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The Pros and Cons of US Universities Operating Campuses and Centers in Authoritarian Countries

October 24, 2019




Join us for our 13th Public Voices event on the pros and cons of US universities opening campuses and centers in countries with authoritarian regimes.   


Monday, December 2, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 PM

The New School

Theresa Lang Center

Room I-202

55 W. 13th Street

New York, NY 10011




Teng Biao, Grove Human Rights Scholar, Hunter College, City University of New York; President, China Against the Death Penalty


Eli Friedman, Associate Professor of International and Comparative Labor, Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University, and Member of Cornell China Center Faculty Advisory Committee


Carol Kim, Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships, The New School


William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies; Chairman, Harvard China Fund, Harvard University


Pericles Lewis, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy; Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University; founding President, Yale-National University of Singapore


Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University


Catharine Stimpson, University Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University; affiliated faculty member, NYU Abu Dhabi




Jonathan Fanton, former President, The New School, MacArthur Foundation, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations; former Executive Director, Human Rights Watch


Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs






Dr. Teng Biao is an academic lawyer and a human rights activist. He was formerly a Lecturer at the China University of Political Science and Law, a visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2003, Teng has provided counsel in numerous human rights cases, including those of rural rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, rights defender Hu Jia, the religious freedom case of Falungong, and numerous death penalty cases. He co-founded the “Open Constitution Initiative” (Gongmeng) and is also the founder and President of China Against the Death Penalty. His research interests include human rights, Constitutionalism, criminal justice, legal theory, democratic theory, transitional justice and social movements.


Dr. Jonathan Fanton is the President Emeritus of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he served as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow and Interim Director at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.  He previously was President of The MacArthur Foundation from 1999-2009 and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research. Dr. Fanton has authored several books, including Foundations and Civil Society, Volumes I and II (2008) and The University and Civil Society, Volumes I and II (1995, 2002). He is also co-editor of John Brown: Great Lives Observed (1973) and The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age (1991). He is now a Fellow at Hunter College and The New School for Social Research.


Eli Friedman is Associate Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School, Cornell University. His primary areas of interest are China, development, education, social movements, urbanization, and work and labor. He is also director of ILR's International Programs, which overseas the school's international activities, and a member of the university-level ethics of engagement committee in Cornell's International Council.


Carol Kim is Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships at The New School after previously serving The New School as vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management. In her current role, Carol is charged with leading the strategic direction of the University's global growth and establishing a branch-campus in China. 


William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Professor Kirby serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. At Harvard he has served as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Chairman of the History Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His current projects include case studies of trend-setting Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States. His most recent book is Can China Lead? (Harvard Business Review Press).


Pericles Lewis, Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English, serves as Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy at Yale University. His primary responsibility is to enhance Yale’s international presence as a leader in liberal arts education and a world-class research institution. From 2012 to 2017, Professor Lewis served as founding president of Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between Yale and the National University of Singapore. He oversaw the articulation of the college’s mission, the development of its curriculum, and the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff. 


Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). From 2012-2017, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po. Author of seven books, including his most recent, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), Neier has also contributed chapters to more than 20 books.


Kenneth Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Prewitt's professional career also includes: Director of the United States Census Bureau, Director of the National Opinion Research Center, President of the Social Science Research Council, and Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Russell-Sage Foundation, and member of other professional associations, including the Council on Foreign Relations. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Southern Methodist University, a Distinguished Service Award from the New School for Social Research, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, the Charles E. Merriam Lifetime Career Award, American Political Science Association and a Lifetime National Associate of the NRC/NAS. He has authored or coauthored another half-dozen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. He is currently completing Counting the Races of America: Do We Still Need To? Do We Still Want To?


Denis Simon is Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, a Sino-U.S. joint venture based in the city of Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. He also is Professor of China Business and Technology at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Dr. Simon joined Duke Kunshan University from Arizona State University, where he had served as Senior Adviser to the President for China-related Strategic Initiatives, executive director of the University Design Institute, and Foundation Professor of Contemporary Chinese Affairs in the School of Politics and Global Studies. In 2006, he received the China National Friendship Award from former Premier Wen Jiabao, China’s highest form of recognition for a foreign expert. He also is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He both speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese. His most recent publication is a new book entitled, Innovation in China: Challenging the Global Science and Technology System (Polity, 2018) (Co-authored with Richard Appelbaum, Cong Cao, and et.al).


Catharine R. Stimpson is University Professor at New York University, Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, an affiliated member of the New York University Law School faculty, and for 8 years, an affiliated member of the NYU Abu Dhabi faculty. She is also Dean Emerita of the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science. Her most recent publication is Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, co-edited with Gilbert Herdt.  She is currently chair of the board of Scholars at Risk.


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