College of Liberal Arts

Evan Osnos to Deliver Ho Distinguished Lecture on China and the “Age of Ambition”

Mon, Mar 6, 2017
Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos

Using his years of experience as the New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos will share his 360-degree perspective of the most talked about country in the world — China — at this year’s Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin.

Osnos’ lecture will begin at 7 p.m., March 8 in the Belo New Media Center Auditorium, following Osnos’ book signing event at 6 p.m. For more details, visit the Humanities Institute website.

For China, it is a time of transition and transformation. From the country’s thriving and evolving economy to the relationship between the Chinese government and its people to the perception of the nation around the globe, this lecture tracks China and its upward trajectory as global superpower and what that means for everyone.

New Yorker correspondent and National Book Award-winning author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, Osnos specializes in politics, foreign affairs and all things related to China. Based on his eight years living in Beijing, the book is a multi-layered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism.

Additionally, Osnos has written in-depth profiles and essays on many of America’s and China’s most influential cultural, political and business figures, including Vice President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping, artist and activist Ai Weiwei and President Donald Trump.

Turning his sights towards America, Osnos covered the 2016 presidential election, gun control in America, modern conservatism and the Flint Water Crisis. In 2003, he embedded himself with the U.S. Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. His piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.

Prior to The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.

A fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is a contributor on This American Life and Frontline and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, Morning Joe and Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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