2 Entrepreneurship and the Urban/Rural Continuum

Charlie Catlett
Director, UChicago Urban Center for Computation and Data
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

Moderator: Professor Waverly Deutsch
Clinical Professor and Academic Director for University-wide Entrepreneurship Content
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

12:30pm Lunch  
1:45pm Session 3 Built Environment and the Urban/Rural Continuum

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

Professor Chris Webster
Dean, Faculty of Architecture
Chair Professor in Urban Planning and Development Economics
University of Hong Kong

Moderator: Anne Dodge
Executive Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
University of Chicago

3:00pm Break  
3:15pm Session 4 Opportunity and Social Standing on the Urban/Rural Continuum

Professor Dali Yang
William Claude Reavis Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago

Professor John Eason
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Texas A&M University

Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh
Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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

4:45pm Closing Remarks Balaji Srinivasan
Vice President, Global Initiatives and Strategy
Senior Associate Provost
University of Chicago
5:00pm Reception