February 2016
  • Programs and Events

Public Lecture on Smartphone and China Industry Shift

On Nov.5, 2015, Beijing Center hosted a speech by Dr. Clay Shirky, associate professor at NYU Shanghai and author of several books including the newly released Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream from publisher Columbia Global Report, on the topic of Xiaomi and the shift from products to services. The speech was followed by a discussion facilitated by Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s Director of International Communications. 

Public Lecture on American Foreign Policy

On Nov.5, 2015, Stephen Sestanovich, Professor of International Diplomacy and Director of the International Fellows Program at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University gave a public talk named America's Foreign Policy Debate: What It Means for China based on his book Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama. The talk was moderated by Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters' North Asia Specialist Correspondent, at Bookworm in the Eastern Beijing.

Themed Event on Filming and Cinema

From Jan.6 to Jan.12, Beijing Center co-designed and organized a series of themed events on “On the Margins of American Cinema” by Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in the Film Department at Columbia University and the former Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The themed events were comprised of seven panel discussions, seminars, and public talks in seven days, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Institute of Latin American of CASS, Communication University of China, and Alibaba Pictures Group respectively. Top academics and practitioners were invited to join and share opinions. Over 400 people were attracted to participate. 

Panel discussion on Jan.6: International Film Business Dialogue

Seminar on Jan.8: The Birth, Death and Re-Birth of Latin American Cinema at the Institute of Latin America Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Seminar on Jan.11: American Avant-Garde Cinema in Communication University of China(CUC)

Seminar on Jan.9: An American Neo-Realism? The Case of The Salt of the Earth in Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Seminar on Jan.11: American Avant-Garde Cinema at Beijing American Center of the U.S. Embassy

  • Student Engagement

GYM Student Workshop

Dec. 4, 2015, Beijing Center held another round of Graduate Students and Young Scholars Meeting (GYM) Workshop and Happy Hour, co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. In the workshop session, three Ph.D. students (including one from Columbia-Lei Lei, Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature) shared their current research topics and findings. The workshop was moderated by John Chen, Ph.D. student in history at Columbia University.

Lunar New Year Gathering with College students

Beijing Center sent invitations in Jan 2016 to all Columbia College students who are doing research or programs in Beijing to have an informal gathering for celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year. Manuela Valeira Dossantos, majoring in human rights and currently participating CIEE- Chinese Language and Society program in Beijing, was able to make it on Feb 3nd, and shared valuable thoughts and suggestions on the Center's further efforts in student engagement.
  • Alumni Engagement

Meetings with Alumni


Since November 2015, Beijing Center has actively reached out to alumni, done a round of feedback surveys, and collected their suggestion for better improvement of the Center's role on providing values to them.
  • Regional Community Engagement 

Peer University Learning

Beijing Center visited Yale Beijing Center, Upenn Wharton Center, Stanford Center at Peking University, University of Chicago Beijing Center, and others to learn from peers about best operation models and experiences.

Communications Campaign 

Beijing Center has been conducting a communications campaign since November 2015 for effectively engaging local audiences. Through localizing all Columbia material and promoting them through regional media platforms, we have had over 2000 new followers in total in less than four months. One of our event flyers forwarded by a well-known host in China was read 400,000 times in 4 hours.
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