Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

On May 12, 2011, I presented a talk entitled “Holding Intercultural, International, Interdisciplinary Dialogues” to the Institute of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing, China.

My sincere thanks to Prof. JIANG Fei, Director of the Department of Communication, and also Director of the Center for World Media Studies, both housed within the Institute, not only for organizing this talk, but also for connecting me to his colleagues across China. This series of lectures would never have happened without his introductions. And he is the one who first encouraged me to visit China, when we met several years ago.

This talk was particularly well-attended by not only Prof Jiang’s colleagues at his Center (including: Dr. WANG Feng-Xiang, Dr. ZHANG Dan, and Dr. XIE Ming), and many of their graduate students, but also by faculty and graduate students from a variety of other institutions, and reporters as well. I look forward to continued contact with many of them.

As my talk at CASS was part of a regular salon, the following photo documents the gong ceremony used to start all the salons.

I also thank FENG Jiawei, the graduate student who served as guide and translator. And most particularly, HUANG Kuo, Prof Jiang’s wife, who also served as guide and translator on several occasions. Because we spent a little more time in Beijing than some of the other cities, we not only tasted local specialties (including the famous Beijing roast duck), but got to spend one day exploring the Summer Palace, and another walking part of the Great Wall.

Huang Kuo, Prof Jiang Fei
Huang Kuo, Prof Jiang Fei

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue