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April 19, 2006 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago undergraduates welcome international scholars and diplomats for China conference

What/Who: “China and the Future of the World.”

The Chicago Society is hosting this two-day symposium on the future of China’s politics, society, economics and foreign policy. Keynote speakers are Christopher Hill, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Peter Rodman, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Merle Goldman, professor emerita of history at Boston University; and Wang Guangya, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations.

When: 6 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 and 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Where: International House 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago

Background: Chicago Society members hope to improve the understanding of modern-day China and its relationship with the U.S. Four panels will be held over the two-day conference, with 20 guest moderators and speakers. Those include John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science; James Lilley, former U.S. Ambassador to China and current Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Mark Kirk, U.S. Congressman and Co-Chair of the House U.S.-China Working Group; and Wu Jianmin, President of China Foreign Affairs University and former Chinese Ambassador to France, who is one of three guests coming from China.

University students, staff and faculty will be admitted free of charge. Advanced registration is $15 for alumni and $20 for the general public. Seating is limited. Simultaneous translation will be available. The conference schedule and registration information are available on Chicago Society’s web page at
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