Global Seminar 2016

In the summer of 2016, 15 students took the PIIRS Global Seminar on Contemporary Chinese society, which was taught by Professor Yu Xie, the '66 Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology and PIIRS.  On site in Beijing, China, the students learned various aspects of contemporary China, including its educational system, economic and political developments, major societal changes in population, wealth, and marriage and family.  

Through in-class lectures and presentations and  field excursions to sites within Beijing and western and southern China, the seminar provided students with a substantive introduction to sociological perspectives of China.

Classes were held at Peking University and weekly excursions included visits to the Great Wall, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Tencent, and the Gobi Desert, among other places.

See the biography of the 2016 Global Seminar student cohort here.

students in china

With Calvin Yu, Hanseul Nam, Justin Yim, Teresa Tang, PJ Greenbaum, Taek Yoon Lee, Victoria Ou, Sarah Varghese, Julie Goldstein, and Zoe Chazen.

Jet Li

Jet Li - actor, producer, and philanthropist, speaking to students about his foundation