February 22, 2011

Veteran Journalist to Discuss Current and Future China-U.S. Relations

Orville Schell
Orville Schell

How does the United States’ role change as China rises to one of the world’s foremost powers? Author and journalist Orville Schell will discuss how China’s economic rise is influencing U.S. and China relations and the global balance of political and military power during his free, public talk, “China’s Rise and Its Impact on Almost Everything,” sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. The program begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Wolstein Auditorium.

As the director of the Asia Society’s New York-based Center on U.S.-China Relations, Schell leads programs on the environment, media and foreign policy reforms in order to promote U.S.-China dialogues rooted in a mutual respect toward one another’s cultural and political traditions and values, 

The expert on China and Tibet will provide insights into China’s rise and how the United States’ response to it will have worldwide ramifications. He contends that a possible, well-guided co-operation between China and the U.S. will have a tremendous positive economic and environmental impact on the world.

In a Newsweek article he wrote: “What happens next will depend in large part on how Washington leads. China and the United States could easily become antagonistic. But things could unfold much more positively—if leaders on both sides recognize how many interests they share.”

Schell is also the former dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and is currently a Fellow at the Weatherhead Institute of Asian Studies at Columbia University.

His work has received several recognitions including the Overseas Press Club of America Award, Page One Award and the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford and Harvard Universities for best coverage of Asia.

In his talk, Schell will draw from his vast experiences as a veteran journalist, who has reported for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Yorker, TIME, Wired and Foreign Affairs and contributed on topics related to China for PBS, NBC and CBS, where he won an Emmy Award for a 60 Minutes program.

He is also a prolific author of 15 books, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven, Discos and Democracy and the five-volume China Reader.

Schell’s visit contributes to the Baker-Nord Center’s yearlong dialogue on “Globalism and its Origin” and how the exchange of arts and ideas over time is central to the process of globalism as a multicultural, worldwide phenomenon.

Registration is recommended by visiting case.edu/humanities. For information, contact Maggie Kaminski at the Baker-Nord Center at 216.368.2242 or maggie.kaminski@case.edu.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, February 22, 2011 09:45 AM | News Topics:

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