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The Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies

Dr. Paul and Mary Ho

The Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies aims to extend and deepen understanding of China in the University community and among the general public. The lecture was endowed in 2006 by University of Texas faculty members Dr. Paul Ho and Mrs. Mary Ho. The lecture frequently explores  China's historical, cultural, or social connection or contribution to the Institute's current theme. The China Studies faculty works with the Institute to identify prominent and exciting lecturers in the field of China Studies.

Dr. Paul S. Ho holds a Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Materials Science and Engineering and is the Director of the Laboratory for Interconnect and Packaging at the University of Texas. He received his Ph.D. in Physics  from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966, and he joined the UT faculty in 1991. Mrs. Mary Ho is a Chinese language specialist and former lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies.

Our Spring 2017 Ho Lecture in China Studies featured Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker and Fellow and the Brookings Institute. Using his years of experience as The New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos shared his 360-degree perspective of the most talked about country in the world.

Past lecturers include Eugenia Lea, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Lisa Rofel, Jing Wang, Andrew Nathan, Eric Mueggler, and Gail Hershatter. Topics have ranged from gender and labor, imperialism and borderlands to human rights, social media, and political economy. 

Past Lectures

February 18, 2015: Eugenia Lean, "Fabricating the Future: Coastal Cuttlefish, Magnesium Carbonate, and a Strong Dose of Vernacular Industrialism in Early Twentieth-century China"

September 12, 2013: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, "Public Speech and Private Dreams in a Fast Changing China, 1987 to 2012"

February 20, 2012: Lisa Rofel, "The 21st Century Silk Road Between China and Italy"

April 15, 2010: Jing Wang, "NGO 2.0: An Experiment with Social Media in China"

October 29, 2008: Andrew Nathan, "China’s Challenge to Human Rights: Repression at Home and ’Peaceful Rising’ Abroad"

February 6, 2008: Erik Mueggler, "A World of Slobber and Slime: British Imperial Botany, Technology, and Bewilderment in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands"

October 25, 2016: Gail Hershatter, "The Gender of Memory: Rural Women, Labor, and Collectivization in Early Socialist China"

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