The Unfolding Future

Emily Stokes-Rees, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, captured the hustle and bustle of a Hong Kong street during a summer exchange program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Emily Stokes-Rees, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, captured the hustle and bustle of a Hong Kong street during a summer exchange program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Given its status as a world power, China's internal development is a matter of global significance.  How China manages issues such as urbanization, environmental quality, economic equity, and political evolution will have crucial impacts on China’s future standing as a world leader and global partner.  Part of this theme also included the cross-discplinary program, “China through Prisms.” 

Event Highlights:

Beyond Competition?  China, Climate Change, Security and the Developing World
Organized by the Year of China, the Center for Environmental Studies, and the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University with co-sponsorship by the Watson Institute for International Studies, this intimate one-day workshop looked at how China will manage both rapid economic growth and attention to climate change. 

Brown’s Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) IMNI hosted a year-long series of scientific lectures from leading Chinese academicians engaged at the forefront of nanoscience and nanotechnology.  The field of nanoscience deals with the systematic assembly of atoms and molecules into collective structures with new and superior properties and emergent behaviors.   Both China and the US are investing heavily in this area, because it is believed to hold the key to the development of a next generation of fast, strong, and smart components and devices for computing, energy, environment, and health care.  

Confucianism and Human Rights Workshop

Doing Business in China: Perspectives from Brown Alumni
The Year of China and the C.V. Starr Program in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship sponsored three days of events, "Doing Business in China: Perspectives from Brown Alumni."

"China and Latin America," with Ricardo Lagos

Emerging China's Publishing Soft Power: Trends, Challenges, and Strategies for Academia
Dr. Li Wang of Brown University Library discussed China’s booming publishing industry has dramatically increased Chinese scholarly resources during the last decade. China now produces more books than any other country. The growth of the publishing enterprise is a feature of China’s cultural influence and “soft power.” 

Romano Prodi: China and Europe in a Globalized World
We live a in a period of rapid economic and political transformation. The distribution of economic power in the world is moving away from the United States and Europe towards Asia and, especially, China. This shift is likely to mark the most important change for the world in the next decades.

Photo Credit: Emily Stokes-Rees