On the 100th anniversary of the world-changing philosopher and statesman’s graduation from Cornell, the East Asia Program initiated an annual distinguished lecture in his name. Leading scholars of Chinese and East Asian studies are invited to give a lecture on critical issues in their field of research.

See East Asia Program Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture.

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  • 2021-2022 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture: Tim Brook 

    Brook, Timothy (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2021-10-28)
    Timothy Brook, Professor of History, Department of History, The University of British Columbia - On October 28, 2021, Professor Brook gave the annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture titled "Government for the People: Troubling ...
  • 2019-2020 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture: Meir Shahar 

    Shahar, Meir (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2020-10-16)
    Meir Shahar, Shoul N. Eisenberg Chair for East Asian Affairs, Tel Aviv University - Our ancestors depended upon beasts of burden for a living. In the Chinese case this dependence was reflected in the religious sphere. ...
  • 2019-2020 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Dorothy Ko 

    Ko, Dorothy (2019-10-03)
    Dorothy Y. Ko, Professor of History, Department of History, Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College - Professor Ko gave the annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture on October 3, 2019. In this talk, ...
  • 2018-2019 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Victor Mair 

    Mair, Victor (2018-10-25)
    Victor Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania - On October 25, 2018, Professor Mair gave the annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture. ...
  • 2017-2018 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Steven Sangren 

    Sangren, Steven (2017-11-09)
    Steven Sangren, Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University - Professor Sangren gave the fourth annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture on November 9, 2017. Professor Sangren's talk follows the publication of his book "Filial ...
  • 2014-2015 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Benjamin Elman 

    Elman, Benjamin; Tong, Nguyet (2015-04)
    Inaugural Hu Shih Distinguish Lecture given by Professor Benjamin Elman (Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Princeton University) - "The Great Reversal: China, Korea, and Japan in the Early Modern World" April ...
  • 2015-2016 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Evelyn Rawski 

    Rawski, Evelyn; Tong, Nguyet (2015-10)
    Professor Evelyn Rawski (Distinguished University Professor, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh) - "Moving from Nation to Region: China in Northeast Asian History" October 1, 2015 In this lecture Professor ...
  • 2016-2017 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture - Francesca Bray 

    Bray, Francesca; Tong, Nguyet (2017-04)
    Professor Francesca Bray gave the 2016-2017 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture on April 20th, 2017, arguing the importance of embedding the history of technology into Chinese historiography in her speech, "Hail the Maintainers: ...


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