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EVENT CANCELED: Meadow Brook Lecture: “China’s ambitions, America’s choice"

Meadow Brook lecture, China, America, choices, Chen Weiss,

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EVENT CANCELED: Meadow Brook Lecture 2019: “China’s ambitions, America’s choice”
keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss


The 2019 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place at historic Meadow Brook Hall in the ballroom.

“The Meadowbrook Lecture on International Affairs was first established in 2012 as an opportunity to bring world-renowned scholars to Oakland’s campus to discuss some of the most pressing issues in international affairs,” said Matthew Fails, Ph.D., associate professor of Political Science and coordinator of OU’s International Relations program. “These lectures have provided a unique opportunity for major thinkers to share their views with the OU community and as a vehicle for stimulating critical thinking about the world in which we live.”

Over the past seven years, OU has hosted tremendous scholars discussing critical issues like the risk of international conflict, how to protect vulnerable citizens in war zones, the roots of international financial crises, and whether economic sanctions can be effective ways to generate favorable foreign policy outcomes. This year’s speaker continues to fit the tradition of timely world discussions.

Professor Weiss will discuss China’s remarkable economic rise in recent decades. It is one of the most important developments in international affairs. But, there is growing evidence that China is at an important crossroads. Domestically, China has become more repressive and ideological. At the same time, China aspires to greater leadership on the world stage. Professor Weiss’ lecture will reflect on whether these domestic and international ambitions are compatible, and on how American choices can shape China’s prospects and the future of the international order.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP here.

About the speaker:

Jessica Chen Weiss, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Government at Cornell University. Professor Weiss studies China’s foreign relations, with a particular emphasis on nationalism, popular sentiment, and how domestic political factors influence China’s international behavior. She is the author of a number of books and articles on Chinese politics, and is an Editor at the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, which helps connect political scientists to broader political conversations, in order to bring timely, accessible, and sound knowledge to public debate.


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