Humanities Institute

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 to the Institute's current theme. The China Studies faculty works with the Institute to identify prominent and exciting lecturers in the field.

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 2019 Ho Lecture in China Studies will feature Anthropologist Judith Farquhar. Dr. Farquhar is Max Palevsky Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Chicago (Emeritus). From 2016-2019 she served as the faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Her talk is entitled, "Gathering Medicines: Plants and Powers in China’s Southern Mountains."

Past lecturers include Evan OsnosEugenia Lean, 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.