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Oct 5, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Seventeenth Huang Lian Memorial Lecture


Susan Shirk

Seventeenth Huang Lian Memorial Lecture

The Huang Lian Memorial Award and Lecture Series was established to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Huang Lian, a doctoral student from the People's Republic of China. He enrolled in the Economics Department at Stanford University in the fall of 1997 after completing a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of the People's Bank of China. Talented and diligent, Huang Lian came to the United States to seek higher professional training, and planned a career in China working on economic policy. In June 1999, he died in a tragic accident.

The seventeenth Huang Lian Memorial Lecture will be held on October 5, 2017. Please join us for a reception, followed by a lecture by Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Shirk will speak on "The Failure of Political Institutionalization in China."


Speaker's Bio

Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California - San Diego. She is also director emeritus of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). Susan Shirk first visited China in 1971 and has been teaching, researching and engaging China diplomatically ever since. 

From 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a Track 1.5 forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and North Korea.

Shirk's publications include her books, China:  Fragile Superpower; How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China; and her edited book, Changing Media, Changing China.   

She co-chaired a task force of China experts, “US Policy Toward China: Recommendations for a New Administration,” that issued its report in February 2017. In 2015, the UC-San Diego chancellor awarded Susan Shirk the Revelle Medal for extraordinary service to the campus.   The Girl Scouts named her one of San Diego’s “Cool Women” in 2016.   

Dr. Shirk received her BA in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, her MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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